The Mitchell Park Domes was never just a building. It was an expression of an idea: hope lives. Consider the context in which the domes were constructed … middle of the century in the post-war era. Like the rest of the world, Milwaukee was overcoming the ravages of war. Built in what was, at the time, an industrial valley, these glorious glass bubbles rose from a field of smokestacks. Because of their unique and daringly beautiful shape, they were described as a “willful act of hope.”

We are all familiar with the many challenges facing The Domes. More than 25 years of deferred maintenance has left a daunting situation for Milwaukee County.

Today, there is reason to look to The Domes with hope once again. Friends of the Domes is pushing forward a bright future for our beloved conservatory.

Our new vision for the Mitchell Park Domes:

  • Addresses the building’s physical challenges.
  • Revitalizes Mitchell Park.
  • Enables The Domes to generate sufficient operating income.

The plan includes restoring the domes (new glazing and aluminum), a new café, increased educational facilities, an expanded gift shop, enhanced events space—and, importantly, long overdue steps to reinvigorate Mitchell Park itself. In addition, the energy inefficiencies will
be managed through a series of strategic investments.

This exciting vision also comes with a funding solution … necessary funds would come from private philanthropy, municipal and other public funding sources, and, hopefully, an investment from Milwaukee County.

Friends of the Domes is taking the lead on both the private philanthropic campaign and securing the municipal and other public funding.

Although we still have a lot of work ahead of us, we are well on our way. Friends of the Domes has added more staff and hired experts to assist with planning and implementation. We have already had many early wins.

In answer to the question we hear daily, “What can we do to help?” we say: Support The Domes:

We simply cannot do this work alone. Thank you for joining us in this journey to find a path forward for our Beloved Domes.

Video: Christa Beall Diefenbach, Executive Director of Friends of the Domes, presents solution for the future of the Domes to the Rotary Club of Milwaukee

NEW AT THE DOMES

Train Show: Toyblox: Tiny Toy Towns
DATE: Jan 20 – March 17, 2024

Video: Christa Beall Diefenbach, Executive Director of Friends of the Domes, presents solution for the future of the Domes to the Rotary Club of Milwaukee

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