A Redesign for Cathedral Square
A recent UWM master's thesis plans for an improved Cathedral Square
As part of his Master’s thesis, recent UWM graduate Craig Huebner offered ideas on how to redesign Cathedral Square Park. He explored conceptual designs for the installation of a permanent cafe on the northeast corner of the park, as well as a permanent stage, streetcar station, bike sharing shelter, and interactive fountains. He also looked at adjustments to Jefferson Street and Kilbourn Avenue that would better connect the park to the neighborhood. Drawing from deep in the park’s past, he proposes re-installing an old-fashioned boardwalk — wood plank sidewalk — on the east edge of the park.
His ideas help illustrate how Cathedral Square Park could become a true town square, and a top-tier urban park. The designs are available in a photo gallery below, or in PDF format.
My design for Cathedral Square Park is just one part of my larger thesis project entitled “NEXT STOP: Place making along the Milwaukee Streetcar route.” The focus of my thesis was identifying key opportunity areas along the proposed streetcar route and suggesting strategic development that the streetcar could support. These different development areas have the opportunity to not only make an economic impact, but also create great new places for Milwaukee residents, employees, and tourists.
One of these great places is the Cathedral Square area. I live within a block of this great urban place and with the possibility of a new streetcar stop adjacent to the park and creation of a new NID, Cathedral Square Park has the opportunity to become even greater. What is important in my mind for the redesign of the park is to not only retain the great events of the park (Jazz in the Park, Bastille Day, markets, etc.) but find ways to design the park to activate the park during non-event days.
What I hope my thesis project is able to accomplish is giving Milwaukee residents a design vision of what the streetcar can help create…I feel like Milwaukee residents are only looking at the “negatives” of the streetcar because they are uncertain about what positives the streetcar can create. In my mind, the streetcar should generate excitement for Milwaukee not just because of its positive economic impact, but also because it has the ability to connect great existing and new places within Milwaukee.