US Consulate in Milan blends Italian and American architecture

The U.S. Consulate General in Milan, a city known for its style, sophistication, and financial clout, underwent a restoration project that transformed an old firing range into a modern consulate while preserving and incorporating historic structures.

The National Firing Range, which opened in 1905 and hosted notable events, had fallen into disrepair and was listed as a protected landmark by the Italian government. The restoration project, led by the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) and design contractor SHoP Architects, faced challenges in integrating classical Italian architecture and American design.

However, the resulting plan has been hailed as transformational by Milan’s mayor, contributing to the growth of the city’s central district. This project showcases a grand act of cultural diplomacy, blending the cultural heritage of Italy with the modern design of the United States.

Read more in the article by Ambassador Glyn T. Davies is the senior program advisor to the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations’ Office of Cultural Heritage.