We have been working on the concept of Placemaking in the City for a few years now and I am delighted that City staff from the Bubbler at the Madison Public Library have joined forces with our City Art's Coordinator, Engineering Staff overseeing the renovation of the Madison Municipal Building and others to create a one-day pop-up celebration of the building prior to it's renovation.
The free, family-friendly event will take place on Saturday, December 10, 11am-6pm, at the Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Over 100 local artists are participating in this one-of-kind event featuring visual art, performances, hands-on activities and live music. Mant thousands of people have roamed the halls of the historic building over the many years that it has served as a government facility in the heart of downtown, but this will give everyone a new and innovative way to view the space before it's closed for construction. Once the $20.8 million renovation is completed, in the fall of 2018, the restored building will be reopened to the public.
The Madison Municipal Building was designed and constructed from 1927-1929. It is one of Madison's finest examples of the neo-classical revival style. It served as the U. S. Post Office and Courthouse until 1979, when the City of Madison purchased the building. The building was renovated from 1979-1982, converting the building to office space for the City of Madison. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in October of 2002. Bring your friends and family and take another look at it on December 10th!