We’re very excited to be teaming up with Doors Open Milwaukee again this year! We’ll be commissioning three composers to write music for three landmark spaces in Milwaukee and then on the day of the event we’ll have musicians in each space to play the piece every 15 minutes for the self-guided tours.
This year features a fascinating crop of buildings. Learn more below!
Clock Shadow Building
The Clock Shadow Building is a ground-breaking, sustainable building that was opened in 2012 at 130 W. Bruce St. The building has captured local, regional, and national attention and awards for its design, sustainable technologies, quadruple bottom line approach, community-focused tenants, and for housing Wisconsin’s first urban cheese maker.
The Clock Shadow Building’s outstanding features include The first regenerative-energy elevator in the U.S., the use of 50% salvaged material in its construction, Milwaukee’s first commercial application of rainwater harvesting, designs that enable it to consume 50% less energy and 60% less water and a rooftop garden with 360 degree city views.
The Colby Abbot Building
The Colby-Abbot Building, located in the heart of East Town, was built in 1885 as the home office of the Wisconsin Central Railroad. Using white marble imported from Italy and featuring wide corridors and bay windows, this five-story structure was, and continues to be, a magnificent addition to Milwaukee’s skyline. The sixth story was added at the turn of the century to meet the need for commercial office space in Milwaukee’s growing economy.
Gustave E. Kahn, a world-renowned structural engineer, and two partners purchased the Colby-Abbot Building in 1926 and converted it to a multi-tenant building. He soon developed a reputation for excellence in service to tenants and his son, Charles Kahn, Sr., followed this tradition into the 1990s. They reinvested in and upgraded the facility continuously throughout the years.
Thanks to the combined vision and investment of Fulcrum and Millbrook, this building at 250 Michigan Ave., once nearly abandoned has undergone a multi-million dollar complete revamp and rebrand, and reopened recently as Two-Fifty on April 27th, 2017.
Now a multi-use coworking space focused on local businesses and artists, the building also has some of Milwaukee’s best views of downtown and boasts one of the most modern design aesthetics of any downtown building.