Milwaukee Public Library

Milwaukee, WI

The $10 million renovation of a Milwaukee landmark has been done in phases over an eight-year period. The objective has been to bring back the grandeur of a Milwaukee landmark, while providing for the technology and ease in accessing materials that the public expects.

Front Information Desk

This is the hub of Central Library: the place that everyone passes on his or her way into the library. The desk is graceful and welcoming. Information racks are built into the front desk to make general information easily available. The staff person at the desk offers first contact information services.

Betty Brinn Children’s Room

This 15,000 square foot room dedicated to the children is a magical space. Lois Ehlert, a famous author of children’s books, designed the whimsical floor. The tall lighthouse, a replica of a famous Milwaukee landmark, allows children a giant’s eye view of this room designed just for them.

Completed in 1991-1998.



Betty Brinn Children’s Room

  • City of Milwaukee City Innovation Award – 1999
  • ASID Wisconsin Design Excellence Award – Educational / Institutional (First Place) – 1999

Humanities Library

  • Sterling Award – Best Commercial Interior – 1994