July Preservation News

Summer might be winding down, but MPA is heating up! August is coming in full steam ahead with plenty of community events, advocacy opportunities and educational programming - read on to find out more!

The Domes Need Your Voice!

With the recent news coming to light about the potential demolition of one or more of the Domes, MPA is calling on our incredible supporters to help us fight for Our Domes. Ways you can help:

  • Fill out this form on the new Future of Mitchell Park Website:
  • Contact your local elected officials using the format below, edited to your voice:

Dear [insert elected official name]

My name is [insert name] and I am a constituent of [Insert your District #].

I am writing to you to voice my concerns over the comments that emerged from the Committee on Parks and Culture on July 18th that degraded preservation and threatened the future of the Mitchell Park Domes. The Domes are a city-wide treasure with intrinsic historic value and significance. They are not merely an iconic structure utilized by suburbanites, but a stunning historic landmark that is visited by people from around the globe.

I urge you to stand for the preservation and reconstruction of the three existing Domes, as the most sustainable building is the one already standing. The Domes are a National Treasure, and their contribution as an example of stunning Mid-century Modern architecture goes unmatched anywhere else in the country.

Thank you for your time and consideration,

[Insert Name]

Not sure who to send your letter to? Click Here:

Find My Elected Officials

Attend the next Committee on Parks and Culture meeting, Tuesday, September 12th, 2023 at 9am, Room 203-R, Milwaukee County Courthouse. This crucial meeting will reveal the new cost of repairing the Domes. Show the County you care about what happens - MPA will certainly be there!

Preservation Hot Take: Brady Street Pedestrianization Study

MPA is proud to support the proposal for enhancing safety and pedestrian access in the Brady Street Corridor. There are thousands of examples across our globe of the benefits of pedestrianizing a high-traffic neighborhood thoroughfare, and in the eyes of MPA this proposal will greatly benefit not only the safety and well being of visitors to Brady street, but the overall experience of historic street-front. Follow the link to learn more.

Brady Street Proposal

Preservation at Risk

Each month, MPA will use this section to feature buildings and sites we consider to be “at-risk” of demolition - either imminent or in the future.

Stoddard Martin House

418 S 4th Street

Summerfield Church

728 E Juneau Ave

Photo Courtesy of Urban Milwaukee

What MPA is doing:

We are trying to secure a cost estimate to move the Stoddard Martin House from its current location to a vacant infill site. If you have any advice or insight into moving historic buildings or want to get more involved, please contact us at mpa@milwaukeepreservation.org

Photo Courtesy of On Milwaukee

What MPA is doing:

We are in contact with the UMC for Greater Wisconsin to try and keep a vested interest in whoever the purchaser of the building may be. We will encourage them to preserve all or major parts of the building in lieu of demolition. If you have any suggestions or stories to share about Summerfield Church, please feel free to contact us at mpa@milwaukeepreservation.org

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Join APT, Docomomo and MPA for a mid-summer Happy Hour!

This event is FREE and open to the public. There will be a cash bar. Details for the event and registration link can be found here:


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Join us each month around the Greater Milwaukee Area as we explore historic buildings, adaptive reuse projects, and highlight incredible small businesses - all in an informal social setting!


August Metro Monthly will take place at the stunning historic Central Standard Distillery! Date to be announced shortly.

Join us for a brief history of the building presented by Central Standard co-owner Evan Hughes, then grab a cocktail and head to the roof for one of the best views of the city.

If you’d like to suggest a location in your neighborhood, please send us your recommendations here!

Soldiers Home Updates

Summer is winding down, but we still have Soldiers Home Tours Available!

Register Today

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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Be sure to follow Save the Soldiers Home on Facebook and Instagram for all the latest updates!

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Cream City Symposium - September 8th, 2023

Join MPA for a full day of Cream City knowledge featuring three speakers, an afternoon tour of the Pabst complex, and an evening special reception.

Are you an architect? This event is co-sponsored by AIA Milwaukee and will count for 4 AIA CEUs!

Registration opens August 1st

Celebrating 20 Years of MPA!

Find us around town at these Upcoming Events:


2nd Docomomo/APT Historic Happy Hour

6th Bronzeville Art & Culture Festival

12th Hank Aaron State Trail 5k

16th Night Market


8th Cream City Symposium

9th Silver City International Festival


Our BIG 20th Anniversary Celebration!


Veterans’ Day Special Soldiers Home Tour

PBS launch party

8th-10th PastForward Conference


Annual Meeting






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Your membership and support are appreciated!

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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