This building was originally home to West Side Works for the Milwaukee Gas Light Company and provided gas to light homes and street lamps.
The building housed retort furnaces to super-heat coal into gas which was stored in gasometers and piped throughout the city overnight. Today, the retort furnaces are gone, and is now home to Zimmerman Architectural Studios and Harwood Engineering Consultants.
Visitors to Zimmerman Architectural Studios can learn about the building’s history through photographic exhibits and see design work from the 110-year history of Zimmerman Architectural Studios. Guests are free to explore the building at their own pace, chat with an employee to learn more about the renovation and rehabilitation process, or just relax in the gallery and watch a slideshow while children (and adults!) build their own architectural creations with Legos.