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River House Condominiums

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1984, William Wenzler and Associates. 1101–1143 N. Edison St.

These modern gray condominiums tucked along the Milwaukee River were pioneers in Milwaukee’s mission to improve its urban riverscape. The Milwaukee River had endured more than a century of neglect and misuse as Milwaukee’s cesspool and dump ever since the city became a heavy manufacturing center. Developed under Mayor Henry Maier in 1983, a new vision favored a mix of residential, commercial, and public areas along the blighted riverbanks. The condominiums, built the next year, provided compact three-story units with wooden decks offering river views through a grove of trees planted along a greensward. Privacy walls frame each unit, from which a tall chimney shaft reaches through the sloping roof.

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Marsha Weisiger et al.
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Marsha Weisiger et al., "River House Condominiums", [Milwaukee, Wisconsin], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/WI-01-MI128.

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Buildings of Wisconsin

Buildings of Wisconsin, Marsha Weisiger and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017, 130-130.

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