Historic Status Denied for Marcus Center Chestnut Grove

Milwaukee Common Council agrees with Center management, rejects efforts to preserve the trees.

Efforts to preserve a grove of horse-chesnut trees just south of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts appear to have failed as Milwaukee’s Common Council on Tuesday rejected a motion to give the center permanent historic status.

The city’s Historic Preservation Commission had recommended the status in an effort to preserve the grove, designed by internationally known landscape architect Dan Kiley.

The Journal Sentinel’s Tom Daykin reports that the vote to designate the center was just 4-11.

Milwaukee Magazine reported on the backstory of the grove and on two prominent critics’ calls to save the grove.

Here’s Jeramey Jannene’s reporting at Urban Milwaukee. And here’s another view, from Tom Bamberger.



Tom Tolan is managing editor at Milwaukee Magazine, where he's worked since January 2016. He spent 24 years at The Milwaukee Journal and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as a copy editor, assistant metro editor and reporter. He lives in Shorewood.