Remarkable Milwaukee 2019

If you are interested in attending Remarkable Milwaukee, please call our office at 414-277-7795.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Each year, Historic Milwaukee, Inc. honors businesses and individuals that have a strong history in Milwaukee and have made exemplary contributions to the city’s heritage and the built environment at our annual winter gala, Remarkable Milwaukee. Stay tuned for additional event information!

On Thursday, February 28, 2019, we are proud to honor several developers for their restoration and transformation of these local historic buildings:
The Alexander Company: The Fortress building and proposed work on the Soldiers Home.
Coakley Brothers: 130+ year history and Water Tower Building/Coakley Brothers Headquarters.
Melissa Goins and Maures Development Group: Historic Garfield Apartments and development of the Griot Apartments and America’s Black Holocaust Museum.
Northpointe Development Corporation: Century Building, Mercantile Lofts, and Shoe Factory buildings.

The event will take place at one of Milwaukee’s newest event venues in Walker’s Point, The Ivy House. This historic industrial venue with a modern twist opened for events in June 2018. The space is filled with greenery, original cream city brick, and reclaimed wood from Grafton High School’s gym.

Event Details

Thursday, February 28, 2019
The Ivy House, 906 S Barclay St, Milwaukee, WI 53204
5:30 pm hors d’oeuvres, 50/50 raffles and silent auction
7:00 pm Dinner and program with honorees presenting on their historic restoration projects

Individual Tickets
$85 Members
$100 Non-Members

Table sponsorships: Levels are priced at $1,200, $2,500 and $5,000. Enjoy priority seating and visibility for your company with table, program and website signage. Contact Grace Fuhr for information about table sponsorship:

Remarkable Milwaukee benefits Historic Milwaukee’s mission to increase awareness of and commitment to Milwaukee’s history, architecture and the preservation of our built environment. Proceeds help make programs like Doors Open and Spaces & Traces possible.

Reserve your ticket online at or call 414-277-7795. No paper invitations will be mailed out this year.

Sponsor Remarkable Milwaukee 2019

Enjoy priority seating and visibility for your company with table, program and website signage.

Donate to the Auction 

Consider donating an item to our gala auction. Auction donors receive the following recognition:

  • Business name in the event program guide
  • Listing on the Historic Milwaukee website
  • Social media highlight (Historic Milwaukee has more than 17,000 Facebook likes!)

Past Honorees

Each year Historic Milwaukee honors Milwaukee organizations, businesses, and individuals that exemplify Milwaukee’s spirit, has a strong history in our community, and has made an exemplary contribution to our heritage and built environment at our winter gala, Remarkable Milwaukee. Funds raised at this gala help support Historic Milwaukee’s educational programming including tours, lectures, and programs like Doors Open and Spaces & Traces.

Remarkable Milwaukee 2018

Remarkable Milwaukee was held at the War Memorial in honor of Veolia and Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) for their management of the Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility. The Jones Island facility has been in operation since 1926 and was designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 1974 by the American Society of Civil Engineers in recognition for its innovations in providing high-quality wastewater treatment. Over 200 attendees celebrated at the War Memorial and learned about the history of Milwaukee’s connection to water with historian John Gurda.

Veolia Water Milwaukee

A local sector of a larger, global organization, Veolia Water Milwaukee specializes in providing Milwaukee with a necessary and vital public health service. Contracted by MMSD, Veolia Water Milwaukee has worked on Jones Island since 2008 to ensure that the area receives top-notch water treatment. This public-private partnership established between Veolia Water Milwaukee and MMSD is largest of its kind in the country. In addition to providing a key service to the public, Veolia Water Milwaukee also dedicates themselves to funding water quality research. Alongside the mission of clean water for all, Veolia Water Milwaukee works to guarantee the quality of the environment surrounding the Great Lakes. At Jones Island specifically, Veolia maintains the water reclamation facility where it treats more than 150 million gallons a day and services over one million Wisconsinites. The fertilizer, Milorganite, has been produced at Jones Island since 1926. Veolia’s focus on sustainability helps ensure that Milwaukee and the Great Lakes remain great.

Metropolitan Sewerage District

Since the 1920’s, Jones island has been Milwaukee’s sewage center and its evolution since has led it to become a premiere water reclamation and sewage facility. Metropolitan Milwaukee Sewage District (MMSD) and Veolia Water Milwaukee now operate and maintain this historic site. Dedicated to supplying a clean source of water, MMSD is a renowned leader in waste water management. In their partnership with Veolia, MSSD has created a unique relationship between local and national organizations that strive to protect public health and the environment. For nearly 25 years, MMSD has been tending to the needs of 28 communities throughout Metropolitan Milwaukee by processing nearly two billion gallons of water. MMSD plans to be completely self-sufficient by 2035. In recent years, renewable energies have appeared at Jones Island in the form of solar panels. These and other efforts help carry on the Jones Island mission of providing vital resources and quality service to the Milwaukee community.


Remarkable Milwaukee 2017

Jim Haertel is the owner of Best Place At The Historic Pabst Brewery. When Jim first set his sights on purchasing a building from the Pabst Brewery headquarters, he was met with considerable challenges when the complex’s seller insisted that if Jim wanted to purchase one building in PabstCity, he would have to purchase the entire campus. This was no easy feat, as the 27 buildings that made up the then abandoned Pabst property span 7 city blocks. But Jim proved no stranger to difficulty, accepting the challenge and beginning his search for investors. Jim’s work on this project was the catalyst that helped save the Pabst Brewery campus as well as all of the history that comes with it. In addition to all the investments he has made at the Best Place, Jim and his wife have recently purchased the Eschweiler school building in Wauwatosa, saving yet another historical gem.

Juli Kaufmann is the president of Fix Development, a real estate company with a unique mission that focuses on sustainability and the revitalization of Milwaukee’s neighborhoods. Some projects of note that Juli has worked on include the Innovation and Wellness Commons in Lindsay Heights, the Clock Shadow Building in Walkers Point, and newly completed Historic Walter Schmidt Tavern on Fond Du Lac, home to the newly opened Tandem restaurant. Juli has proved a transformative force in areas of Milwaukee that most developers would avoid for fear of lack of profit. Juli has successfully run several kick starter campaigns to fund her many projects in an attempt to gain resources for plans that help make our city a more socially just place. No stranger to risk, Juli has invested not only in local buildings and businesses, but local people as well.

Remarkable Milwaukee 2016 Honoring Joshua Jeffers and Laughlin Constable 

mitchell-buildingming-liuJoshua Jeffers is the President of J. Jeffers & Co., a real estate development and investment firm that is dedicated to economic development and revitalization in southeastern Wisconsin. The firm utilizes a combination of private equity, tax credits and other soft sources of financing to make complex redevelopment projects financially feasible. The firm achieves its mission through efforts to increase property values, create jobs, and preserve historic structures that contribute to the evolving urban environment.

Laughlin Constable is a full-service advertising agency headquartered in Milwaukee. As the primary tenant of the Mitchell Building, Laughlin Constable has worked to recover the historical characteristics of the space. Drywall in the lobby area was removed in 2000, which revealed the detailed decorations of the original lobby. Ever since the acquirement of the building by Joshua Jeffers, Laughlin Constable has committed to a long-term lease of the building and has created well over 100 new jobs in their Milwaukee office.

Remarkable Milwaukee 2015 Honoring Patti Keating Kahn and the Forest County Potawatomiposter-front_rm2015

Individual Honoree: Patti Keating Kahn for her commitment to Milwaukee’s historic downtown buildings including the Railway Exchange Building and the Colby-Abbot Building.

Organizational Honoree: the Forest County Potawatomi for their ambitious restoration of the historic Concordia neighborhood on the city’s west side through their Business Development Corporation

Remarkable Milwaukee 2014 Honoring John Gurda and Sunset Investorsrm-photo

John Gurda has written 19 books on Milwaukee’s history including the ambitious Making of Milwaukee book. With Historic Milwaukee, Inc.’s partnership, Gurda published his newest book Milwaukee: City of Neighborhoods in in 2014.  The book spotlights nearly 40 Milwaukee neighborhoods, charting the history of each and describing its contemporary character as well.

Sunset Investors has been an incredible steward of the Pritzlaff building. Built between 1875 and 1919, this building housed the largest hardware company in Milwaukee at one time. After the Pritzlaff firm left the building in 1958, it was sold to the Hack family and operated for the next thirty years as Hack’s Furniture store and warehouse. In 2005, the building was purchased by Kendall Bruenig/Sunset Investors. All the work was done with the approval of the Wisconsin Historical Society, as Bruenig utilized the federal tax credit rehabilitation program.

Remarkable Milwaukee 2013 Honoring Conrad Schmitt Studios and the Grueke Family

“As art is one of the noblest pursuits, the artist’s work becomes a representation of his time: his buildings, statues, and paintings are an indication of how a sensitive society thinks, dreams, and communicates.  These products of the human mind and hand are part of our regional and national heritage and they should be preserved for future generations.” – Bernard O. Gruenke, President Emeritus of Conrad Schmitt Studios

Remarkable Milwaukee 2012 Honoring The Pabst Theater Foundation

Remarkable Milwaukee 2010 Honoring Johnson Controls, Inc.

Remarkable Milwaukee 2009 Honoring The Pfister Hotel and The Marcus Corp.

“We were very proud to receive the Remarkable Milwaukee Award in 2009 in recognition of the history and legacy of The Pfister Hotel. We are especially pleased to be in the company of other influential history makers including Northwestern Mutual, the late Joseph Zilber and in 2010, Johnson Controls. Historic Milwaukee does an incredible job of raising awareness in the community about Milwaukee’s history, architecture and the preservation of the environment that has been built in our city. We look forward to welcoming Historic Milwaukee, its guests, and the 2010 Remarkable Milwaukee Honoree, Johnson Controls, Inc. to The Pfister on October 18.” Greg Marcus, president and chief executive officer, The Marcus Corporation.

Remarkable Milwaukee 2008 Honoring The Brewery: A Joseph J. Zilber Historic Redevelopment

“Thank you for the wonderful evening I had when I was honored by Historic Milwaukee, Inc. The planning and execution of this event and the commitment that you and your organization have made to raise the awareness of historic preservation was most impressive.” –Joseph J. Zilber, Founder & Chairman of the Board, Zilber Ltd.

Visit The Brewery‘s Website for more information of this amazing Historic Redevelopment.

Remarkable Milwaukee 2007 Honoring Northwestern Mutual

“We are again honored to be your inaugural recipient this year. I just wanted to thank you again for a wonderful event last Saturday. The location and food was superb! The auction had a wonderful assortment of items. I talked to Margo Hokanson this morning and told her about the evening. I mentioned the wonderful video presentation that was created by Aurum Design about Northwestern Mutual.” – Luann Boie, Senior Production Specialist, Northwestern Mutual