University Wins Award for Riverview Restoration

Friday, November 19, 2010

St. Cloud State University’s Riverview Hall was recently awarded a Restoration/Rehabilitation Award from the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota.

Designed by Clarence H. Johnston, Sr., Riverview is the state university system’s only continuously occupied building on the National Register of Historic Places.

“The University and surrounding community have shown unprecedented support for the project, most recently featuring the building on St. Cloud’s South Side Home Tour,” stated the award declaration. The upgrades cost $4.5 million and took a little more than a year to complete. They included bringing the building into compliance with modern safety and accessibility codes. Technology upgrades added a computer lab and so-called smart classrooms. St. Cloud State also renovated one classroom to look as it did in 1911.

Riverview, which was built from 1911-13, was the neighborhood elementary school on St. Cloud’s South Side until 1958. Riverview then housed the university’s English Department until 2008. Communication Studies now calls Riverview home.

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