Future of The Domes

Future of the Mitchell Park Domes

From the FOD Executive Director

Dear Friends of the Domes Members,
As you know from our letter to Membership dated June 12, 2018, the FOD feels that the options for the future of the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory being presented for public input should include the option of building a new Conservatory.

Although you will not find consideration for a new facility on the list being linked here, asking the opinion of the public via a survey button at the bottom of the page, the Friends of the Domes feels it is important that it be considered, given the fact that structural engineering studies have not yet been performed to see if the current structures can be saved.

We believe there should be an Option 7 to present a complete list of options to the public. This possibility needs to be considered not only because it may turn out to be the only option, but it may also be the most economical, and might even be the option preferred by a large percentage of the public.

Thank you for your consideration,
Sally Sullivan
Executive Director
Friends of the Domes

Friends of the Mitchell Park DomesMilwaukee County Parks

Option 7

A New Horticultural Conservatory

New construction would have a life span of 50-75 years vs. 25 for repair of the Domes.

There are multiple locations within Mitchell Park that could support a new conservatory.

A new conservatory with a modern design could provide very positive exposure for Milwaukee the way the Calatrava building did with the Art Museum.

New construction could be built with green technology, be energy efficient, innovative, and forward-looking in many ways:

  • Generate it’s own electricity
  • Water retention systems, water recycling and cisterns
  • Computer controlled technology in the Conservatory similar to that operating in the Greenhouses

Imagine just one of the possibilities:

  • A new facility built on the east side of Mitchell Park, on the hill overlooking the city skyline
  • A destination restaurant with both the Milwaukee skyline and Mitchell Park as the view from every table
  • Parking would be abundant
  • It would be a facility built with education and the appropriate space for it in mind

The function of the Conservatory has changed over the years to include events, weddings, parties, and concerts. Such functions as well as a restaurant could be incorporated in a cohesive way to increase the function of the facility and drive more revenue to better enable the Conservatory to be partially or fully self-funding. These are features meeting the needs of a 21st century facility.


The Possibilities

Mitchell Park Green Space

Domes Green Space
Mitchell Park Green Space
Mitchell Park
Mitchell Park Space

East Side of Mitchell Park

East Side of Mitchell Park

Structural Ideas

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
Amazon Spheres, Seattle WA
Botanical Gardens, San Antonio
Enid A. Haupt Conservatory Botanical Garden, New York
Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh
Botanical Gardens, Copenhagen