The Barclay

Milwaukee, WI
Historic Renovation
Golden Age of Manufacturing Celebrated in Housing Design

At a Glance

  • SUMMARY: Transforming nine-building industrial site into market- rate housing campus Phase 1: 4 buildings
  • SIZE: Phase 1: 4 buildings, 116 units
  • COMPLETION: Est. 2017
  • CONSTRUCTION COST: $15 million
  • OWNER: Sherman Associates
  • CERTIFICATION: National Register of Historic Places
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Project Overview

One of Continuum’s clients was seeking sites eligible for historic tax credits in order to develop multi-family housing. An expert historic design consultant told them that there was no merit in pursuing the Pittsburgh Plate Glass campus, but after intense research, building analysis, and investigation into paint and glass manufacturing, we disagreed. The site is significant because it traces the evolution of architecture, engineering, and industry through its buildings and represents Milwaukee’s golden age of manufacturing. Continuum nominated the nine-building campus and both the state and federal historic preservation offices approved.

The first phase is currently underway. One building is not suitable for occupancy, but will serve as a gateway icon into the site and symbolize the former industrial use. The two three-story buildings on the west will be connected through an addition that will serve as the main entrance and lobby and will include 43 market-rate units in a mix of studios, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom units. The building across the street will also include an addition to create an entrance lobby, but the five-stories will house a mix of 73 units.

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