Memories and items related to a popular fantasy role-playing game Dungeon & Dragons may soon have a home in the Lake Geneva town where the game originated.
A proposal submitted to the city would establish a Dungeons & Dragons museum at 723 Williams St.
Dungeons and Dragons was invented by Gary Gygax in Lake Geneva in 1974. The fantasy role-playing game exploded in popularity, and Gygax’s business flourished and was subsequently purchased by Wizards of the Coast in 1997. Two years later , Wizards of the Coast was acquired by Hasbro, a $ 4 billion-a-year company.
To allow for the creation of the museum, the members of the Lake Geneva Plan Commission unanimously approved, on June 21, the rezoning of the Williams Street property from a business headquarters to a central business district.
The members of the planning commission also unanimously approved the establishment of a commercial apartment on the second floor of the building.
The zoning change of the property and the second-floor commercial apartment has yet to be approved by the city council, which is due to vote on the matter at 6 p.m. on June 28 in the town hall building, council chamber, 626 Geneva St.
Justin LaNasa, owner of the property, said the museum is expected to open shortly after rezoning approval and the property’s parking lot meets city code regulations.