AIA Wisconsin 2011 Contractor Award for the Milwaukee County Historical Society

May 10, 2011

The Studio has received the AIA Wisconsin Contractor Award 2011 for the restoration work on the Milwaukee County Historical Society.

The Milwaukee County Historical Society restored the building's atrium and mezzanine to the original grandeur of the 1937 Second Ward Savings Bank.

Removal of acoustical tile ceilings revealed ornate plaster moldings that had been riddled with hundreds of holes and covered with layers of paint. Molds were fashioned from existing ornamental plaster elements and new castings replaced those damaged by the installation of the dropped ceiling. The restored original Greek key, laurel leaf, egg and dart, and lamb's tongue moldings surrounding the ceiling's four recessed coffers were vital to the facility's interior decoration.

Once the plaster restoration was completed and a decorative sample was approved, a paint scheme was developed to echo the original, decorative painting, gilding, and glazing.

Today, the 1913 neoclassical facility will once again inspire visitors and continue its decorative legacy with renewed confidence.

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