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Wittenmyer gym will be open for tours

Wittenmyer gym will be open for tours

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Public tours will be offered 9-11 a.m. Saturday, June 9, at the renovated circa-1921 gymnasium building at the Annie Wittenmyer Center, 2800 Eastern Ave., Davenport.

The two-story brick building on the campus of what was originally an orphanage had fallen into serious disrepair by 2010. The swimming pool, showers, toilets and heating system all were nonfunctional, some of the windows were boarded and the basketball court on the second floor had buckled.

“It was close to the wrecking ball,” said Rod Ossowski, the director of fund development for Family Resources, a social service agency that leases 17 buildings on the campus, including the gym.

A $250,000 commitment from the city of Davenport, which owns the campus, and a 20-month capital campaign by Family Resources that raised an additional $858,500 paid for the renovation.

Work included the installation of a new roof with insulation, new windows, a new maple basketball floor, new lighting, gutters and downspouts, and working toilets and showers. The pool was filled in, and that space will be used as a general exercise area.

Family Resources serves as a home/residential treatment center for up to 110 children, 8-18 years old, who cannot, for various reasons, live with their families.

The first- and second-floor entrances have arched, semi-circular tops, and the second-story arch is flanked by bracketed eaves. On the roof is a belvedere to provide ventilation.

The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.



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