Carroll University has converted
several homes along Wright Street into office space.
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Walking along Wright Street feels like taking a step back in
time. The houses bear fresh paint and many of their original
architectural details have been restored, including porch
columns and corbels. Furniture decorates porches, often filled
with professors or students deep in discussion.
past seven years, Carroll University has renovated eight homes
on Wright Street, two on East Avenue and one on the corner of
College Avenue and Barstow Street, transforming many of them
from beat-up rentals to faculty and staff offices.
chief financial officer at Carroll, said the driving force to
renovate the homes was the need for more faculty offices due to
increasing student enrollment, which in turn required hiring
The house at
120 Wright St. was the first to be renovated and was transformed
into the A. Paul Jones Scholars Hall. Located next door is the
Betty Lou Tikalsky House, which houses the Department of
Communication and Sociology.
More homes are seen along Wright
Street that Carroll University has converted into office
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associate professor of communication, said she really likes
working out of the historical home and appreciates its
configuration. On the first floor, there is a space that serves
as a sort of living room with computers where students and
faculty can come together to work in small groups or sit and
from students has been positive as well, Imes said, explaining
they feel welcomed by the coziness of the buildings.
“They look so
nice. I think it makes the whole campus look nicer,” she said.
the renovations, Carroll worked with Waukesha’s Landmarks
Commission and the Planning Department. Even neighbors helped
remembers one day inspecting one of the houses under
construction. A woman walking by stopped and provided a
suggestion for the home’s renovation. Lostetter said it was such
good advice that it was implemented.
Community Development Specialist Jeff Fortin said many of the
homes had additions and were in disrepair. One of the homes on
East Avenue was in such bad condition that it was facing being
By having the
school renovate the properties versus razing them, the finished
product contribute to the overall downtown area, which is vital
to the downtown’s well-being, Fortin said.
doesn’t have plans to buy any more at this time, but Lostetter
said the long-range plans show it owning all of the homes on
Wright Street and requesting the city allow it to be a walking
For his work
on the renovations, Lostetter was recognized by the Landmarks
Commission with the John Schoenknecht Spirit of Preservation
Award, which “(honors) citizens who have demonstrated
exceptional achievement in the preservation of more than one
historically significant building, structure, or site, or have
contributed in a tangible and exemplary manner to further
historic preservation in Waukesha,” according to the city’s
it was an honor to receive the award as a representative of