Bradley Symphony Center 2020
Client:Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Project Category:Renovation and Restoration
Architect:Kahler Slater
Completion Year:2020
Location:Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Capacity:2,400 seats
Restoring the Warner Grand Theater entails the refinement of original detailing and the installation of modern features.

The historic lobby and original ticket booth will be restored to their pre-1950 condition. To make way for the new lobby and reception area, an adjacent two-story restaurant space dating from 1936 will be demolished. While the restaurant building was originally a Moderne structure, past tenants including Burger King and Taco Bell have wiped away that original detailing.

The addition will add contemporary amenities adjacent to the historic structure. The first floor will largely facilitate circulation, while the second floor will be used as a secondary event space by the MSO. A circular skylight, placed above a centrally placed spiral staircase, will illuminate the space.

The project also calls for an intense engineering procedure to move the theater's rear terracotta wall approximately 30 feet east to increase the stage's size. New acoustical features will be added behind historic details to transform the site into a first-class concert hall.