North Shore Legion Hall gets a makeover

Home Depot employees helped members of the North Shore American Legion Post 331 remodel three stories of their 75-year-old building at 4121 N. Wilson Drive in Shorewood.

Home Depot employees helped members of the North Shore American Legion Post 331 remodel three stories of their 75-year-old building at 4121 N. Wilson Drive in Shorewood. Photo By Submitted photo

April 22, 2015

Shorewood — The North Shore American Legion Post 331 building in Shorewood is receiving a $10,000 makeover, thanks to a grant from the Home Depot Foundation.

The 75-year-old building at 4121 N. Wilson Drive will see improvements on all three floors. The Home Depot Foundation not only provided $10,000 worth of materials, but also provides labor from 15 to 30 Home Depot employees, who come from as near as Glendale and as far as Sheboygan. Additionally, about five to seven Legion Post members have voluntarily helped with the renovations, including one 92-year-old World War II veteran.

The first floor bar and dining room area has new flooring, because the previous flooring was damaged by water. The bar area has also been touched up with freshly-painted walls and new linoleum on the footrest around the perimeter of the bar.

On the second floor, the banquet hall where the post holds its meetings is being renovated from the floor to the high-peaked ceiling. The wood laminate flooring has been stripped off, to be replaced with newer flooring. The walls have been freshly painted, and the ceiling tiles have been replaced with fresh drywall.

The third floor is being renovated for the first time since 1940, when the legion hall was built. The space is used by the women's auxiliary, and will additionally be used as office space for the restaurant manager and the post's finance manager. The room received a fresh coat of paint and new carpeting.

The remodeling work is expected to be done in time for the legion post's annual rummage sale on April 24 and 25. The Legion Post is planning to have a grand reopening ceremony sometime in the near future.

"We were really strapped for cash, so we appreciate the donation," said past commander Michael Braun.

Home Depot Foundation provides funding for modernization of old buildings for veterans service organizations. The foundation also provides funding to disabled veterans or elderly veterans to make their homes more accessible for them.

Peter Werner, the legion post's adjutant, said Home Depot's support of military veterans is indicative of the support that exists for military veterans — a sentiment that wasn't so pervasive during the Vietnam era.

"Veterans were not appreciated, but they are now, and that's a good step," he said. "This grant from Home Depot shows they are putting their money where their mouth is."

Legion Post Commander Ken Walz said the organization's next goal is to make the building handicap-accessible through the installation of an elevator and handicap-accessible bathrooms.

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