STEPPING INTO THE FUTURE FOR THE MILWAUKEE FORTRESS
The Milwaukee Fortress Building is one of Milwaukee’s most recognizable buildings with its distinct red brick, unique architectural flourishes, and a medieval-looking tower facing Pleasant Street. It is made up of six connected structures that cover an entire city block. The additions were built between 1892 and 1912, all by the original tenant F. Mayer Boot & Shoe Co., one of the largest tanning producers in the world at the time. They stayed in the building until about the 1930s, and since then it has been home to many others, including musicians, filmmakers, artists, galleries, theater companies, an art supply shop, daycare, and a Montessori school. It is now under renovations to become a new home for Milwaukee residents, as well as JP Cullen’s new Milwaukee office.
Once renovations are complete, the Milwaukee Fortress Building will feature 25,000 sqft of commercial lease space on the first two floors and 132 market rate, loft-style residential apartments on the remaining floors. 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. Tenant amenities include a rooftop terrace, courtyard, outdoor kitchenette with grill, fitness facility, club room with theater viewing, a DIY space, and a dog run and dog washing station.
The Milwaukee Fortress will also be the new home for JP Cullen’s Milwaukee office. We will occupy 12,000 sqft, doubling the size of our office space in Brookfield. The move will bring between 40 to 50 employees downtown and allow the firm to continue to grow.
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