This six-story, 193,000 square foot, brick-masonry structure is one of Milwaukee’s most recognizable historic buildings. Originally built in 1892, the Milwaukee Fortress 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.
Commercial and residential spaces are imbued with historic features, including exposed brick walls, heavy timber ceilings, and expansive windows providing stunning views of Milwaukee’s skyline. Elevated residential features include granite counter tops, 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 rooftop terrace, spacious courtyard with grilling and gathering spaces, a two-story club room, fitness center, studio space, maker space, and pet spa.