Historic Milwaukee Apartments

One of the defining features of Milwaukee is its connection to the past. One of the most popular attractions on the city is the Streets of Old Milwaukee exhibit at the Milwaukee Public Museum. Although those streets are set in the late 1800s, you can see ample evidence of Brew City’s history still standing today — you can even live in it. To carve out your own space among the city’s past, check out these historic Milwaukee apartments.

Mackie Flats

The formidable exterior alone is enough to draw curious onlookers, and now those onlookers rent their own piece of this building on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The top three floors of the 130-year-old Mackie Building in the Historic Third Ward were recently renovated to be posh top-of-the-line apartments. Previously the floors were used as office space, according to an article by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The article also states that the apartments display the building’s steel truss system, have 15-foot ceilings, beautiful tall windows, brick archways, and the original wood flooring. The building’s ornate clock tower is currently being restored.

Brix Lofts

This former candy factory is still filled with the sweet stuff: enormous windows, painted brick, industrial elements, a fitness center, and a patio with grills, raised gardens, and a view of the 6th Street Viaduct. There are 22 unique floor plans to choose from, ranging from one- to three-bedroom layouts. Plus, Brix is a pet-friendly community, so you can bring your cat or dog with you.


With plenty of industrial appeal, the Bridgeview apartments reside in the former Pittsburgh Plate Glass building in Walker’s Point, just across the Kinnickinnic River from the Historic Third Ward. Built in the 1930s, the former PPG spot has earned itself a place on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The building’s front exterior still remains largely untouched, but the back sports modern balconies, and the rooftop balcony is decked out with plants, a pergola, and a fantastic 360-degree view of the city and its rivers.

Historic 5th Ward Lofts

How many renters can say they have a private putting green? Residents of the Historic 5th Ward Loft Apartments just have to go downstairs to access the indoor golf room, plus fitness center, theater, community room, and rooftop patio. Inside, all five floors of  one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments are wrapped around a center atrium, with rough wood accents and exposed brick.