Widsten Elementary School

Historic Downtown Wayzata Walking Tour

Widsten Elementary School

Wayzata, Minnesota 55391, United States

Created By: Hennepin County


The first school to sit atop the hill at Rice Street and Broadway Avenue was built circa 1890. It was replaced at least once before this unusual Pueblo Revival building was constructed in 1921. Originally named Wayzata Consolidated High School, it housed grades kindergarten through twelve. The building featured a gymnasium with clearstory windows, a regulation-size basketball court, as well as indoor showers and a community room with fireplace. Classrooms were purportedly filled with natural light and boasted views of Wayzata Bay and the town below. When a new high school was built in 1953, the building was renamed Widsten Elementary School in memory of the late Principal Halvor Widsten. It continued to serve as an elementary school until Wayzata Public Schools sold it to a developer in 1989. The building was ultimately razed in 1992, and today the site is occupied by townhomes.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Historic Downtown Wayzata Walking Tour


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