Thank you to all our loyal members for sticking with us into 2024. And if you’re new here, Welcome! We’re happy to have you. In true MPA fashion, we’re starting the New Year with our most exciting challenge yet:

General Capital Group and Joseph Property Development Donate Historic Third Ward Tavern to Milwaukee Preservation Alliance

General Capital Group and Joseph Property Development are pleased to announce their donation of the historic Catherine Foley Tavern, 266 E. Erie Street in the Third Ward, to the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance (MPA). Through this donation, MPA aims to fully restore the building using appropriate preservation techniques. MPA will begin work to stabilize the roof, foundation, and exterior walls as soon as contracts are signed, and permits are in hand. 

 “We could not be more thrilled with General Capital Group and Joseph Property Development’s willingness to work with us throughout the donation process, and their commitment to preservation and transparency,” says Milwaukee Preservation Alliance's Executive Director, Emma Rudd. “As many know, the tavern’s current condition is challenging. This is mainly due to a fire that occurred prior to General Capital Group and Joseph Property Development's ownership. But MPA’s Board of Directors said it best: ‘if we can’t save this building, then who can?’ This tavern has an incredibly rich 140-year history, and restoring it aligns directly with the core of MPA’s mission: protecting our city’s-built heritage. I cannot think of a more deserving project to take on.”

MPA intends to raise funds for the project via private donations, historic tax credit, and grants. For more information on the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance, including how to donate, please visit

This project will require a lot of hard work and dedication, but we’re thrilled beyond belief to be taking it on. If you have it in your heart, please help us reach our goal to fund the Tavern Project - $3,000,000 here we come! 


Join MPA at “An Elegant Auction at the Domes” on February 10th, 5:30-10:30pm. Cost is $125 and includes “Domes-themed food stations, cocktails, entertainment, an exquisite seated dessert and auction in the starlit greenhouse.”

Attend Elegant Auction

The next phase (Governor's Mansion, Ward Theater and Chapel) is about to begin! On February 13th from 1-2pm there will be a public hearing to discuss enhanced use lease of the three buildings listed above. 

  • Want to attend? The meeting is being held at 3rd Floor Rec Hall room 3435, Building 111 Milwaukee VAMC and on Teams (email [email protected] for the link)

Exciting things are coming for tour season this summer - MPA staff met with our incredible Soldiers Home tour guides last week to discuss ways to make your Soldiers Home experience even better! Stay tuned for more information coming this Spring.

Tour season might be over, but you can always tour the Soldiers Home with the Soldiers Home App! Enjoy this beautiful winter weather with a trip to the Soldiers Home!

Self-Guided Soldiers Home Tour

And don’t forget to visit our Virtual Store for Soldiers Home swag, including a great series of stickers! All proceeds benefit MPA and Soldier’s Home advocacy.

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Upcoming MPA Events

February 8 - 4:30-6:30pm | Architectural Artifacts: Strategies for Finding & Reusing” with Mike Jackson, FAIA, and H. Russell Zimmerman

February 28 - 5:30-7pm | “Cream City Care: Preserving Milwaukee’s Cultural Identity” with MPA’s ED, Emma Rudd 

Date TBD | MPA Metro Monthly Returns!

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With your incredible support, MPA has been able to advocate for effective Historic Tax Credit policy, continue our work finding preservation solutions at the Milwaukee Soldiers Home and Mitchell Park Domes, and spread the word about the environmental and economic benefits of historic preservation. Please join MPArenew your membership, or donate today to increase the power of your voice in support of the restoration and adaptive reuse of Milwaukee's architectural heritage. Thank you!

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