From blue house to green space
North campus building removed to make way for outdoor area
June 26, 2014
For years it was
called the Big Blue House. Soon, it will be a green space.
The blue house on
north campus that housed The Ministry for University of Wisconsin-Stout
students was demolished Monday, June 23.
After The Ministry
moved out of the house in 2012 to a renovated restaurant on south campus next
to Harvey Hall, the house was sold to UW-Stout. Demolition was the first step
in a process to make a green space and outdoor recreation area for the 925 students
who live in four north campus residence halls.
excited about that space," said Sandra Scott Duex, director of University
Housing. "This will be the congregating area students need when they hang out
together. There's just not a lot of green space now on north campus."
Plans for the lot,
just south of Fleming Hall and bordering Broadway Street, Second Street West
and Third Avenue, haven't been finalized. Most likely the space will include
sand volleyball courts, outdoor seating and grilling areas, retaining walls, a
pedestrian walkway and other landscaping.
One block of Third Avenue, between the lot and Fleming Hall,
was vacated by the city and turned over to the university. That block,
along with the current parking lot adjacent to the lot, will become part of the
overall green space project giving students even more space to enjoy.
Design work is
expected to be finished this fall, and the green space should be open to
students by fall 2015.
commenting on UW-Stout's Facebook page, has good memories of the blue house. "I lived in that house for two years. What an amazing house
with so many stories. Even though it may be gone it will always be in my heart.
That building taught me so much," he said.
A large oak tree on
the lot has not been torn down, Duex said. "Our goal is to work with the
architect to see if we can incorporate the tree into the final design."
The cost of the
project is being covered by student housing fees.
improvements in the past decade have included the additions of Red Cedar Hall,
a suite-style facility, and North Point Dining and Fitness. Also, Fleming and
Hovlid halls have undergone complete renovations.
Top: The Big Blue House that housed The Ministry on north campus
was demolished Monday, June 23, to make way for a new green space for students
in the nearby residence halls.
Middle: A preliminary design for the green space includes sandy volleyball courts and outdoor seating and grilling areas.
Bottom: Sandra Scott Duex