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The Ballet is selling its former home, built by Schlitz Brewing in 1901 as its South Side palm garden.

Ballet's former home - a 1901 Schlitz palm garden - is now for sale

Two weeks after cutting the ribbon on its new Baumgartner Center for Dance in the Third Ward, the Milwaukee Ballet has hung a "for sale" sign on its former home at 504 W. National Ave. in Walker's Point.

The Ballet – which is celebrating its 50th season – had occupied the Jodi Peck Center, a two-story cream city brick building dating to 1901, since 1981, using it for administrative offices, costume shops, rehearsal studios, ballet classes and more.

The building was designed by architect Charles Kirchhoff for the Schlitz Brewing Company as its South Side palm garden.

You can read a detailed history of the building here.

Though the Ballet declined to name its asking price, and no listed was yet available, Managing Director Anne Metcalfe said, "This is a historic Milwaukee landmark and we're expecting a very generous offer that honors this legacy and acknowledges the site's potential in this vibrant neighborhood.

"The magical memories are thrown in for free!"

CBRE is the Ballet's broker for the property.

Because I know you're in the market, the building has four studio spaces, and 12 parking spaces in back. The first floor is roughly 11,000 square feet and there's another 5,800 square feet upstairs.

According to Metcalfe, the property is eligible for 20 percent state and federal historic preservation tax credits.

Inquiries to CBRE's Sandy Gregory at (414) 274-1625.

In case you're wondering, the Ballet took the letters from the exterior "Jodi Peck Center" sign, and, in Metcalfe's words, "polished and brought (them) over to our new building as part of our archival display."


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