Historic Mackie Building

Milwaukee, WI
Historic Renovation
High Profile Historic Renovation in the Heart of Milwaukee

At a Glance

  • SUMMARY: Renovation of Historic building for market-rate apartments, offices, retail, and event space. Historic Tax Credit Consultant
  • SIZE: 6 stories; 60,000 sf; 25 units
  • COMPLETION: Summer 2017
  • CONSTRUCTION COST: $12 million
  • OWNER: J. Jeffers & Co.
  • CERTIFICATION: National Register of Historic Places
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Project Overview

Continuum renovated all 60,000 square feet of this six-story building on the National Register of Historic Places built in 1887. The top three floors include 25 units of market rate housing (“Mackie Flats”) offering unique floor plans that best take advantage of views of Milwaukee’s East Side Commercial Historic District. The second floor was remodeled for The Daily Reporter’s offices, Milwaukee’s only publication for publicly bid projects. The first floor was remodeled to create pre-function spaces for the Grain Exchange event center including management offices, a bridal dressing suite, and public restrooms. On the ground level the interior grand lobby was renovated to help connect to the pedestrian activity of Broadway Street and the Third Ward with the iconic building. Other offices how housed in the building include Historic Milwaukee, Inc. and J. Jeffers & Co.

The entire building’s infrastructure was upgraded to improve its energy efficiency, including installing a VRF system. These improvements follow the energy efficiency guidelines for Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) funding. Continuum has finished the construction documents and handled the historic approval process with the Wisconsin State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and the National Park Service (NPS) as well as the Historic Tax Credit application.


  • Vision Ingenuity Award, WCREW, 2107
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