• December Task Force Meeting

    December 21, 2017

    The Milwaukee County Task Force on the Mitchell Park Conservatory Domes continues its work to guide a future for the Domes. The recent Milwaukee Magazine article “Report:The Domes Could be Attracting Many More Visitors Than It Is” provides an excellent summary of the December Task Force meeting and summarizes a recent report that “…specifies ways the conservatory could attract more visitors, serve broader community audiences and needs, and increase its economic impact by notching up operations, marketing and programming.”

    The next meeting of the Domes Task Force is currently scheduled for Jan 16, 2018, 3 – 6 p.m. at Journey House, 2110 W Scott Street, Milwaukee WI 53204. The meeting will be a work session for the Task Force. The Save Our Domes coalition encourage supporters to attend and show support for a preservation solution for the Domes, where all three domes are rehabbed and reused, as a community resource, with programming and sustainable financial operations.

    You can follow the Save Our Domes coalition on Facebook.

  • October and November Task Force Meetings

    November 8, 2017

    At the October meeting of the Domes Task Force, HGA and ConsultEcon presented preliminary findings from their ongoing work to complete a Future Path and Feasibility Study of the Domes. ConsultEcon representatives pointed out challenges and opportunities for this midcentury modern landmark. The presentation is available here.

    It is expected that HGA and ConsultEcon will present additional findings at the Tuesday, November 14 meeting of the Domes Task Force. Taking place at 5:30 p.m. at the Domes (524 S. Layton Boulevard, Milwaukee, WI 53215): Please attend and speak up in support of a preservation solution for the Domes, where all three domes are rehabbed and reused, as a community resource, with programming and sustainable financial operations.

  • Save Our Domes coalition launches

    July 5, 2017

    Earlier this month, the Save Our Domes coalition was publicly launched. The Coalition is advocating for a preservation solution for the Mitchell Park Domes, and the vision is to see all three domes rehabbed and reused, as a community resource, with programming and sustainable financial operations. Right now, county officials are considering demolition of one or more Domes, along with other options ranging from partial restoration to full reconstruction of the buildings.

    You can follow the campaign on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SaveOurDomes

  • New Engineering Report Outlines Alternate Approach to Rehabilitate the Domes

    March 22, 2017

    Ingenious and beautiful, the Mitchell Park Domes are nationally significant Midcentury Modern structures that are an important part of Milwaukee’s heritage. Milwaukee County is now evaluating long-term options for the Domes, including demolition, partial restoration, or full reconstruction.

    A new report prepared by Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates (WJE) for the National Trust outlines a comprehensive rehabilitation approach that would cost $18.6 million. In addition to costing approximately one-third the amount of the full rehab option outlined by the County’s consultants, the WJE approach also provides solutions to the water infiltration issues that have long plagued the Domes.

    WJE is a highly respected firm that has worked on such high-profile projects as St. Louis’s Gateway Arch, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Milwaukee City Hall, the Washington Monument, and the Sydney Opera House. WJE believes that “the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory Domes are unique, architecturally significant structures that have performed well during their first fifty-eight years of service life and can be preserved.”

    Campaign Goals

    • Rally public support to save the Mitchell Park Domes.
    • Increase awareness about this nationally significant example of Midcentury Modern architecture.

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