John Michael Kohler Arts Center

Art Museum

Project value: $10 million
Project completion: 1999

Services provided: Senior project manager (while working for CMA of Milwaukee)

Project highlights: This treasure in Sheboygan is internationally known as a showcase for self-taught and folk artists and artist-built environments. Initially operating out of the John Michael Kohler mansion, the museum expanded in 1999 with a 60,000-square-foot addition that made room for 12 galleries, a theatre, studio classrooms and more, plus a renovation of existing spaces. Project features included an eye-catching, light-filled new entrance hall, the Carriage House Café and the Glass House overlooking the outdoor sculpture and perennial garden. Everything was designed with temperature, light and humidity requirements in mind to protect the art collections. 

Photos by Kubala Washatko Architects


Client’s perspective

“With great thanks for your passion for these environment builders and for the Arts Center.
You have been very important in our history and our present.”

Ruth DeYoung Kohler II
Founder and former director of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center

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