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,
Friends of the Domes
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:
Imagine just one of the possibilities:
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.
We respectfully ask that you give equal consideration to Option 7 in your response to the Task Force Survey in this link seeking public input on the future of the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory. If you agree that Option 7 is another viable alternative, please indicate as such in the “Additional Comments” section of the survey at the bottom of the linked page.
Mitchell Park Green Space
East Side of Mitchell Park