Walworth Elementary School

Walworth, Wisconsin

  • FIRM

    MSI General Corporation


    Walworth Joint District No. 1

  • AREA

    73,210 sq.ft.





(Please note: New area=37,000 sq. ft., remodeled=53,000 sq. ft.; Cost per square foot=$70 (addition), $26 (remodel))

The original Walworth Elementary School was built on the village square in the late 1800s. It was an attractive brick and fieldstone building that was added on to in the 1930s, 1950s and 1960s. The end result was a building of multiple floor levels ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY650COST PER SQ FT$70.00FEATURED IN1999 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation entry points, differing architectural styles and construction materials.

The program provided by the school board required extensive remodeling in existing areas, and the addition of approximately 37,000 square feet of additional space to house classrooms, kindergarten rooms, a library, locker rooms, kitchen, cafeteria, multipurpose room and stage.

The original 1895 school building provided the design pallet for the major addition. The roof lines, brick arches and fieldstone base course were recreated in the new building, which houses the band, choir and art rooms, the kitchen, cafeteria, multipurpose rooms and stage.

A new elevator and ramp provides access to all of the new and existing floor levels. A circular drive at the front of the addition allows parents to drop children off separate from the bus traffic.

An addition on the east side of the existing building contains new boys’ and girls’ locker rooms, and a coaches’ room which open up directly into the existing 1930s gymnasium. The gymnasium was renovated with new flooring, lighting and additional seating.

Photographer: ©Edward Purcell Architectural Photography