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The Milwaukee County War Memorial Center
  • Address:
    750 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr.
  • Taxkey:
  • Architect:
    Eero Saarinen
  • Architectural Style:
    Modern
  • Status:
  • Assessment:
    Tax Exempt
  • Year Built:

As of 2015, the building is undergoing an extensive remodeling and expansion on the Lake Michigan side.

From Guides to Historic Milwaukee: Juneautown Walking Tour by Mary Ellen Pagel and Virginia Palmer (1965)…

One of the last of Saarinen’s works, the Memorial Center is generally ranked among his best. It embodies his ingenious solution to the problems posed by the requirements of this building-that it be commodious enough to house offices, meeting facilities, and the galleries of the Milwaukee Art Center, yet not obscure views of the city and Lake Michigan. In both its usefulness and beauty this edifice admirably memorializes the dead while serving the living. The striking mosaic on the west façade was executed by Edmund Lew of Milwaukee. Names of the war dead are inscribed on black granite blocks around a reflecting pool in the open court area.

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