Wowed by Wittich

Renovation of the campus' second oldest building is impressive.

A transition from old to new

Posted 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021

The outside looks familiar, complete with an edifice facelift and updated doors and windows.

Inside, you’ll find familiar remnants throughout a completely re-designed, modern academic building.

The $25 million renovation of Wittich Hall, the original physical education building on campus, was completed this summer and reopened for fall classes. Its new occupants: the College of Business Administration, including the Small Business Development Center.

Wittich would be very happy to see the results of the restoration of the sky lights in the roof, walking track and other historic aspects of the building.

Prior to the re-do the building looked very familiar to its 1916 original opening. It now incorporates a 21st century pizazz appealing to faculty, staff and students.

UWL Professor Emeritus AB Culver, a 1967 UWL master’s degree graduate who completed her thesis on Walter Wittich, for whom the building was named, believes he would approve of the renovation.

“[Wittich] would be very happy to see the results of the restoration of the sky lights in the roof, walking track and other historic aspects of the building,” says Culver. “He would be honored to see how much care and effort has been going into keeping Wittich Hall visible and relevant in the future of UW-La Crosse.”


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