WMC “Birdcage” Renovation Takes Shape
It may look like Santa left a giant present in the middle of Veterans Courtyard, but this gift won’t be opened until May 1. That’s when the renovation work on our signature staircase (affectionately known as the “birdcage”) will be completed.
This marks the first major renovation to the glass-enclosed staircase designed by Eero Saarinen since the building was dedicated in 1957. The $800,000 project is being funded by Milwaukee County and will replace all panels with modern, energy-efficient glass. The metal beams are all being stripped and repainted.
The work is being done by Balistrieri Environmental and a huge thank you to project manager Julie Bastin with Milwaukee County.