In 2016, the Milwaukee Veterans Administration announced that Edward Townsend Mix’s iconic Old Main at the Old Soldiers Home on the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center grounds, just south of the stadium would be converted into veterans housing in collaboration with developers the Alexander Company.
The following year, we went inside for a peek before work began and shot a video that you can see here.
Eighty apartments are planned for the structure, with its instantly recognizable tower, built in 1869. Another 14 single-room occupancy units will be created in the nearby Administration Building (which once served as a train station and post office) and four duplexes (including the former Catholic chaplain’s quarters) on the grounds will also be restored for use as veterans housing.
That’s a total of 101 housing units, plus community space and onsite support services for veterans.
There will be space for singles, couples and families. Old Main will also have a women’s wing for residents who prefer that option.
Now, this week, as work continues on the $44 million projects that has also included the participation of Milwaukee Preservation Alliance, Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee, Center for Veterans Issues, Uihlein Wilson Architects and Quorum Architects, we went back inside for another look.
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Originally published by Bobby Tanzilo in OnMilwaukee.