Located in the heart of Milwaukee’s vibrant historical Third Ward, the Marshall Building is a century-old warehouse that has been converted to showcase commercial spaces by combining contemporary amenities with historic charm. Current mixed-use building of art galleries, studios, retail and businesses.
Built in 1906-07 by architects George Ferry and Alfred Clas, the Marshall Building was originally named John Hoffman & Sons Grocery Building, after the owners and primary tenant. It was originally built as a five-story building, however, in 1911 the building completed a second topping-off ceremony with the addition of a sixth floor in order to accommodate the growing retail operations of John Hoffmann & Sons wholesale grocery firm. Hoffman’s coffee roasters were located on the sixth floor and a sugar pulverizer was on the fourth floor.
Beginning in the late 1920s, Hoffman & Sons shared space with various manufacturers. The box-like shape and arched pavilions were common features of the many warehouses at that time, yet the way it was constructed was groundbreaking with the assistance of prized structural engineer Claude A.P. Turner. Turner, a pioneer of reinforced concrete construction, made the building a test project for his pioneering construction method known as the Turner System or the Spiral Mushroom System. Most buildings around this time used wood-and-steel-framed floors, which made construction more expensive and tedious, but Turner’s system used flat-slab concrete floors that were supported by mushroom-headed columns and reinforced with steel rebar. The cost-effective technology resulted in a sturdy, built-to-last building. The Marshall Building’s structure is the oldest extant example of the “mushroom” flat-slab system developed by reinforced concrete. The technique transformed the design and construction of reinforced concrete floors worldwide.
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Explore the six floors on your own. Many art galleries, shops, and studios will be open and happy to greet you. Gallery 218 located on the second floor will serve refreshments.
Photos below are from Gallery 218 in the Marshall Building
207 E Buffalo St #218 2nd floor
Open Saturdays noon-5pm and by appointment
www.gallery218.com | 414-643-1732
207 E Buffalo St
11 am - 5 pm
11 am - 5 pm
Fully wheelchair accessible