On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and The Alexander Company announced that they will collaborate on an estimated $25 million plan to restore a trio of Milwaukee VA Soldiers Home buildings for reuse.

The three buildings – the chapel and Ward Memorial Theater, designed by Henry C. Koch and Edward Townsend Mix’s Governor’s Residence – have long been expected to be the focus of work to facilitate reuse, now that Old Main and five other structures on the historic campus have been renovated.

In fact, media was given a tour of the theater and residence a few years ago when an RFP was released for the three buildings. Sadly, the condition of Koch’s beautiful shingle-style chapel was already too precarious at that time for visits.

The buildings are expected to be returned to their original uses and once reopened will add 35,000 square feet of community space for veterans and supportive services on the sprawling, verdant campus near American Family Field.

Click here to continue reading ยป


This article was originally published by OnMilwaukee.