It's been five years since the Quadracci Pavilion, the first Santiago Calatrava-designed building in the United States, opened our beautiful Lakefront. It, of course, features a 90-ft. high glass-walled reception hall enclosed by the Burke Brise Soleil.
I love it as much as any Milwaukeean, but it's not called "the Calatrava." Just as the Sydney Opera House isn't "the Utzon."
No disrespect to Mr. C., but come now fine Milwaukeeans, it's our art museum, call it by its proper name -- the Milwaukee Art Museum! Let's resolve to do just this in 2007 and beyond.
The "St Louis Arch" is not the proper name for the Gateway Arch. If you are all about using proper names, and like to bemoan peoples "lack of knowledge"... You might want to ensure that you are using proper names in you analogys.
I agree though. It is showing a lack of knowledge of our beautiful city and heritage. Another analogy: People from San Francisco (or anywhere for that matter) do not refer to the Golden Gate Bridge as the Joseph Strauss bridge, or the St. Louis Arch isn't called the Eero Saarinen Arch.
Using the name of our city when refering to this architectural masterpiece, will add a little extra charm when non-residents think or hear about the City of Milwaukee.
No, Jeff is right. Calling it "the Calatrava" shows a lack of knowledge of what it really is. We don't refer to Miller Park by the architecture group who designed it do we?
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