ST. CLOUD -- Twenty-six years later, St. Cloud State University's Riverview building's historic honors are finally completed.

The school unveiled the building's plaque this (Wednesday) morning for being on the National Register of Historic Places, a list they made back in 1989.

"It's been a long time, a long time coming," says Bill Morgan.

University Archivist Tom Steman says he doesn't know why it took so long to get a plaque, but is thrilled it can finally be displayed.

"That plaque is really is that badge of honor. The building is on the National Register and you would never know before, now you can see just by looking at the building," says Steman.

Riverview opened in 1913 and served as the University's laboratory school until the fall of 1958.

Historian and former SCSU professor Bill Morgan lead the push in getting Riverview on the National Register. He says the building's architecture is the reason he wanted to preserve it.

"So many buildings get torn down and I thought this was a building that must always be here," says Morgan.

In 2009, St. Cloud State University completed a $6.2-million dollar renovation and is now home for the Department of Communications Studies.

Riverview is the only building on campus to be added to the National Register of Historic Places.

 

University Archivist Tom Steman. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)