The Milwaukee City Hall exterior restoration project won a Special Recognition Award from the American Institute of Architects Wisconsin. The same project won MASONRY CONSTRUCTION's 2009 Project of the Year Award.
A registered landmark built in 1896 in the German Renaissance Revival style, the nine-story building is clad with granite, sandstone brick, and architectural terra cotta with a slate mansard roof punctuated by gabled dormers. At the south end of the building, the masonry and steel-framed clock tower rises an additional four stories to a height of 393 feet.
Moisture infiltration caused significant deterioration to the structure and the envelope materials. The exterior restoration included 400,000 square feet of terra cotta and sandstone repair, replacement, and preservation, in addition to fixing or replacing hundreds of thousands of deteriorating brick. The general/masonry contractor was J.P. Cullen & Sons Inc., Brookfield, Wis. The structural engineer was Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Waltham, Mass.
This year's MASONRY CONSTRUCTION Project of the Year deadline is Oct. 1.