Title: Potawatomi Hotel and Casino
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Project type: Tribal – Casino Hotel and Resort
Owner: Forest County Potawatomi Community
Services Provided: Architecture, Master Planning and Interior Design
Service Areas: Lobby, Casino Floor, Food & Beverage and Convention Center
Description: The Potawatomi Bingo Casino in downtown Milwaukee is a one-of-a-kind facility because of its unique architecture and theme. The project includes 45,000 SF of casino, 40,000 SF of Bingo hall that also serves as a 2500-seat entertainment facility for shows, a 700-seat, intimate dinner theater, restaurants, 450-seat buffet, sports bar, Heritage Center with a museum & gift shop. The theming is Northern Native American using designs typical of the Potawatomi Tribe.
The unusual Native American theme of the building is evident immediately upon arriving at the Casino. In fact, the entire facility stresses the Potawatomi people’s culture through its design and the artwork displayed. The dynamic main entry has a unique eighty-foot “Flame” sculpture, representative of the tribes’ identity as “Keepers of the Fire.”
The atrium entry continues this theme prior to entering the central casino. In the center of the casino is a recreation of a natural forest complete with rain and lightning, called “The Circle of Life.” This is surrounded by a circle of four casinos – summer, fall, winter and spring. Each area has its own décor. This idea of providing a variety of different environments in the casino provides the customers with a more interesting playing experience. All casino areas are state-of-the-art and include 1000 slot machines and 25 table games.