Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center

Madison, WI


This neighborhood landmark, constructed as a church in 1914, became the home of the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center (WWNC) in 1980.


The WMNC is a community-directed, non-profit organization concentrating on enhancing the quality of life by fostering community building and partnerships and Supporting life enriching programs providing opportunities and services.


Services for this study included code review, programming, design and cost estimation. The design focused on four elements: First, recreate the original sanctuary as the building “jewel” and a multi-use performance space; Second, reconfigure the existing office and meeting spaces to allow it to serve as a post-performance gathering space; Third, provide a new pre-school for the arts; and Fourth, create new entries.


The performance space includes a mezzanine while the new entry sequence is more welcoming and spacious.

A new corner entry at the existing bell tower which leads to the performance space.

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