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Historic West Monroe building to be restored

Updated: Jun. 18, 2021 at 10:36 PM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - When 201 Trenton Street was built in 1911, the world was a very different place. William Howard Taft was in the middle of his only term as President of the United States, and a person’s average income was only $520 a year.

While a lot has changed in the last 110 years, one woman is hoping that some things stay the same.

Kristen Lambrecht owns the building on 201 Trenton Street and is hoping to restore the structure to its original state.

“We love downtown West Monroe and we’re just staunch supporters of the restoration down here.”

The building was home to Central Savings Bank throughout the 20th century. Jennifer Bass works for Lambrecht, who owns a business caring for senior citizens.

“We have spent so much time professionally caring for people who lived when this building was a vibrant part of a vibrant downtown. It’s exciting to talk to some of our clients and say hey we are in that building on the corner of Trenton and Wood street and they go oh yeah, I used to bank there.”

Currently, the state is offering grant money up to $10,000 for anyone restoring an old building in a “Main Street District.”

“There is just a lot to do to bring this building back.  And having the grant available, of course we are looking for that.”

Adrienne LaFrance-Wells is West Monroe’s Main Street Director.

“It will be an iconic corner for our downtown.”

Lambrecht is hoping to have the building completed in 90 days. She wants the bottom floor to be an on-the-go grocery store, while the top floor will be residential.

Anyone who is interested in restoring an old building in West Monroe is encouraged to contact Lafrance-Wells at alafrance@westmonroe.la.gov.

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