List of tallest buildings in Milwaukee

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View from Lakeshore Park showing southeastern part of downtown, 2017

The city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin is home to 110 high-rise buildings,[1] 49 of which stand taller than 200 ft (61 m). The majority of the city's high-rises are located north of the Interstate 794, south of Juneau Avenue, east of Interstate 43, and west of Lincoln Memorial Drive. However there are additional high-rises extending northward along Lake Michigan. The tallest building in Milwaukee, and Wisconsin, is the 42-story, 601 ft (183 m) tall, U.S. Bank Center, which was completed in 1973.[2] The second-tallest is the 32-story, 550 ft (170 m) tall, Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons building, completed in 2017.[3][4]

The history of skyscrapers in Milwaukee began with the Pabst Building. Completed in 1891, and standing 235 ft (72 m) tall, it was Milwaukee's first skyscraper, and the tallest building in the city until City Hall was completed four years later. The Pabst Building was demolished in 1981, and 100 East Wisconsin now stands on the site. For nearly eighty years, from 1895 to 1973, the Milwaukee City Hall dominated the skyline, and was at the time of its completion, the tallest habitable building in the United States.[5] The city then experienced a building boom whereby five of the twelve tallest buildings in the city were constructed between 1985 and 1991. But a second building boom in the twenty-first century includes the construction of the Moderne, a skyscraper with luxury condominiums, the 833 East Michigan office building, the Potawatomi Casino Hotel, and the Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons, all constructed since 2012. Future under construction or approved skyscrapers include the 44-story, 537 ft tall, Couture, a mixed-use tower with high-end residential apartments and retail space, the 34-story, 387 ft tall, Northwestern Mutual Residential Tower, the 25-story, 335 ft tall, BMO Harris Financial Center, a second 21-story, 307 ft tall, Potawatomi Casino Tower (still requiring final Common Council approval), and the resurrected 27-story, 301 ft tall, Goll Mansion Apartment Tower, resulting in ten of the sixteen tallest buildings in the city having been constructed since 2005.[6] As of October of 2017, another five high-rises have been proposed since the beginning of 2017.


Tallest buildings[edit]

This lists ranks Milwaukee skyscrapers that stand at least 200 ft (61 m) tall, based on standard height measurement. This includes spires and architectural details but does not include antenna masts. The "Year" column indicates the year in which a building was completed.


Buildings along the lakeshore. In the far left background is UWM and in the foreground the University Club and Kilbourn Towers.
The Milwaukee Center stands at the far left along the Milwaukee River.
Rank Name Image Height
ft / m
Floors Year Notes Reference
1 U.S. Bank Center US Bank skyscraper.jpg 601 / 183.0 42 1973 Tallest building in the state; previously called the First Wisconsin Center (1973–92) and the Firstar Center (1992–2002). The building won a Distinguished Building Award from the Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1974. [7][8][9][10]
2 Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons NWMTO.jpg 550 / 167.6 32 2017 Largest building in Wisconsin by square footage, and the second-tallest in the state [11]
3 100 East Wisconsin 100 East Wisconsin building, side.jpg 549 / 167.3 37 1989 Designed as a postmodern version of old German vernacular architecture and built on the site of the former 14-story Pabst skyscraper, this was the second tallest building in the state for 28 years. [12][13][14]
4 University Club Tower University Club Tower, Milwaukee from the southeast.jpg 446 / 135.9 36 2007 Tallest building constructed in the 21st century, until the Northwestern Mutual Tower. [15][16]
5 Milwaukee Center Milwaukee Center(cropped).jpg 426 / 129.8 28 1988 Second-tallest building in Milwaukee at the time it was completed. [17]
6 411 East Wisconsin Center 411 East Wisconsin.jpg 408 / 124.4 30 1985 Constructed with 1,200 eight-ton, pre-cast concrete panels in a modern architectural style. [18]
7 Northwestern Mutual North Tower Northwestern Mutual Tower cropped, Milwaukee.jpg 395 / 105.9 19 1990 The light blue pyramid at the top is lit at night. [19][20]
8 Kilbourn Tower Kilbourn Tower Milwaukee.jpg 380 / 115.8 33 2005 [21]
9 Milwaukee City Hall Milwaukee City Hall from the south.jpg 353 / 107.6 15 1895 Tallest habitable building in the world for more than four years after completion (1895–99); tallest building in Milwaukee for nearly 80 years. [22]
10 The Moderne The Moderne Milwaukee.jpg 348 / 106.1 31 2012 Tallest building in Wisconsin west of the Milwaukee River. [23][24]
11 The Potawatomi Casino Hotel Potawatomi Hotel Milwaukee September 2015.jpg 307 / 93.6 21 2014 It is the tallest building in the city south of Interstate 94. [25]
12 1000 North Water Street 1000 north water street.jpg 296 / 90.2 16 1991 The light pink facade and windows give it a unique appearance in Milwaukee's skyline. [19]
13 Yankee Hill Apartments 1 Yankee Hill 5809.jpg 292.91 / 89.28 23 1987 [26]
14 Chase Tower Chase Tower Milwaukee.jpg 288 / 87.8 22 1961 Second-tallest building in Milwaukee at the time it was completed. Once the site of Maritime Bank, it was known as Bank One Plaza before Bank One's merger with Chase. Contains 480,000 square feet of Class A office space and houses Milwaukee Public Radio. [27][28]
15 Allen-Bradley Clock Tower Allen Bradley Clocktower 8208.jpg 283 / 86.3 17 1962 The world's second-largest four-sided clock sits atop this tower. [29][30][31]
16 Wisconsin Tower Wisconsin Tower Milwaukee.jpg 280 / 85.3 22 1930 Second-tallest building in Milwaukee at the time of its completion; converted into 74 condominiums in 2006. [32]
17 BMO Harris Bank Building Marshall & Ilsley Bank Building.jpg 277 / 84.4 21 1969 Former headquarters of M&I Bank, the largest bank based in Wisconsin. [33][34]
18 Bay View Terrace BayView Terrace from the east.jpg 275 / 83.8 25 1964 Tallest building on Milwaukee's south side. The north and south facades have no windows, save for the balcony doors. [35]
19 Hilton Milwaukee City Center Hilton Milwaukee City Center, antenna.jpg 274 / 83.5 25 1927 The antenna on top makes the total height of the building 630 feet (192m). [36]
20 Diamond Tower Diamond Tower, Milwaukee.jpg 267.44 / 81.5 21 1982 Contains 113 condos. [37][38]
20 St. Johns on the Lake 267.44 / 81.5 21 2011 [39]
22 Regency House Regency House Milwaukee.jpg 265 / 80.8 27 1969 [40]
23 Juneau Village Milwaukee Wisconsin 6727.jpg 264 / 80.5 27 1965 [41]
24 The BreakWater The BreakWater 2.jpg 260 / 79.2 21 2009 [42]
25 833 East Michigan 833 East Michigan from the southeast.jpg 258 / 78.7 17 2016 [43]
26 633 Building The 633 Building.jpg 252 / 76.8 20 1962 [44]
27 Wisconsin Gas Building Wisconsin Gas Building from the west.jpg 250 / 76.2 20 1930 The flame on top lights either red or blue depending tomorrow ' s temperature. [45]
27 Locust Court Apartments Locust Court Apartments.jpg 250 / 76.2 24 1969 [46][47]
27 Arlington Court Apartments Arlington Court Apartments.jpg 250 / 76.2 24 1969 [46][48]
27 The Pfister Hotel The Pfister Hotel Tower cropped.jpg 250 / 76.2 21 1965 Hotel dates back to the late 19th century. Visitors have claimed it is haunted. The tower was added to the hotel in 1965. [49] [50]
27 Basilica of St. Josaphat Basilica of St. Josaphat.jpg 250 / 76.2 1 1901 [51]
32 Landmark on the Lake Landmark on the Lake, Milwaukee.jpg 248 / 75.6 27 1991 The building is 248 feet tall from the Prospect Avenue entrance; the building is 350 feet tall at the rear. [52]
33 Cathedral Place Cathedral Place.jpg 244 / 74.4 19 2004 A mixed-use tower where the 27 residential units are on the lower floors, and the 200,000 square feet of office space is on the upper floors. The building won a Distinguished Building Award from the Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 2005. [53]
34 UW-Milwaukee's Sandburg Residence Hall, North Tower Sandburg Hall North Tower at dusk.jpg 243 / 74.1 27 1971 The North Tower's height reaches 482 feet (147m) with the antenna. [54][55][56]
35 Riverview Apartments 242/ 73.8 (Est.) 19 1964 [57]
35 Yankee Hill Apartments 2 Yankee Hill 5809.jpg 242 / 73.8 23 1987 [58]
37 Hyatt Regency Hyatt Milwaukee (cropped).jpg 229.24 / 69.87 18 1980 [59]
37 250 Plaza 229.24 / 69.87 18 1973 [60]
37 Straz Tower 229.24 / 69.87 18 1954 [61]
40 Cudahy Tower Cudahy Tower and University Club Tower in fog.jpg 224/ 68 16 1928 [62]
41 Park Lafayette North Tower 221/ 67.3 20 2009 [63]
42 Park Lafayette South Tower 221/ 67.3 20 2009 [64]
43 Catholic Financial Life Building 220/ 67.1 18 1970 [65]
44 Prospect Tower 217/ 66.1 23 1964 [66]
45 City Center at 735 216/ 65.8 16 1914 [67]
46 AT&T Building
AT&T Building.jpg
213 / 64.9 19 1924 [68]
47 Wells Building 212/ 64.6 15 1901 [69]
48 Henry S. Reuss Federal Plaza 210/ 64.0 14 1983 [70]
49 Edgewater Terrace 203.76/ 62.1 16 1967 [71]

Tallest under construction, approved, and proposed[edit]

This lists buildings that are under construction, approved, or proposed in Milwaukee.

Name Height
feet / m
Floors Year Status Notes Reference
The Couture 537 / 163 44 2019 Under Construction Proposed by County Executive Chris Abele on July 11, 2012. The building will house 302 luxury apartments, and will be the fourth-tallest building in Milwaukee and Wisconsin when completed. Demolition is complete and construction is scheduled to begin in December of 2017. [72][73]
Northwestern Mutual Residential Tower 387 / 118 34 2018 Under Construction On October 5, 2015, Northwestern Mutual announced a second proposed tower to include residential units, parking, retail, and a public plaza. Once completed, Northwestern Mutual Insurance Company will have constructed three of the top nine tallest buildings in the city and state. [74]
Portfolio 24 2019 Proposed A proposed 24-story, $100 million apartment tower to include 235 apartments. The tower will replace a vacant lot. Construction is planned to start in summer of 2017. [75]
BMO Harris Financial Center 335 / 102 25 2019 Under Construction A proposed 360,000-square-foot office tower by BMO Harris Bank. The new 25-story building, targeted for completion in late 2019, will be constructed next to BMO Harris Bank's present location at 770 N. Water Street. [76]
Potawatomi Casino second hotel tower 307/ 21 2019 Approved A proposed second hotel tower was announced by Potawatomi Bingo Casino which will stand just east of and connect to the current 21 story hotel tower. The proposal was approved by the City Plan Commission on July 17, 2017, and subsequently approval by the City Council. [77][78]
St. Johns on the lake - 3rd building, 2nd tower 220+ / 67+ 22 Proposed [79]
Masonic Center Hotel 234 / 71 18 Proposed 14 story hotel addition. [80]
Goll Mansion Apartment Tower 301/91.74 27 Approved Approved by city planning commission on August 14, 2017 to construct the new tower after moving the Goll Mansion closer to Prospect Ave. The city's Zoning, Neighborhoods, and Development Committee approved this proposal on September 19, 2017, whereby the project then went before the Common Council where it received final approval on September 26, 2017, thus allowing the project to go forward. [81]
Edison Place 20 Proposed Construction hoped to begin in the fall of 2017. [82]
1433 N Water Street 240+/73+ 24 Proposed [83]

Timeline of tallest buildings[edit]

Name Height
feet / m
Floors Year Status Notes Reference
Pabst Building 235 / 71.6 14 1891 Demolished Demolished in 1981, 100 East Wisconsin was constructed on this site eight years later. [84]
Milwaukee City Hall 353 / 107.6 15 1895 Completed Dominated the Milwaukee skyline for nearly eighty years and was the tallest habitable building in the world at the time of its completion. [5]
U.S. Bank Center 601 / 183.2 42 1973 Completed Tallest building in Wisconsin since its completion. [9][10]

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