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Wis. War Memorial Needs $5.3M In Repairs

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MILWAUKEE (AP) – A Milwaukee County audit shows that the War Memorial Center needs $5.3 million in repairs to stop a leakage problem that is threatening the $750 million art collection that’s stored in the building.

The audit obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel states that groundwater seepage continues damaging the wood floor in the Milwaukee Art Museum gallery space in the War Memorial.

The problems are causing buckles to the floor and a musty odor, and some of the damage threatens to topple or damage artwork.

The structure is leased to the art museum and War Memorial from the county. The $121 million Quadracci Pavilion built in 2001 and designed by Santiago Calatrava is owned by the art museum, not the county.

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