A Milwaukee central city supermarket, a warehouse for storing fine art and a small park developed on a former railroad trestle are among the winners in the 22nd annual Mayor’s Design Awards.
The awards honor Milwaukee projects that contribute to the character of their surroundings, add value to their neighborhoods and contribute to the urban fabric.
This year's program has 23 awards. They will be presented at a Thursday ceremony, starting at 5:15 pm, at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning, 2131 E. Hartford Ave.
The honorees are divided into four categories: Small Gems, Test of Time, Timely Transformations and Designs That Grab You.
Reginald Baylor Studio, 211 W. Florida St. The project adapted a 152‐year old brick building that was vacant for many years. The studio sells Baylor's art, and household goods imprinted with images of his art.
West End Conservatory, 4716 W. Vliet St. This project transformed a 111‐year-old, 3,000-square-foot building into a music school for neighborhood residents.
Save-A-Lot, 2322 W. Oak St. A former Lena's grocery store was remodeled into a Save-A-Lot supermarket.
Glorioso’s Appetito, 1016 E. Brady St. The former Glorioso’s grocery store was converted into a culinary center that features an open kitchen, event space and a cooking school.
Pete’s Pops, 3809 W. Vliet St. A long-vacant storefront was remodeled with a bright design for the maker of frozen fruit confections.
Test of Time
Coakley Brothers Co., 400 S. Fifth St. Coakley Brothers, a moving and storage company, renovated its 174,000-square‐foot complex and added a decorative water tower as rooftop art.
Welford Sanders Historic Lofts, 2801 N. Fourth St. A six-story former shoe factory was converted into 59 affordable apartments and 38,000 square feet of offices.
Guardian Fine Art Services, 1635 W. St. Paul Ave. A former industrial building was converted into the only fine art storage center in Wisconsin, along with an art gallery.
Sherman Phoenix, 3536 W. Fond Du Lac Ave. A building torched during the 2016 riot was converted into a hub for small businesses, many owned by African-Americans.
The 42, 1128 N. Ninth St. The former Pabst distribution center was redeveloped into Milwaukee Brewing Co.'s main craft brewery, Glass + Griddle restaurant and offices.
Homewood Suites, 500 N. Water St. The seven-story Button Block Building was converted into a 94-room extended stay hotel.
Stone Creek Coffee, 2650 N. Downer Ave. A former bank branch, vacant for 10 years, was remodeled into Stone Creek’s 13th cafe, and the first on Milwaukee’s east side.
Sid Grinker Restoration Inc., 406 W. Walnut St. The restoration firm built new work space, as well as additional commercial space to lease, with a modern design.
Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District north and east basins, 3001 W. Congress St. and 4234 N. 30th St. The basins are reducing flooding in the neighborhood by capturing stormwater, and include walking paths, seating areas and public art.
Bader Philanthropies Inc., 3300 N. King Drive. The foundation renovated and expanded a historic building into its new headquarters.
Trestle Park, 501 E. Erie St. A vacant lot and a former railroad trestle that juts out over the Milwaukee River was converted into a small park tied to the RiverWalk.
SmallPie, 2504 E. Oklahoma Ave. A former service station, built in 1933, was converted into a Bay View restaurant.
Designs That Grab You
The Quin, 324 S. Second St. The new five-story building has 68 apartments, an enclosed parking structure and around 1,500 square feet of retail space on its first floor.
Victory Manor, 5556 N. 68th St. The new three-story, 60-unit apartment building is part of the ongoing redevelopment of Westlawn Gardens public housing community.
A.O. Smith Corp., 11270 W. Park Place. The company's new Lloyd R. Smith Corporate Technology Center is designed as a clean, sleek showcase for water technology innovations.
The Griot/America's Black Holocaust Museum, 401 W. North Ave. The new four-story, 41-unit apartment building, known as The Griot, includes the new home for America's Black Holocaust Museum.
Discovery World, 500 N. Harbor Drive. The project included a 10,000-square-foot addition, converting a 150‐seat theater into new exhibit space and consolidating administrative and office areas.
Fiserv Forum, 1111 N. Phillips Ave. The new home for the Milwaukee Bucks, which also hosts other events and will be the main venue for the Democratic National Convention in 2020, opened in August.
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