January 25, 2022

State of Wisconsin Plans to Build $46.7 Million Archive Preservation Facility on the Near East Side of Madison

From the Wisconsin State Journal:

The state intends to build a huge, $46.7 million archive preservation facility for the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Wisconsin Veterans Museum by the Yahara River on the Near East Side.

The Department of Administration has proposed demolishing its aging, sprawling Central Services Facility at 202 S. Thornton Ave. and building a four-story, 188,733-square-foot facility on the 5.1-acre site next to the river, city bike paths and railroad tracks.


The state Building Commission unanimously approved the demolition and new archive facility on Wednesday afternoon.


The combined value of the Historical Society and Veterans Museum materials is about

$1.2 billion, the report says.

The new facility will let the state move forward with a new combined Historical and Veterans Museum on Capitol Square, Risser said. The preservation facility is needed to store items while the current museums close and the new structure is built, he said.

The proposed facility would include a four-story archive preservation wing, two-story processing wing, a Native American suite and central office space.

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