The Milwaukee VA Soldiers Home Historic District on the grounds of the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center is one of Milwaukee’s most important historic assets. As part of an Enhanced Use Lease (EUL) agreement with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, The Alexander Company and City of Milwaukee Housing Authority are leading a team that has been chosen to restore and rehabilitate six of the District’s vacant buildings. Download the project fact sheet here.
Under the proposal, the buildings – including Old Main (Building 2), the most prominent and recognizable building on the campus, the Administration Building (Building 1), the Catholic Chaplain’s Quarters (Building 14) and three duplexes (Buildings 18, 19 and 62) – will be renovated into a total of 101 housing units with supportive services for veterans and their families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
Project architecture will be led by Uihlein Wilson Architects, with Quorum Architects designing Building 1. Beyer Construction will manage construction of all structures. Upon project completion, the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee will manage the housing units. Supportive services will be provided by the Center for Veterans Issues, and include onsite education, job training, financial assistance, counseling, and transportation services.
Established just after the Civil War, the Milwaukee VA Soldiers Home is a 90-plus acre district that rests on the grounds of the Clement J. Zablocki Medical Center. The Soldiers Home’s recuperative village and landscape were designed to be a place of refuge for Civil War soldiers to aid their recuperation and help ease their transition back to civilian life. One of only 43 National Historic Landmarks in Wisconsin, it contains some of the oldest and most historic buildings in the VA system.