The Sherman Phoenix is a model for healing Milwaukee by generating positive economic and social returns in communities of color. Responding to civil unrest in the Sherman Park neighborhood in 2016, this former burned bank building has been transformed to demonstrate how we can invest in inclusive pathways to economic opportunity for Milwaukee neighborhoods to

Violent unrest broke out in the Sherman Park neighborhood of Milwaukee after a fatal police shooting rocked the community.

In the weeks following, community conversations identified the need for safe, welcoming neighborhood spaces, and certain leaders in the community decided to take matters into their own hands in order to foster change. In the hopes of moving forward, the idea for the Sherman Phoenix was born.

The Sherman Phoenix transformed the fire-damaged BMO Harris Bank building, located at the eastern gateway to the Sherman Park neighborhood, into a high-quality space for small businesses-of-color offering diverse foods, wellness services, and cultural activities. Updates to the neighborhood include much-needed community spaces to curate art exhibits, film showings, and cultural events.
Rising from the ashes and harnessing the spirit and assets of the neighborhood as a catalyst for unity, this is the Sherman Phoenix.

The significant features are artworks throughout the building as well as a vault door.

Visitors will experience a business hub like no other. Housing 29 small businesses under one roof, the Sherman Phoenix will offer self-guided tours as well as behind-the-scenes tours. Visitors will enjoy food, drinks, desserts, and services.

See the dramatic redevelopment of this former bank building into a food hall, wellness center and cultural hub. Self-guided tours throughout the building showcase the 29 building tenants who will be open for business selling their food and wares. Parking lot and entrance located off 36th St behind the building.

3536 W Fond du Lac Ave (entrance off parking lot on 36th St)

Saturday Hours
11 am - 5 pm

Sunday Hours
Not Open

Photography, Video, Tripods Permitted

Handicapped Accessible
1st floor only

Passport Site


Photo Tour