Top of mind this month is the uncertain future of the historic 1919 Columbia Hospital, whose fate will likely be decided in the next few weeks. There's a lot happening in Milwaukee Preservation News this month!
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Some of our favorite historic sites, from the Domes and surrounding Mitchell Park to the beautiful Soldiers Home grounds and beyond, are gorgeous coated in powdery white this month ❄. But we’re seeing red over plans to demolish one of Milwaukee’s most historic medical buildings.
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That’s me, MPA Executive Director Jeremy Ebersole, in the photo above with my beautiful new son Walden. Walden just joined us on December 29, and he’s reinvigorated my love of Milwaukee’s special places. I can’t wait to share the Domes, the Soldiers Home, and the countless buildings and neighborhoods around our city that make it so vibrant with him! To make sure that he and all the other future Milwaukeeans have a chance to enjoy these treasures, we have to keep working together to make our mission of “making preservation mainstream in Milwaukee” a reality. Read on to learn more about:
After more than a decade serving as a volunteer on the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance board of directors I am retiring! Please accept my deep gratitude to all our donors, members, friends and volunteers for making Milwaukee Preservation Alliance possible, and all that it is today. Much of MPA’s work is behind the scenes and not particularly visible. We spend time in meetings with decision makers, educating our community about the significant reasons our architectural heritage should be restored and our history preserved, including the significant economic and environmental benefits that accrue from using buildings that already exist.
As 2021 comes to a close, we're incredibly grateful for all we've been able to accomplish together this year for Milwaukee's character-defining historic places. While we celebrate an amazing year, there is still so much to be done going forward at the Domes, Soldiers Home, and beyond. Take a moment to savor the good you made possible in 2021, and join us in setting the stage for an even more momentous 2022! We thank you and wish you a very Happy New Year! Read on to learn more about:
We can't say it enough - we are so grateful for each one of you who believe with us that Milwaukee's older and historic places across the city make our home special. Together we are doing important work - standing up as a unified voice to protect our critical stories - and the world is paying attention! Read on to learn about:
We could not be more honored to announce that the Soldiers Home and MPA, along with project partner The Alexander Company, received a Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation at PastForward 2021, the National Trust’s annual conference. Each year, the national award recognizes and celebrates “the best of the best” preservation projects across the country that have leveraged cutting-edge, innovative and impactful approaches to preservation. This is the highest national recognition bestowed upon a preservation project by the National Trust for Historic Preservation!
As the beauty of Autumn surrounds us this month, we’re excited to announce the date and location of our Annual Members Meeting. Read on for the full update on:
We’ve been busy advocating for historic places throughout the city this month and were thrilled to see many of you in person for two awesome tours that had us safely experiencing the places we all love. Read on for the full update on:
We are incredibly honored to announce that we have been awarded the DOCOMOMO US Modernism in America Advocacy Citation of Merit, recognizing our efforts "as a model for combining both advocacy and public education in modern preservation efforts."
We couldn't be prouder and recognize the many partners who have worked with us to Save Our Domes, author our regional Modernism spotlight, fight for the Forest Home Library, and more.
We believe that buildings of the 20th century are just as important to celebrate and preserve as their older siblings and will continue our work to raise awareness of the value of places from the recent past, especially the still endangered Mitchell Park Domes. Together we are making a difference!