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River House Condominiums

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1984, William Wenzler and Associates. 1101–1143 N. Edison St.
  • (Photograph by Andrew Hope)

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.

Writing Credits

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—,

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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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