Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
This 1930’s historic bungalow style fire house had been sold by the City of Milwaukee in 2009 to a company that made stained glass windows. In 2018 this user grew out of the space and put the property on the market. Our client, who owns an event planning business, was looking for a unique venue to rent out for weddings and events. This structure was very well suited for that application, it just needed some vision and rearrangement of a few elements. Our team worked with the new owner to translate what had been a rather utilitarian interior into a lovely event venue that acts as a perfect photographic backdrop to important life events. While the exterior was largely in great shape, the original wooden garage carriage doors had been replaced with a metal overhead door by the fire department. We designed new wooden carriage doors which have quickly become a favorite feature of guests. On the interior we made many upgrades to the toilet rooms, HVAC system, sprinklers, and finishes to accommodate this new use for large groups. We added a pressed tin ceiling to the main event space, which was the former garage bay to both elevate the level of finish and provide acoustic dampening. Breathing new life into historic buildings is a passion of ours, and we love connecting with like-minded clients to revitalize structures and neighborhoods.