An Historic Polk County School House
Where Education Continues

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Lamar Purpose

- Maintain and Care for the Historic Lamar School for Public Use

- Offer Forward Thinking Education to the Community

- Make Lamar Available for Community Events and Gathering Space

Lamar serves the area communities of St. Croix Falls, Taylors Falls, Dresser, Osceola, Centuria, Balsam Lake, Amery, Milltown, Luck, Cushing, Eureka, Frederic and the surrounding areas.

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Franconia Sculpture on Lamar Front Lawn

Franconia Sculpture on Lamar Front Lawn

Franconia Sculpture Park has graciously installed this beautiful outdoor sculpture on the front lawn at Lamar, the sculpture is on loan. Thank you Franconia!

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Lamar Building Restorations

Lamar Community Center is committed to completing the restoration and renovation of its building, historic Lamar School, by incorporating sustainable building materials where possible and renewable energy systems. 

Significant foundation grants have been given to Lamar by the following organizations specifically towards the building restoration fund. Jeffris Foundation, Otto Bremer Foundation, USDA Rural Development, Helen Bader Foundation and the St Croix Valley Foundation. In addition hundreds of individuals and local area business made contributions to the building fund capital campaign.

Lamar is grateful to all of the donors that contributed to the Lamar School building restoration efforts.

See the blueprints

Current Restoration Progress as of December. 13, 2013

Images progress back in time with the most recent towards the top.

Open House Aug. 2014

Open House Aug. 2014

Open House Aug. 2014

All new upper exterior windows, getting installed.

A glimpse of what the new basement windows will look like.

Basement bathroom framing.

Concrete in the basement floor is poured.

Concrete into basement continues.

Concrete gets leveled.

Concrete flows into the basement.

The pour starts.

Placing new forms in the basement to create new concrete footings that will support the new metal beams in the basement in order to make the dance floor upstairs flat.

Forming basement footings near old chimney.

Soon to be actual windows facing the road.

Basement plumbing gets installed for bathrooms.

Structural beams in the basement go in.

Bracing up the ceiling/attic floor.

Getting ready to update the structural roofing system in the attic.

Lumber for new attic truss system getting loaded into the attic.

Minor interior de-construction to find the original windows.

De-constructing the old stage area and ceiling supports.

Windows are opened up.

New well pump and pitless unit gets installed to make fresh water flow indoors.

Building committee members from throughout the area have been meeting for over two years planning and developing. The architectural plans are complete and the process of contractor selection in underway as of Aug. 2013.

The first phase of the building project was completed in 2004.  With the suppport of funding from the State of Wisconsin-Focus on Energy, Lamar installed a solar high mass heating system concurrent with foundation renovation.  The material selected for the foundation was a recyclable insulated block.  As a demonstration project, Lamar has held seminars in solar system design and installation since 2004 and has provided tours for hundreds of trades people, governmental officials, school groups, and the general public.   The renovation of Lamar is anchored by dedication to conservation, sustainable materials, and renewable energy systems as a living model for the area.  

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