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Milwaukee to get preservation award for city hall renovation

Milwaukee (AP) — Milwaukee officials will receive a national award next week for the exterior renovation of the city hall building.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation will present Mayor Tom Barrett and other officials its Preservation Honor Award at an Oct. 29 ceremony in Austin, Texas. Twenty-two other projects will also be honored.

The building, constructed in the German Renaissance Revival style, was completed in 1896 but weathering, hard use and alterations damaged it. So the city spent three years and nearly $66 million to restore it. The project was done in December of 2008.

Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, said restoring the building showed the city’s commitment to the history and character of downtown Milwaukee.

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