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Cream of the Cream City Award Winners: 2002

George Ziegler Candy Company Building 223 N. Water Street

The DeMattia Group cleaned the brick to reveal the buildings fine architectural detail and used historic photos to recreate the first floor storefront, the ornamental iron fire escape and the decorative urns at the top of the building. The interior houses an upscale new restaurant, Onyx on the first floor, offices on the upper stories, and a wine cellar on the lower level that will open onto the soon-to-be-constructed riverwalk.



Stephenson Building, currently the Monroe Building 756 N. Milwaukee Street

Stephenson Building BEFORERobert Machek HouseThe Monroe Building/Van Buren Management, Inc. rebuilt the first story with large windows, granite and cast stone and recaptured that quality that once made the building the center of downtown culture.




Summit Square
2203 E. Ivanhoe Place, 2230 N. Summit Avenue, 2207 and 2211 E. Ivanhoe

Summit SquareTim Hiller and Steve Clavette retained two historic residences on the site while constructing new infill development on the property as part of larger development project. The two old residences were restored and the new condominiums were designed to maintain a traditional appearance that works well with the existing buildings on the site and in the North Point South Historic District.





Donna Schlieman

Donna SchliemanMs. Schlieman is being recognized for many years of dedicated preservation activism. She has volunteered as a tour guide for Historic Milwaukee, Inc. and the Pabst Mansion and has served on various neighborhood boards and committees.






Grabhorn House/Duplex 2838-40 W. Kilbourn Avenue

grabhorn House AFTERGrabhorn House BEFOREMichael Davis gave this building a new lease on life by restoring the original wood siding, rebuilding the porch and emphasizing the ornamental detail.








Pietsch House 3249-51 W. McKinley Boulevard

Pietsch House BEFOREPietsch House AFTERThis Arts and Crafts style house from 1908 was slated for removal for parking lot expansion but Harley-Davidson and Select Milwaukee worked to have the house moved to a vacant lot in the Cold Spring Park/McKinley Boulevard Historic District. This project demonstrates that collaborative partnerships can often lead to creative solutions for the rescue and re-use of our distinctive old houses. 




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