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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Comments (7)
  1. xxx says:

    Tear out the wood floor and put in a big humidifier

  2. xxx says:

    Or, since the are is being stored, you could take the art out of the building, find a dry warehouse and put it there.

  3. Jake says:

    Just curious, why is this ‘minnesota’ news??

  4. TL the alligator says:

    ….it would be a lot cheaper to just tear it down and put everything in storage……..5.4 milion?….LOL….yeah right, SOMEBODY is trying to rip off us taxpayers……cant afford it, tear it down.

  5. Sue J says:

    Whats the name of the State Inspector that sign off on this? WCCO, you missed the story by a mile! This would have been an easy catch, just follow the paperwork.

  6. JKB says:

    Its fricking ridiculous ! Surely they noticed damages prior to now and could have had work performed a lot sooner which would have cost less, and cured the problem. It wasnt too long ago and the papers had an article about a local school that required million dollar repairs. What the hell is wrong with the maintanance crews to not see problems long before , repair them BEFORE minor repairs become total replacement?

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