Department of VA Community Resource & Referral Center

Milwaukee, WI

Originally built in 1925 for a cartage company (for horse-drawn carriage delivery services), this historic, 10,000-square-foot, cream city brick building was recently renovated for it’s newest tenant, Department of Veterans Affairs.

Much of the work included interior demolition to reconfigure the space for a workable office environment for the VA. The exposed brick walls and open steel truss structures remained an important design element and are showcased throughout the building. Additionally, three major skylights along the center of the roof line are a focal point for the building and allow for ample natural lighting. Exterior work included miscellaneous site improvements, tuck pointing, repair work on the building’s windows and skylights, as well as a roof replacement.

Having an extreme significance to the Bronzeville District, this historic building was eligible for historic tax credits from the State of Wisconsin and the federal government through the Natural Park Service. 1818 N. Martin Luther King Drive will continue on as a historic site, due to the famed civil rights leader, but also because of the VA’s Jobless Initiative, which is meeting the current and future needs of Veterans in the area. Additionally, the revitalized building is pursuing LEED Silver certification.

Category /

Government & Municipal

Attributes /

Additions and Remodels
Historic Renovations

Architect /

Chequamegon Bay Group, Inc.

Awards /

2014 Daily Reporter Top Project Award
2015 Milwaukee Business Journal Real Estate Awards - Honorable Mention: Best Neighborhood Impact
2015 MANDI Award - Finalist
2015 WCREW Showcase Award - Deal of the Year for Development - Finalist