Architect: La Dallamn Architects, Inc.
Owner: City of Milwaukee
Contractor: Vista Design and Construction
This project establishes a model for civic space and sustainable transportation through the functional and aesthetic transformation of abandoned industrial infrastructure. As the most recent phase of the CrossRoads project, the Trestle Landing repurposes a historic rail trestle connecting the Marsupial Bridge with Commerce Street below. The Marsupial Bridge is a 700-foot pedestrian bridge which hangs from a 1925 historic viaduct and was completed in 2006.
Rising gently along the valley edge, this new landing serves as a public promenade and event space which rests atop existing railway ties and structure of the historic Beerline B Railway. The heavy timber structure that once carried freight trains now supports a new concrete deck, integral benches and cantilevered overlook. The width of a rail car, the new deck allows the existing structure to read as both a sculptural presence and historic remnant. Concrete stairs provide end connections, and an Ipe wood terrace extends to the adjacent hillside, enveloping a grove of native Birch trees. The railing system is clad by a tessellated perforated stainless steel apron, which forms its pattern by simple 180-degree rotation; integral LED lighting, and wood handrail offer public amenity and encourage gathering. The innovative public space provides respite along the bicycle trail as well as vertical connections from the Marsupial Bridge to the street below. From the landing, visitors have a panoramic view of the city skyline, historic viaduct with the new Marsupial Bridge slung beneath, and the river.