The annual Cream of the Cream City Award winners have been announced, as has the yearly ceremony, slated for Thursday, May 30 at 5:30 p.m. at Best Place at The Pabst, 901 W. Juneau Ave.
Although some residents began moving in as early as January, the Milwaukee Fortress - which occupies the former Mayer Shoe Co. at 100 E. Pleasant St. in Brewers' Hill - celebrated its grand opening on Thursday.
Though I've yet to receive any specific numbers, judging by my own social media echo chamber, Historic Milwaukee's annual Doors Open Milwaukee was a smashing success this weekend.
As the leasing office hangs its "open" sign to begin renting apartments for January move-in, we took another tour of the $55 million Milwaukee Fortress project by The Alexander Company, based in Madison.
The old F. Mayer Boot & Shoe Co. building - aka The Fortress - is in the midst of a major conversion from a variety of uses (industrial, retail, artist studios, band rehearsal spaces and more) into apartments. We went inside to see how the project is coming along.
"The Fortress," that complex complex of at least six connected buildings - including the one with the Medieval-looking tower - that were once home to the F. Mayer Boot & Shoe Co., is soon to be transformed into apartments. We took a look inside before the changes come.
Writing these past two weeks about disappeared Milwaukee rock clubs and Downtown in the 1980s has me a little bleary eyed with nostalgia. And my Milwaukee reminiscences almost always lead straight back to one building in Walker's Point.