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Being Kept After School

Mineral Point High School

Mineral Point High School before restoration
Mineral Point High School
before restoration

Built as Mineral Point's High School in 1903, and later converted into the middle school, this building served the young people of the area well for decades. It was designed by F.S. Allen, who also designed Washington School in Appleton and Kenosha High School. Allen designed all three schools in the same Richardsonian Romanesque style, but the Mineral Point building is distinctive in its use of the dolomite limestone native to the southwestern part of the state.

When the Mineral Point school district abandoned the building, Stone House Development stepped in with a proposal to convert it to eleven apartments. Stone House has developed a reputation for sensitively converting historic schools to apartments and has many successful projects around the state, including in New Glarus, Janesville and Jefferson. They combine the use of affordable housing tax credits with state and federal preservation tax credits to make the projects feasible.

Mineral Point High School was converted to eleven apartments using historic preservation tax credits.
Mineral Point High School was converted
to eleven apartments using historic
preservation tax credits.

The firm takes particular relish in maintaining the special historic details that allow visitors and residents to appreciate the building as a school despite the changes necessary to convert it to a new use. Lockers are often left in place in the original wide corridors and blackboards are kept as interesting and functional wall treatments. Most old schools have had their windows unsympathetically replaced or walled-over in ill-advised attempts to save energy. That was the case here, so Stone House replaced the blocked-down windows with new ones, based on the original appearance as documented in a historic photograph. The firm says that their schoolhouse apartments are easy to rent: the special character of a historic building gives these apartments a real competitive advantage.


 

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