This week on Urban Spelunking, we’re checking in on a story we’ve been following for years — the transformation of the Warner/Grand Theater as it becomes the new home of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
The 1930 building is designated as historic. Originally designed as a movie house, the theater has been undergoing constant renovation to make it suitable for an orchestra.
One of the biggest projects overall was to move the back wall of the theater, which crews completed successfully Tuesday. Because of its historic nature, the National Parks Service required the MSO to move the wall intact, in one giant piece, rather than taking it apart.
Sliding along a track, workers from Expert House Movers of MD, Inc. inched the wall approximately 35 feet toward 2nd Street. The whole maneuver took several hours.
Listen to this week’s podcast for much more about the move, including a detailed vision and timeline for project.