In 2016, violent unrest broke out in the Sherman Park neighborhood of Milwaukee after a fatal police shooting rocked the community.
In the weeks following, community conversations identified the need for safe, welcoming neighborhood spaces, and certain leaders in the community decided to take matters into their own hands in order to foster change. In the hopes of moving forward — the idea for the Sherman Phoenix was born.
Catalyst Construction worked with Sherman Park community leaders to transform an historic but vacant and fire-damaged Depression-era bank building into a collection of spaces where a diverse blend of local small businesses are now thriving. The tenant spaces are clustered around a commons area that serves as a dining and gathering area as well as a platform for classes, film screenings, and live music, with work from local artists featured throughout the facility in both permanent and rotating exhibits.