The Batavian Building is being restored in downtown La Crosse

A century-old building in downtown La Crosse is getting a new start.

The Batavian building on the 300 block of Main Street has played an important role in the city since it was built in 1888.

It was originally home to the Batavian Bank, which helped the city of La Crosse make it through some of its toughest financial times.

The building was recently sold and on Saturday its new owners began the process of restoring the building by clearing it out.

They say they plan to restore the building to its original configuration and keep the original architecture intact.

“People are already excited. They love this building, they always have. But the state department and the Wisconsin Historical Society are super excited because this is one of the best, well known, architecturally significant in not only the state, but the country,” said Ken Riley, managing partner at Batavian Building, LLC.

The Batavian Building is on the National Register of Historic Places. As part of the renovation, the owners plan to restore the building’s conference room on the second floor and fill the fourth and fifth floors with apartments.