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Fortress

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View a historic renovation of a 1892 former shoe manufacturing plant in to 132 new apartments, office and retail space.

Fortress is one of Milwaukee’s most recognizable historic buildings. This six-story, 193,000-square-foot, brick-masonry structure was originally built in 1892, with several additions in the years leading up to 1912.The result is a distinct, red brick building with unique architectural flourishes and a tower feature that’s reminiscent of a medieval fortress. The building’s original tenant was the F. Mayer Boot and Shoe Company, which at its peak produced over 9,000 shoes per day and became one of the largest tanning producers in the world, operating until 1938. Milwaukee Fortress was recently given new life and rehabilitated into historic apartments, amenities, and commercial space. Fortress apartments are imbued with historic character, including exposed brick walls, heavy timber ceilings, and expansive windows. Residents can enjoy a wide range of amenities such as multiple fitness spaces, rooftop deck with stunning skyline views, courtyard with a pet park, DIY room, and more! Milwaukee Fortress is now leasing one- and two-bedroom apartments! Contact us today to schedule in-person or virtual tours.

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