Keep in mind, they are old.
The Mitchell Park Domes, an iconic Milwaukee landmark for nearly 50 years, may be nearing the end of their lifespan.
All three domes at the Mitchell Park Conservatory have been closed since Friday, a week after a piece of a concrete casting fell and prompted county officials to close the park’s desert dome on Jan. 28.
According to a report released Monday by Graef, a Milwaukee-based engineering and consulting firm: “The Domes are old structures that are showing the effects of their age. They will continue to deteriorate unless major renovations are completed.”
Abele estimated the domes would cost between $65 million and $75 million to replace.
It does beg the question… are they worth it? The Domes are neat and have become iconic, but are they worth $65 million to fix? Or if Milwaukee is going to spend that kind of money, could they build something new and different that could be iconic for the next 50 years? I’d be interested in seeing the visitation numbers and how many people have actually been going to the Domes. Particularly if we filter out the school field trips, how busy are they? I’ve been to them a couple of times in the past 15 years, but probably spent a total of 2 hours in the facility combined.