Ugly building: Downtown commercial buildings

Ugly Building

Three adjoining commercial buildings constructed in the 1860s in downtown Milwaukee are in need of some TLC.

Five years ago, David Uihlein, founding partner of Uihlein/Wilson – Ramlow/Stein Architects, purchased the buildings at 627-637 N. Broadway with plans to restore them and attract retail or office tenants. 

According to the city, the building at 627-629 N. Broadway once housed the famous Marble Hall saloon, and 631 N. Broadway was known as Brodhead’s Building. The spaces have been vacant for well over a decade.

After completing demolition work to the interior, Uihlein has mothballed the project and says he has “major architectural plans” in store for the properties. He is just not ready to discuss them. Uihlein also owns the buildings at 227, 223 and 219 E. Wisconsin Ave., on the same block.

“These buildings are an architectural asset to the Historic East Side Commercial District,” Uihlein said.

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