Circus World Museum

Building Envelope, Forensic Assessment, Preservation Planning, Public, Railroad Depot - 2001-2008, 2012-2013

About The Project

Isthmus Architecture, Inc. contracted with the State of Wisconsin, Department of Administration to provide rehabilitation services to stabilize the principle train shed at Circus World Museum, a popular historic site operated by the Wisconsin Historical Society. Several later additions to the original, 1909, Ringling Brothers Circus train shed resulted in a 574-foot-long structure, covering 44,534 square feet. The building is used to store twenty historic circus train cars and flatbeds. It is part of the larger Circus World site, which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1968. This project required compliance with Section 106. In addition to stabilizing the structure, Isthmus Architecture provided site drainage corrections, replaced the fire sprinkler system, assessed the fire exits and provided door and window repair and replacement.