Though many of its buildings remain in use, some of the District’s largest and most visible buildings are unoccupied and deteriorating. 
Thanks in large part to an advocacy and awareness effort led by the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance (MPA), six of the Soldiers Home’s vacant buildings – including the iconic Old Main - are currently being renovated. 101 supportive housing units for veterans and their families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless will be created. Veterans in need will once again receive care and healing at the Soldiers Home, because every hero deserves a home.
Though Veterans will once again call Old Main home, other key historic buildings remain threatened. Ward Memorial Theater, The Governor’s Mansion and the Soldiers Home Chapel, for example, remain unused and deteriorating. MPA is encouraging the VA to pursue a request for proposals seeking a developer to rehabilitate these three notable, vacant historic buildings.


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