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Gorman’s Red Brick wins preservation award


The renovation of the former Red Brick High School has notched another award for Gorman and Co., Inc.

Last Wednesday, the Wisconsin Historical Society Board of Curators named the project as the 2008 recipient of its annual Historic Preservation Award.

Last fall, the company, led by president Gary Gorman, wrapped up a roughly $3 million renovation of the formerly abandoned 1922 school.

The company then moved its headquarters, and roughly 40 employees, from its former home on south Madison.

Local historian Joan Gefke nominated the project for the award.

Joe DeRose, a preservation specialist with the historical society, said the Red Brick project is a great example of how saving a historical building can rejuvenate a community.

“It’s nice to see it used and lit up at night and actually have people in it,” said DeRose. “It’s that type of property that really draws people to it.”

A presentation of the award will be held at a later date.