List of tallest buildings in Milwaukee

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The Pabst Building, Milwaukee's first skyscraper

The city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin is home to 114 high-rise buildings,[1] 33 of which stand taller than 230 ft (70 m). The majority of the city's high-rises are located between Interstate 94, the Milwaukee River, and Lake Michigan, with an additional string of high-rises extending north along the lake. 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 37-story, 549 ft (167 m) tall, 100 East Wisconsin Ave. building, completed in 1989.[3]

The history of skyscrapers in Milwaukee begins with the Pabst Building. Completed in 1891, and standing 235 ft (72 m) tall, it was Milwaukee's first skyscraper. It was the tallest building in the city until City Hall was completed four years later.[4] 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 experienced a building boom in the mid- to late-1980s. Five of the eleven tallest buildings in the city were constructed between 1985 and 1991. Including two Northwestern Mutual buildings under construction and The Couture, seven of the thirteen tallest buildings will have been constructed since 2005.[6]

Since 2013, downtown Milwaukee has seen the construction of the Moderne, a skyscraper with luxury condominiums, the 833 East Michigan office building, and the Potawatomi Hotel and tower. Future skyscrapers include the 44-story Couture, a 34-story[7] mixed-use tower with high-end residential apartments and retail space by Northwestern Mutual, and the 32-story Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons.[8][9][10][11]

Tallest buildings[edit]

Panoramic view of the Milwaukee skyline

This lists ranks Milwaukee skyscrapers that stand at least 230 ft (70 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.

Rank Name Image Height
ft / m
Floors Year Note
1 U.S. Bank Center US Bank Cente2r (cropped).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.[12][13][14][15]
2 100 East Wisconsin 100 East Wisconsin building, side.jpg 549 / 167.3 37 1989 Second-tallest building in the state; designed as a postmodern version of old German vernacular architecture; built on the site of the former 14-story Pabst skyscraper.[16][17][18]
3 University Club Tower University Club Tower, Milwaukee from the southeast.jpg 446 / 135.9 36 2007 Tallest building constructed in the 21st century.[19][20]
4 Milwaukee Center Milwaukee Center(cropped).jpg 426 / 129.8 28 1988 Second-tallest building in Milwaukee at the time it was completed.[21]
5 411 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.[22]
6 Northwestern Mutual North Tower Northwestern Mutual Tower cropped, Milwaukee.jpg 395 / 120.4 19 1990 The light blue pyramid at the top is lit at night.[23]
7 Kilbourn Tower Kilbourn Tower Milwaukee.jpg 380 / 115.8 33 2005 [24]
8 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.[5]
9 The Moderne The Moderne Milwaukee.jpg 348 / 106.1 31 2012 Tallest building in Wisconsin west of the Milwaukee River.[25][26]
10 AT&T Building
AT&T Building.jpg
317 / 96.6 16 1917 The tower on top was an addition built in 1924
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.
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.[23]
13 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]
14 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]
15 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]
16 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]
17 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]
18 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]
19 Regency House Regency House Milwaukee.jpg 265 / 80.8 27 1969 [37]
20 Juneau Village Milwaukee Wisconsin 6727.jpg 264 / 80.5 27 1965 [38]
21 Yankee Hill Apartments 1 Yankee Hill 5809.jpg 261 / 79.6 23 1987 [39]
22 The BreakWater The BreakWater 2.jpg 260 / 79.2 21 2009 [40]
23 833 East Michigan 833 East Michigan from the southeast.jpg 258 / 78.7 17 2016 [41]
24 633 Building The 633 Building.jpg 252 / 76.8 20 1962 [42]
25 Wisconsin Gas Building Wisconsin Gas Building from the west.jpg 250 / 76.2 20 1930 [43]
Locust Court Apartments Locust Court Apartments.jpg 250 / 76.2 24 1969 [44][45]
Arlington Court Apartments Arlington Court Apartments.jpg 250 / 76.2 24 1969 [44][46]
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.[47] The tower was added to the hotel in 1965.[48]
Basilica of St. Josaphat Basilica of St. Josaphat.jpg 250 / 76.2 1 1901 [49]
30 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.[50]
31 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.[51]
32 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.[52][53][54]
33 Diamond Tower Diamond Tower, Milwaukee.jpg 238 / 72.5 21 1982 Contains 113 condos.[55][56]
34 Hyatt Regency Hyatt Milwaukee (cropped).jpg 234 / 71.3 18 1980 [57]

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
Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons 550 / 167.6 32 2017 Under Construction Topped-out. Will be the largest building in Wisconsin by square footage, and the second-tallest in Wisconsin. [11]
The Couture 507 / 154.5 44 2019 Proposed (Demolition of Transit Center scheduled for September) 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 Wisconsin when completed. Construction is expected to start in September 2016. [9][10][58][59]
1550 North Prospect 290 / 88.4 27 2019 Proposed (approved) A proposed $55 million, 27-story apartment high-rise overlooking Lake Michigan, planned to be built on the site of the historic Goll Mansion Milwaukee's east side. [60][61]
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. [62]
The River at Wells 229 / 69.8 18 2017 Proposed A proposed $17 million project with 57 apartments to replace a two-story building next to the Bronze Fonz statue at 115 E. Wells St. [63][64]
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. [65]

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 was constructed on this site eight years later. [4]
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. [14][15]

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