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Historic Third Ward Riverwalk Wins Awards

The Historic Third Ward Association and City of Milwaukee Business Improvement District No. 2 was proud to announce the Historic Third Ward Riverwalk project was the recipient of a 2007 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design.

The AIA Honor Awards are the profession's highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence in architecture, interior architecture, and urban design. Selected from nearly 700 total submissions, the Riverwalk joined 28 projects honored at the AIA 2007 National Convention and Design Exposition.

“The projects and plans bridged the traditional boundaries between architecture, urban design, and planning to address a range of important issues facing many developed communities,” said Jury Chair J. Max Bond, Jr., FAIA. “The designs reflected not only a great deal of skill, but the responsible values held by the designers and their public and private clients – broad participation, sensitivity to the environment, and to the physical, social and cultural context of each project.”

The Riverwalk project ties together and revitalizes the existing historic buildings and structures along the river; its presence makes the area even more attractive for use and/or redevelopment. This addition of approximately a mile to the riverwalk system through the heart of the City creates a multitude of new and interesting vistas and vantage points as well as an access point to the water. When visitors experience Milwaukee in such positive venues as the Historic Third Ward Riverwalk, they are predisposed to return to other amenities in Downtown.

In 2006, the Riverwalk also earned Special Recognition from the American Institute of Architects as well as a Special Achievement Award for Public Space from the International Downtown Association, the honor of Top Project from Wisconsin Builder Magazine and an Award of Excellence at the Sustainability & Energy Efficiency Leadership Awards.

Planning for the $11 million Riverwalk project began in 1999 and the nearly one mile long boardwalk was opened to the public in sections beginning in 2004. A connection to the Milwaukee Downtown Riverwalk was completed in the summer of 2005.

Partners in the Historic Third Ward Riverwalk project included Engberg Anderson Design Partnership, Milwaukee Department of City Development, Beyer Construction, Milwaukee County, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and artist Mary Miss.




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Above photos by Ellen Pizer


The Historic Third Ward Association, established in 1976, works with neighborhood residents, businesses, merchants, real estate developers and brokers, community organizations, and civic leaders to foster, promote and encourage business retention, expansion and recruitment in the local area. The Association is a private, non-profit financed through a combination of the BID, City and membership support.

The City of Milwaukee Business Improvement District No. 2 (BID No. 2), is a state statute-enabled entity created in 1987, which has the power to levy assessments on business property. The BID promotes economic development in many ways including streetscaping, construction of capital projects, enforcement of architectural guidelines and support of property owner interests.


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