Chilton native, acclaimed architect designs memorial
The artistic talents of a Chilton native have produced the magnificent design for the Veterans Memorial of Chilton which is to be dedicated with considerable fanfare on Saturday, Aug. 2.
James P “Jim” Suttner, a licensed architect and principal with the award winning firm of Rohrer Studio, located in Baltimore, Md., produced the stunning design. Suttner, son of John and Carole Suttner, Chilton, was a Chilton High School graduate and received his bachelor’s and master’s in Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Suttner has made many important contributions through strong design ability and commitment to his clients. Many of the projects he has worked on in Maryland and Pennsylvania have been recognized for design awards from the American Institute of Architects, a total of 65 in all.
He has a wide range of abilities with expertise in new construction, master planning, churches, historical preservation, etc. Project experience ranges in scale from large scale institutional work to custom residential additions. He is accustomed to working on complex projects while bringing a richness of color and light to each finished space. He said he takes great pleasure in creating projects that exceed the client goals while being sensitive to schedule and budget.
Suttner is currently working on projects in Maryland, Delaware, Florida, Michigan, Nicaragua, Ireland and France in addition to donating his services to the Chilton memorial project.
In addition to the many highly acclaimed projects in which he has been involved, Suttner is a board member and chairman of a number of professional organizations, has judged architecture and lectured on his profession.
Regarding the Chilton project he said, “I am honored to be a part of it because it gives me a chance to give something back to my hometown and, more importantly, to the military veterans who will be honored by the memorial for their service to our country.”
How can I donate to the project?
The most common, logically, will be a cash contribution. Simply make checks out to Veterans Memorial of Chilton, Inc. and mail to P.O. Box 335, Chilton, WI, 53014. Donations are tax deductible for those who itemize. Donations in excess of $250 will receive a confirming letter as required by the IRS. For smaller donations, the cancelled check will suffice.
Memorial nameplates to honor individual veterans. The name of any veteran can be part of this. The only requirement is an honorable discharge. While the memorial is at Chilton, the names of all veterans regardless of residence are welcome. This also applies to both living and deceased veterans. For example, a family wanting to honor a deceased WWII veteran would simply complete a form accurately listing the desired information and submit it and the appropriate check to the address listed above. Recognition plates 4 inches by 8 inches will cost $100 while 8 inch by 8 inch plates will be $175. Full information and the required forms can be downloaded for the project on this site under the Memorials heading. Blank forms can be also picked up at the Chilton City Hall or the Chilton Public Library.
In-kind donations. This is a form of donation that can be provided by a business or tradesman and consists of donated material or skilled labor. A couple of excellent examples of this are Buechel Stone’s generous contribution of all of the stone for the memorial and the design work donated by architect Jim Suttner, a former Chilton resident now working for an award winning Baltimore architectural firm. It is expected that there will be many others as the project progresses.