Tina Schwantes, executive
director of the Mequon-Thiensville Chamber of Commerce,
helps Chris Doughty, president and owner of Gentian
Financial, break ground for the addition to the Mequon
business last year.
MEQUON — Construction is underway to expand the former
one-room schoolhouse to house the growing needs of
Gentian Financial Inc.
The addition to the former Holstein School at 12740 N.
River Road, built in 1930, will house the Investor
Center. The addition will be able to accommodate up to
40 people as Gentian hosts educational seminars and
client events. It will also provide additional office
space for the growing company.
“It’s fitting that our office is an old one-room
schoolhouse,” said Chris Doughty, president and owner of
Gentian Financial. “We put a great emphasis on not only
our own continuing education, but in sharing our
knowledge to help our clients and community become more
informed and educated investors.”
Gentian has been working over recent years to retrieve
the history through the limited records it has located
for Holstein School, as well as from past students. The
building, which still bears the school name in an
inscription in stone above the front door, replaced an
1850s-era log school that previously was on the site.
The school was in operation into the 1960s.
The addition to the former one-room Holstein School at
the intersection of Highland and River roads aims to
preserve the history of the building.
Gentian is aiming to preserve and honor the history of
the building, which features Craftsman detail in its
Prior to its purchase as the home for Gentian in 2014,
it housed various other businesses, including an art
studio, architectural firm, marketing firm, consulting
group and hair salon. The building has only had minor
remodeling over the years, according to a news release.
The work now underway replaces a garage-style addition
from the 1970s. Doughty said he is pleased the new
structure will be more architecturally consistent with
the existing building. Groth Design Group architects
designed the new structure. JM Construction is
completing the addition. The targeted completion date is
late this spring.
Doughty received recognition from Forbes last year as
one of the Top 10 Best-in-State Wealth Advisors in
Wisconsin. He also has achieved Raymond James 2018
Chairman’s Council membership.
Additional information on Gentian Financial is available
at its website,