Welcome to the Historic Civic Center Foundation in Washburn, Wisconsin
The Historic Civic Center Foundation(HCCF) is a philanthropic, not for profit fund intended to support business and community involvement and tourism that benefit the area of Washburn Wisconsin. The HCCF’s purpose is to provide financial support for community-wide programs that benefit the Washburn area and establish a new hub for tourism in the Bayfield peninsula.
The initial project of the HCCF is the renovation of the historic Washburn Civic Center building located on Wisconsin State Highway 13 in the downtown business district of Washburn, WI. A major fundraising campaign is now underway to raise $150,000-$200,000 for Phase III interior renovations.
The building has been gifted to the HCCF.This major donation has resulted in opening up new avenues for revitalizing the City of Washburn. These include:
A. Community gathering space
B. Charitable mission to the community
C. Tourism hub
D. Downtown business district economic development support
What's the Next Step?
The most common question that the HCCF encounters is “When are you going to open?” It's a straight forward question that has an easy answer - “When we have enough money to proceed with additional first floor and exterior renovations.” The second question is “Why can't you just open up now?” The answer to this question is a little more involved. The building needs a modern heating and cooling system that will be expandable to serve the entire building. Also required is a new handicap bathroom, new windows, and additional electrical upgrades. The area for the Wisconsin Lake Superior Scenic Byway, which will be immediately inside the new west entrance, needs to be built. The original open staircase in the building was walled up many years ago and needs to be restored. Necessary work on the exterior of the building includes a driveway, parking lot paving and landscaping. A small patio adjacent to the west entrance requires railings and outdoor seating. Estimates to complete the work that needs to be done in order to open to the public are between $175,000 - $250,000. This is a BIG project! It's important to remember that renovations are estimated to take at least 5 years after the money is available. We are working on identifying federal, state and local funding sources. The exterior work that has already been completed shows what can be done to make a beloved historic building a focal point of the community. Now the interior needs that same attention to bring the building up to 21st century standards. It can, and will, be done! Our first fundraiser, held on September 24th, was attended by 150 people. This exceeded our expectations for a first time event, and raised over $7,000. We want to thank the community for their continued support.
Watch a Video About the History of the Civic Center and Future Plans
Many people are asking to see the video that was shown in the Fireplace Room over Homecoming weekend. Here it is... enjoy and consider making a donation to the HCCF! https://youtu.be/OXpACCWLOrA
Mary and Jim Nowakowski Donate the Civic Center Building to the HCCF!
It's official! Mary and Jim Nowakowski donated the civic center building to the Historic Civic Center Foundation on April 30, 2015. The Nowakowski's have been holding the building and paying for all costs until the HCCF was ready to assume ownership. The HCCF Board of Directors has been able to raise over $90,000 to proceed with first floor renovations. Portions of the first floor will be open for Homecoming weekend July 23-25th, 2015.