Dawn McCarthy Honored with
"Cream of the Cream City" Award
MPA Board with Milwaukee Alderman Bob Bauman
This week, Dawn McCarthy, President of Milwaukee Preservation Alliance (MPA) was awarded a Cream of the Cream City Award, by Milwaukee's Historic Preservation Commission.
Dawn led MPA in an orchestrated campaign to have the Milwaukee Solders Home recognized as one of America's 11 Most Endangered Places by the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP). She also played an instrumental role in helping the district achieve National Treasure status.
Based on the momentum of these successful campaigns, MPA in partnership with the NTHP convened a Community Advisory Council (CAC) with representation from veterans, neighbors, preservationists, civic, community and business leaders. The CAC is advocating for the protection, repair and rehabilitation of the Soldiers Home and identifying a vision for the future of the district's historic buildings.
In 2012, the CAC finalized a Consensus Report outlining their shared views regarding unmet veteran needs, potential reuses of the district's buildings and their commitment to making their vision a reality. The Report has played a key role in critical meetings with the VA and Section 106 consultations regarding how best to rehabilitate and reuse the district's vacant buildings.
MPA worked alongside the VA and other stakeholder groups to achieve great victories in 2012 when the VA completed repairs to fix a major roof collapse in Old Main, the District's most notable building. The repairs came at a critical time and were complete before that winter, preventing any further damage. Additionally, the VA began work to repair roof trusses and water infiltration at the historic Ward Memorial Theater.
On behalf of everyone working to return these buildings to the service of veterans, we congratulate Dawn and MPA on this significant honor. Their work will continue to be a critical part of the ongoing effort to make our vision for the Soldiers Home a reality.