Historic West Bend Theatre
2020 Completed Project: West Bend, WI
Designed by the renowned Chicago architect firm Graven & Mayger, the Historic West Bend Theatre was built in 1929. It fell into disrepair and was shuttered in 2006. A local investor group bought the distressed property and formed a non-taxable entity to renovate the building. Historic tax credit financing, philanthropic contributions and local fundraising were all critical to financing the renovation and operations of the building.
Located in downtown West Bend, abutting the Milwaukee River, the theatre group successfully created a multi-purpose entertainment and meeting venue for local businesses and residents. A strong collaboration was formed between the investor group and MSI General to facilitate the redevelopment of the 12,560 sq. ft. building. Improvements included: uncovering, salvaging and recreating the original intricate artwork on the walls, proscenium arch and ceiling, reengineering the stage and production area, installation of modern electrical, plumbing, HVAC and A/V components. With the installation of a wheelchair ramp and fire escape, the building now meets ADA and fire code safety regulations. A historic treasure and sight to be seen, this entertainment facility has been revitalized back to its original pre-depression-era state.
R A V I N G F A N
“Without MSI General, we would not have been able to get as far as we got. They stepped in early and supported us through the initial phases of due diligence and whether or not this project was going to be a possiblility. A good, heart-felt thank you to your team.” Nic Novaczyk, President of Historic West Bend Theatre