The initial redesign change of the of the new Milwaukee Art Museum and War Memorial addition has gained the Department of City Development, City Plan Commission and Common Council approval to advance with the project. The $25 million addition to the Art Museum and Lake Memorial building adjacent to the lakefront has undergone initial approval of the previous design presented by the architect Jim Shiekds of HGA architects. The architect has also announced that the new independent design of the additional space will not challenge the Calatrava Milwaukee Art Museum addition or the War Memorial building.
The new design changes of the 17,000 square foot expansion of the existing War Memorial building adjacent to the lakefront and the famous Calatrava Art Museum included a coffee shop and additional gallery space for the increasing demand of the facility. The new redesign has also canceled the previously proposed entrance for pedestrians from the lakefront side, and adds new public entrance and stairs leading to the top of the proposed addition overlooking Lake Michigan. The new design has darker building facade and recessed windows to replace the flush glass curtain wall on the white exterior.
The building was founded in 1888 and has been evolving ever since to make the current buildings and new addition, and galleries to be reinstalled. This change is both “bold and necessary” to revive the current buildings and gallery collections demand increase attracting additional visitors. The new addition should improve the overall museum environment and visitor experience fixing the existing facility and adding more artwork galleries to explore.