• 132

    Apartments

  • 25,000 SF

    Retail Space

  • 2018

    Project Completion

  • $51 Million

    Project Cost

This six-story, 193,000 square foot, brick-masonry structure is one of Milwaukee’s most recognizable buildings. Originally built in 1892, the Fortress Building has seen several additions in the years leading up to 1912. The result is a distinct, red brick building with unique architectural flourishes and a tower feature that’s reminiscent of a medieval fortress.



The building’s original tenant was the F. Mayer Boot and Shoe Company, which at its peak produced over 9,000 shoes per day. Given Milwaukee’s proximity to fresh water, port access, and large volumes of livestock, it became one of the largest tanning producers in the world; access to these resources enabled the business to grow rapidly and the company’s complex grew to an entire city block.

Apartments will be imbued with historic features, including exposed brick walls, heavy timber ceilings, and expansive windows that will provide residents with excellent views of downtown Milwaukee’s skyline.

The units are anticipated to have solid surface countertops, natural hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, in-unit washers and dryers, walk-in closets, and high-end fixtures. Amenities include but are not limited to a private rooftop terrace, an ample courtyard, an outdoor kitchenette with grill, a fitness facility, a club room with theater viewing, a DIY space, and a dog run with a dog washing station.

As to unit mix, approximately 5% will be studios, 60% will be one-bedrooms, and 35% will be two-bedrooms.