Physical Education Building/La Crosse State Normal School
Also known as: Wittich Hall,University of Wisconsin-La CrosseUW La Crosse Campus off US 16, La Crosse, Wisconsin
Former physical education building about to undergo major remodeling and repurposing
Overview Looking Southeast
Wittich Hall is located just north of Maurice O. Graff Main Hall and just northeast of Morris Hall. It is surrounded by old growth deciduous trees that give the building an appearance of a college building in a James Stewart or Disney movie.
Photo taken by J.R. Manning in July 2017
+43.81430, -91.2301043°48'51" N, 91°13'48" W
Quadrangle map:La Crosse
This 32,000 square foot building was designed in the Collegiate Gothic style that was popular at the time of its construction. A large addition was constructed on the south end of the building in 1930, containing a second pool, gymnasium and locker rooms to accommodate the growing enrollment of women to the normal school. Wittich Hall was named for director of the La Crosse School of Physical
Education from 1918 to 1954, Walter J. Wittich.
A greatly enlarged and modern physical education building, Mitchell Hall, opened in 1965.
The first pool was filled in and converted to office and storage space. A student on campus told me that Wittich Hall is about to undergo major repurposing as a high tech training facility.
National Register information
- Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 11, 1985
- Reference number
- Architectural style
- Other architectural type; Collegiate Gothic
- Areas of significance
- Education; Architecture
- Level of significance
- Evaluation criteria
- A - Event; C - Design/Construction
- Property type
- Historic functions
- College; Sport facility
- Current function
- Periods of significance
- 1900-1924; 1925-1949
- Significant years
- 1916; 1930
- July 16, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos.