The fortress

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LOOK: Milwaukee Fortress is officially open

Published April 26, 2019

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.

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Progress Report: The conversion of The Fortress building to apartments

Published March 29, 2018

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.

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Urban Spelunking: F. Mayer Boot & Shoe Co., aka "The Fortress"

Published Aug. 31, 2017

"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.

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My door to Milwaukee was at 805 S. 5th St.

Published March 13, 2015

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.