Historic Architecture Preserved in Menasha High School Renovation

By Evan Kruegel, Local 5 News

Published 05/12 2014 08:51PM

Updated 05/12 2014 10:58PM

Appleton, Wis. (WFRV-TV) - 

Menasha High School was built in 1938, and is well known for its architectural significance

        "It's a school that you see and you go, that's a real school," says Senior Isaac Vosters.

So when taxpayers approved a referendum last year to renovate the school, preserving the outside look was a key topic.

        "The way the plans have been drawn up, and the way the referendum was decided, was to really keep this facade intact as part of the building," says Superintendent Chris Vander Heyden. "Hence the additions and remodeling verse what was considered at one time, just a tear down and rebuild completely. So maintaining that tradition was an important aspect to the voters on menasha."

Monday evening, crews officially broke ground on the project. The $30-million renovation includes interior updates as well as new science and music wings. Officials with Miron construction say they're taking extra steps to preserve the storied look.

        "We were able to get a variance from the state of Wisconsin to help protect some of the architectural features on the existing building," says Project Manager Ben Samolinski.

        "I think by us maintaining this historical yet classic facade, and changing the inside to what kids are going to need, and teachers are going to need as we move forward to help grow: it's the best of both worlds," says school Principal Larry Haase.

Something that was important for taxpayers, and also for students.

        "It's nice that they were able to preserve everything the way it is and just build onto it," says Vosters. "And make it look like the original building."

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