Renewing a Destination of Inspiration projects


 Restoring Masonry to its Original Form and Detail

  • Estimated Cost: $4,000,000-$5,000,000

The Basilica is experiencing significant deterioration of the stone and roof ledges. Loose pieces should be removed and re-secured or replaced to slow the loss of ornamentation, improve safety from falling pieces and sharpen theIMG_6422 appearance of the decorative elements.  The spalling and breakage of the decorative ledges and stone has reached critical levels.  We are losing the beauty of the Basilica piece by piece an urgent action is needed.


Preserving Roof for Future Generations
  • Estimated Cost: $1,000,000 – $1,500,000

There is standing water and lack of waterproofing between copper caps and masonry ledges. In addition there are open or cracked solder joints in field and gutter seams, corner seams, down spout openings, and flashing joints with small holes throughout roof areas. Approximately 60%+ of the sealant joints have loosened and are in need of replacement.  If deferred, interior areas of the building may become subject to moisture damage.IMG_6408

Restoring Historic Stained Glass Window
  •  Estimated Cost: $500,000

stained glass window repair

The two story windows in the stairwells and the sacristies, along with the window frames in the Pavilion are deteriorated due to weather and age.  The Basilica’s stained glass windows are integral to its beauty and tell, in stunning pictures, the history of the church.  they must be preserved if we are to maintain the Basilica’s full, dynamic history.

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Conrad Schmitt Studios, New Berlin, WI restored a section of the west stairwell window. You can see how much detail was recovered.


Lighting the Milwaukee Skyline

Architectural Rendering of the proposed exterior dome lighting

  •  Estimated Cost: $700,000

Carefully balanced textural lighting will articulate the dimensional details of not only the Dome, but also its context within the whole structure. Beginning with highlights on the arched windows below, the base of the Dome will glow in a halo of light blending up toward the Cupola above, finishing with definition of the Cupola windows with a spiritual glow from within, and culminating in the shining Cross. The lighting will bring a sculptural symbol which rises 250 feet into proper place in the Milwaukee skyline.

To Restore and Preserve Our Heritage