Architect: Excel Engineering, Inc.
Owner: Shoe Factor Lofts-Milwaukee, LLC
Contractor: Northcentral Construction, Corp
Shoe Factory Lofts is an adaptive re-use of an existing historic building built in two phases, the first in 1910 and the second in 1919. The 5-story building is an excellent example of manufacturing and light industrial operations with each portion of the structure being representative of the construction technology available at the time.
The owner’s vision was that of an entirely restored building with original items such as hardwood flooring and fire doors being salvaged and re-installed later in the process.
The building was partially vacant at the time of purchase and the directive was to restore each of the two sections of the building to their original character. The architect, working with the State Historic Preservation Office, worked through the details of removing paint from all of the interior brick surfaces. Paint also was removed from all of the ceilings, beams and columns. In order to leave the ceilings exposed, the architect balanced aesthetic desires, sound control strategies and code required fire ratings to arrive at a final solution.
Shoe Factory Lofts is now home to 55 residences in the Walker’s Point district of Milwaukee.
Photos: Steve Ryan Photography