Ugly Building: Former downtown Milwaukee Ramada Hotel

Former downtown Milwaukee Ramada Hotel
Former downtown Milwaukee Ramada Hotel

It appeared 13 months ago that the fate of the seven-story former Ramada Hotel in downtown Milwaukee had been sealed.

In October 2018, BizTimes reported that Marquette University, the owner of the 155-room hotel at 633 W. Michigan St., was planning to tear down the building. This came after the hotel operator informed the university that he would not be renewing his lease.

That has so far not happened, and the building remains vacant. A Marquette spokesman did not say whether demolition is still imminent.

“The former Ramada building remains decommissioned and uninhabitable,” spokesman Christopher Stolarski wrote in an email. “We have no updates on the future of the property at this time.”

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Alex Zank
Alex Zank covers commercial and residential real estate for BizTimes. Alex previously worked for Farm Equipment magazine and also covered statewide construction news at The Daily Reporter. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he studied journalism, political science and economics. Having grown up in rural western Wisconsin, Alex loves all things outdoors, including camping, hiking, four-wheeling and hunting.