Breathing new life into local buildings
Monday, April 15, 2019
With an undergraduate degree in architecture and a Master of Fine Arts in design from University of Wisconsin-Stout, Dharshana Gopalakrishnan appreciates buildings, especially historic ones.
So, it’s not surprising that about two years ago the old Omaha train depot in Menomonie caught her eye. Built in 1906 but not used as a depot for more than half a century, the vacant building had become somewhat of an eyesore but one with great potential, she believed.
The site, on the state and national registers of historic places, soon became the subject of her master’s thesis: How could the building be used today?