Milwaukee Public Library Community Room

Project Background

The Milwaukee Public Library and Public Museum comprises a combination of French and Italian renaissance styles known as Neo-renaissance. Designed by Ferry & Clas of Milwaukee, the building was designed in a U-shape to provide a common entrance for the library and museum but to keep the facilities separate. Over time a series of renovations have occurred within the building that have not been sensitive to the historic character. This project required a renovation of a community room to provide a modern working space.

Project Type: Renovation Interior

Complete renovation of the community room to provide modern amenities and systems for mechanical, electrical, fire protection, communications, and A/V equipment

Removed glass block infill and recreated three historic windows

Provided ADA accessible spaces

Survey of the existing conditions with reviews of archival documentation

Updated finishes compatible with the historic building

Selected all Furniture and equipment

Comprehensive project with an accelerated schedule


The modern updates to this space required a clear understanding of the existing conditions and careful coordination of all systems. The technology upgrades now allow for high end presentations that meet the need for public, recorded meetings. The renovations restored the historic window configuration to provide more natural light in the space and return some of the historic character to the room. The room now provides full ADA accessible features.

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Library interior renovation to provide all modern amenities within a historic building 

ADA accessibility

Historic window restoration 

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