Establishing a home for the MSO

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Bradley Symphony Center

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

By renovating the historic Warner Grand Theater, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra established a dedicated performance center and a first-class patron experience. The Symphony selected Kahler Slater to lead them in accomplishing their mission of transforming the theater to a live performance venue and enable growth for the organization.

Built in 1930, the Warner Grand Theater was originally designed for film, rather than live performances. Therefore, the complex renovation included moving the theater’s terracotta rear wall to make room for a larger stage to accommodate the size of the orchestra. In addition, the project integrates an adjacent building that serves as an expanded lobby and gathering place, soloist rooms and enhanced elevators for full patron accessibility. Goals for the project included celebrating MSO’s rich history as well as leverage the renovation to spur economic development in the area. The MSO was approved by the State of Wisconsin for over $6 million in historic tax credits and received conditional approval for Federal historic tax credits.

The Symphony’s new home accommodates 1,750 guests and delivers memorable experience to visitors.

Powerful Results

First Place
International Interior Design Association WI, 2022
Real Estate Award
Milwaukee Business Journal, 2022
Honor Award
American Institute of Architects - Wisconsin Chapter, 2021
Historic Restoration Award
Wisconsin Historical Society, 2021
Metropolis Magazine
Featured Article, 2021
Top Projects of 2021 Award
The Daily Reporter Top Projects