La Crosse Council removes historic designation for downtown building

Move clears way for demolition of 'War Eagle'

Historic designation removed for 'War...

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - City council members voted Thursday night to grant an appeal from a La Crosse business owner, reversing a decision by the Historic Preservation Commission to designate the building containing the 'War Eagle' mural a historic place.

Rahn Pischke bought the building that dates back to the 1800's with the intention of demolishing it to expand parking at his downtown car dealership.

The Historic Preservation Commission voted to protect the building in August, but Pischke argued the historic designation was not properly granted.

After an hour long public hearing and debate, the council agreed on a 10-to-3 vote, removing the designation.

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