Architect Herman P. Schnetzky is hired to expand the current building upward and to the east, resulting in a five-story structure. CALL 608.268.8116

The result is a distinct, red brick building with unique architectural flourishes and a tower feature that’s reminiscent of a medieval fortress. Please call our leasing office for complete parking policy information. Originally built in 1892, the Milwaukee Fortress has seen several additions in the years leading up to 1912. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1597166322662-mid-article-1'); }); After enlarging that building with a two-story addition to the east, Mayer still needed more space and so in 1892 he tapped architect Herman P. Schnetzky to make that building larger still, expanding not only to the east but also upward to create a five-story structure (that seems like six stories on the Pleasant/Walnut Street side thanks to an exposed basement level). It’s difficult to address your review given our records reflect a somewhat different account; however, we can agree this didn’t seem to be the best fit for you. P: 608.258.5580, Contractor J.P. Cullen to move regional office to Milwaukee, Urban Spelunking: F. Mayer Shoe & Boot Co., aka "The Fortress", Historic restoration of Milwaukee fortress into apartments to start in January, Redevelopment of Milwaukee Fortress Building moving forward, Inside the historic Fortress restoration near downtown Milwaukee: Slideshow, Progress Report: The conversion of The Fortress building to apartments, Eyes on Milwaukee: Redeveloping The Fortress, Fortress Milwaukee: A Look at the Redevelopment of a Historic Brewer’s Hill Landmark, Rehab of historic Fortress in Milwaukee almost done; see its $3,700 penthouse, Progress Report: The Fortress is now leasing apartments for January move-in, Milwaukee’s historic Fortress Building reborn as apartments, commercial space in Brewers Hill, Redevelopment of Milwaukee Fortress building nears completion, Historic Fortress ready for residents as restoration efforts near completion, LOOK: Milwaukee Fortress is officially open, Milwaukee Fortress reintroduces renovated landmark to downtown residents during grand opening, Milwaukee Business Journal honors 19 area projects with real estate awards, A landmark transformed: Milwaukee Fortress.

(Milwaukee, Wisconsin) – Honoree by Historic Milwaukee for historic preservation work on Milwaukee Fortress and Milwaukee Soldiers Home projects.

Milwaukee Wheelchair Accessible Apartments. “The F. Mayer Boot and Shoe Company represents one facet of the giant tanning industry which made Milwaukee a leader in the country,” notes the Wisconsin Historical Society. Fall in love with Milwaukee and its stories on, or go on your own urban exploration and share your photos and your stories of Milwaukee with #DearMKE on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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I've lived at the Fortress now for almost 10 months and I must say I'm a very pleased tenant!

The management seems to not realize we live in Milwaukee and have professional sports teams, so why not a bus ride to a brewery tour or a packers/bucks game in the common area to bring residents together? Note that the 1910 map details on which floor each manufacturing process took place: Further additions went up to the north in 1900, 1906 and 1912, creating the array of connected structures that we see today and that are collectively called "The Fortress."

Just moments from Brady Street and Water Street, this is where historic character meets modern convenience. I’ve lived here for about 6 months now and have really liked it.

Mayer passes in 1897. In the southwest corner of the basement, you can really see the earliest parts of the structure, with cream city brick walls and heavy timber framing. My favorite part, however, is the amenities. Originally built in 1892 and home to the F. Mayer Boot and Shoe Company, the commercial spaces are imbued with historic character, including exposed brick walls, heavy timber ceilings, and expansive restored windows, while providing all the modern conveniences your business deserves. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour.

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.

F. Mayer Boot and Shoe Company ceases operations.

His three sons continue to run the business. Fortress is located just north of downtown Milwaukee and adjacent to the Brewers Hill neighborhood – a thriving community dedicated to the excitement of diverse, urban living. One of Milwaukee's most prominent buildings underwent major restoration, creating historic apartments with a wide array of amenities to match a multitude of interests. The rehabilitated exterior and stunning common areas ensure the best possible first impression upon clients. My car was broken into during my first month after moving here, but since then roving security guards were hired and there’s been no more break ins. The business continued to operate out of Milwaukee until 1934 and remained in use for shoe manufacturing until 1938. ft. of office space across the street at Schlitz Park, Perfect fit for retail users seeking 2,700 to 11,300 square feet, Stunning common areas and community spaces for events.

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Factors that influenced these ratings include building design, construction, exterior spaces, and amenities. Although Mayer died in 1897, his sons continued to run the business into the 1930s. The first expansion allows for production to increase to approximately 3,000 pairs per day. We also advise parents to visit schools, consider other information on school performance and programs, and consider family needs as part of the school selection process.

LOOK: Milwaukee Fortress is officially open. The only thing this apartment lacks is the community feel to it.

Craft brews, a close-knit community, tree-lined streets, well-kept lawns, walkable streets, and picture-worthy residential neighborhoods await you in Brewer’s Hill. Or sign in if you already have an account. This building is beautiful but it has a long way to go to be safe for the residents. In here, there’s a vault with a stunning red brick surround, and offices with fireplaces of matching brick and nice arched openings. My door to Milwaukee was at 805 S. 5th St. 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.

Doors Open MKE. In addition to the classic amenities such as a clubroom, fitness center and roof deck, Fortress offers a studio for virtual fitness classes, fenced-in dog run for off-leash time with your best friend, and maker space to bring Pinterest projects to life.

Frederick’s shoe store is thriving, and he decides to go into the shoemaking business.

Biggest mistake of my life. Would recommend!

The buildings community spaces are kept very clean.

I stop to take the photo and pause for a moment to hope that the new owners of this Milwaukee landmark appreciate its history as much as Wiegand does. (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) – Awarded by the Mayor of Milwaukee for historic preservation work on Milwaukee Fortress, formerly the F. Mayer Boot & Shoe Factory. "Imagine the boots of all the workers that wore down those steps coming in here to collect their pay every week for all those years," he says.

F. Mayer Boot and Shoe Company continues to thrive. The result is a distinct, red brick building with unique architectural flourishes and a tower feature that’s reminiscent of a medieval fortress. The historic rehabilitation has given the building a fresh appeal to passersby.

But, now he’s selling the place to a developer that plans to turn this complicated web of buildings erected between 1880 and 1912 into apartments, including one on the giant cube of a space in the tower that has given the building its nickname. F. Mayer Boot and Shoe Company was well known for it’s “Milwaukee oil grain goods,” said to be unrivaled for comfort, wearing quality, and ability to keep out wetness. Subscribe to our newsletter for availability updates. There have been galleries, theater companies, an art supply shop and even a daycare and Montessori school in the building. The building’s original tenant was the F. Mayer Boot and Shoe Company, which at its peak produced over 9,000 shoes per day. "The Fortress," that complex of at least six connected buildings that were once home to the F. Mayer Boot & Shoe Co., is soon to be transformed into … Go up through the scuttle and you’re in the dark, lower level of the tower, which has windows, but not facing Pleasant Street. Experience pet-friendly living with no breed, age or weight restrictions- all best friends are welcome! The expanded plant capacity soon boosted production to as many as 3,000 pairs each day.

Ratings are on a scale of 1 (below average) to 10 (above average) and can include test scores, college readiness, academic progress, advanced courses, equity, discipline and attendance data. By 1910, in a period of property for the leather industry as a whole, Mayer had expanded nationwide and established a five-story building in Seattle to meet the demand for shoes along the West Coast and Alaska.". Additions were made to the northern quadrant of the building in 1900, 1906, and 1912, resulting in the variety of connected structures that we today know as the Fortress. I assume this is caused by the lack of opportunities to meet residents here, which is directly attributed to management failing at setting up appropriate events in a timely manner.