2021 CDA Best New Development or Renovation–Mixed Use: Ellsworth Block
The structure, which was built in 1871 and required a complete renovation, is home to the Wisconsin English as a Second Language School and serves business executives and students from all over the world who want to improve their language skills for academic, personal, or professional reasons. The project not only created an open, updated space for the school, it resulted in a stunning look for the Ellsworth Building that is now available for business events such as small conferences and private gatherings such as weddings. In normal times, the school serves about 400 students each year and an estimated 2,400 people will visit the space on an annual basis.
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