Friday, August 5, 2016
Milwaukee Soldiers Homes To Be Rehabilitated, Rehabilitate
Save The Soldiers Home, a partnership between The National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance, made an announcement that will have a great impact on the Milwaukee community. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has selected a local team's proposal to rehabilitate and restore six of the Milwaukee Soldiers Home District's unused buildings for their original purpose - the service of veterans. The six buildings will be turned into 100 housing units with supportive services for veterans and their families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
I can't say how much I love the fact that this will be a double rehabilitative effort - both on the buildings and then their use to rehome and rehabilitate veterans. It's a one-two punch to improve Milwaukee. It's always a shame to lose historic buildings and this effort will keep these with such a rich background. They will also provide a much needed service, without having to build new structures.
A team led by The Alexander Company, of Madison, and the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee will lead the renovation. The buildings include 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).