One of our nation’s one-of-a-kind assets is in jeopardy and needs urgent action to survive
Ward Memorial Theater, courtesy: Megan Daniels, Milwaukee Preservation Alliance.
Old Main, courtesy: Megan Daniels, Milwaukee Preservation Alliance.
Soldiers Home Chapel, courtesy: Megan Daniels, Milwaukee Preservation Alliance.
The Milwaukee Soldiers Home National Historic Landmark District is an invaluable historical asset to Milwaukee, Wisconsin and the nation. Established just after the Civil War, this 90-plus acre district rests on the grounds of the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center and represents Milwaukee’s role in furthering veteran care in America. One of only 43 National Historic Landmarks in Wisconsin, it is the most intact Soldiers Home in the country and the only one with the majority of its surrounding recuperative village remaining.
Today, this great historic asset is threatened. In response, a broad-based coalition of civic organizations and leaders has come together to renew and restore this living landmark in a way that rehabilitates and reuses the historic buildings on the site, while providing enhanced services to the veteran community. With wise stewardship, the Soldiers Home can be a place of enhanced services to veterans, commemorating the Civil War and honoring the sacrifice of veterans of all wars.