Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett honored the owners and designers of 14 places in the city today with a 2004 Urban Design Award, recognizing bold, interesting designs that captivate the public’s interest in Milwaukee. The winners were announced during a ceremony at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning.
The annual Urban Design Awards recognize businesses, property owners and designers who have gone “above and beyond” to create public spaces or street-friendly buildings that are warm, welcoming, innovative, creative, urban, sophisticated and fun. Winners included new construction, rehabilitation projects, façade renovation, public art, urban open spaces and projects throughout the city that actively promote a lively and engaging pedestrian realm.
“Milwaukee has great curb appeal as we continue to add creative and sophisticated looks to our neighborhood offerings,” said Mayor Barrett. “This year’s winners make this city a more exciting place to live, work and play.”
The following are the winners of the 2004 Urban Design Awards:
The Mercantile Building
220 E. Buffalo
Owner: Tim Dodge
Designer: Thomas Morley, Eppstein Uhen Architects
This street-friendly redesign of a classic Third Ward building enlivens and enriches the urban context by creating inviting storefronts, a striking round-the-corner ramped entry, and interactive facades with receding and advancing elements that wrap the building.
The Wicked Hop
345 N. Broadway
Owners: Miles O’Neil and Andrew O’Neil
Designers: John Vetter and Jeremy Spurgin, Vetter Denk Architects
With high energy and verve, this creative transformation of an historic Commission Row building adds an exciting destination point and wickedly dramatic entry to one of downtown’s most vibrant urban neighborhoods.
East Side BID # 20 Street Furniture
BID Director: Jim Plaisted
Designers: Scott Blum (Rockstar Design) and Tom Wilson
This collection of exquisitely crafted and richly designed urban street furniture by artist Tom Wilson adds a fun interactive element to the streetscape and a depth and character to the architectural vernacular of this dynamic East Side commercial district.
Kenadee’s Ultra Pub
725 N. Milwaukee St.
Business Owner: Tom Wachman (also designer)
Building Owner: Lance Lichter
Engaging passersby with a very hip and jazzy storefront that opens to patio dining on the street, this sensitive adaptation of a historic commercial building adds to the richness and vitality of Milwaukee Street and underscores the special character of this unique neighborhood.
4303 W. Vliet St.
Business Owner: Deborah Pagel
Building Owner: Pat Mueller
Cleverly engaging the public with an animated storefront and high-end customer-friendly graphic design, this is the amazing little business that could, and does it ever succeed in enriching and enlivening this emerging neighborhood shopping street.
321 N. Broadway
Owners: Stephanie Sherman and Carrie Arrouet
Designers: Maria Cieslik and Sharon Celek, Cieslik Celek Interior Design
This glamorous and amazing transformation of a historic Commission Row storefront provides a tantalizing array of graphic elements and urban artifacts that delight the eye and invite passersby to stop in and stay awhile in this colorful, funky and exciting retail shop.
Urban Ecology Center
1500 E. Park Place
Executive Director: Ken Leinbach
Board President: Lorraine Jacobs
Designer: Joel Krueger, Kubala-Washatko Architects
With a big-hearted and pioneering gesture, this bold and adventuresome addition to the historic Olmsted-designed Riverside Park takes on education, green building technology, and community outreach in one fell swoop, adding a high-energy center of activity to the park and a wonderful amenity to its urban surroundings.
The Roots Building
1818 N. Hubbard St.
Building Owner: Tim Dixon (also designer)
Restaurant Operators: John Raymond, Joe Schmidt, and Rebecca Goldberger
Perching deftly cliffside with panoramic views of downtown, this rich assembly of restaurant, dining terraces, hillside overlooks and steps becomes an exciting destination point and bridge between the old-fashioned traditional neighborhood of Brewers Hill, and the new-fashioned urban neighborhood of Beer Line “B” nestled along the Milwaukee River.
Lava Bar & Grill
2028 E. North Ave
Owners: Josh Krish and Bob Overmeier
Designer: Charles Engberg, Engberg Anderson Design
Adding to the warmth and hospitality of the East Side’s “Five Corners” area, this innovative redesign of an older commercial building opens its façade with bracing design and sculptural elements, creating an animated presence on the street and a bold invitation to join in the fun.
Vivo Urban Grill
600 E. Ogden
Owner: Al Balda
Designers: Michelle Olson (Kubala-Washatko Architects) and Jeremy Shamrowicz (Flux Design)
With derring-do and design bravado both inside and out, this richly constructed and tastefully assembled jewel box of a restaurant brings the smoldering warmth and impetuous treats of the southwest desert to one of Milwaukee’s best traditional neighborhoods.
Monument Park at the Parklawn Housing Development
Owners/Operators: Tony Perez, Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee
Housing Authority Chairperson: Ald. Willie Hines
Designers/construction: Karol Kulas (Plant Associates, Inc.), Oscal Dittrich (Larsen Engineers, SC), Daniel Piper (Leedy and Petzold Associates), and Christopher Litzau (Milwaukee Community Service Corps)
A quiet green commons tucked away in Milwaukee’s oldest public housing development (1937), Monument Park successfully combines exciting landscape design with preservation of vintage Works Progress Administration (WPA) era sculptures and artifacts, creating a gathering place for the community and a fond remembrance of the city and nation’s progressive cultural heritage.
Sobelmans Pub & Grill
1900 W. St. Paul Ave
Owners: Melanie and Dave Sobelman
A popular wayside gathering spot, this clever renovation of a classic Milwaukee tavern complete with beautifully detailed Cream City brick, round bay window, historic Schlitz globe sign, and a friendly sidewalk café, adds warmth and vitality to the street and creates a haven for both tourists and “regulars” in the heart of the Menomonee Valley.
Moct Bar (pronounced MOST BAR)
240 E. Pittsburgh Ave
Business Owner: Nebi Torbica
Building Owner: Alex Torbica
Designer: Laurence Zeroth, Studio Zeroth
Landscape Architect: Jovo Ivekich, Northern Exposure Landscaping, Inc.
Adding life and color to a hard-edged industrial landscape, this playful and well-executed restoration of a former manufacturing building uses strong graphic elements, landscape features and a captivating street presence to add character and “big fun” to its surroundings.
Desktop Solutions, Inc.
1810 N. King Drive
Owner: Becky Maniaci
Using carefully chosen and well-executed design elements to repair and restore the character of the façade, this smart and sensitive reconstruction of a traditional Cream City brick building adds to the excitement of the street, the prosperity of the area, and the still growing momentum of the King Drive National Register Historic District.