MMA announces Mayor’s Design Award for River Place Lofts

Madisen Maher Architects (MMA) is proud to announce its Mayor’s Design Award from the city of Milwaukee for River Place Lofts, located at 625 W. Freshwater Way. Situated in Walker’s Point, the 19th century industrial space, formerly part of the Pfister Vogel Tannery, was transformed into 64 distinctive living environments, each designed to take advantage of building aesthetics and city views. The apartments range in size from 750 to 1570 sq. ft.

River Place Lofts represents a unique opportunity to bring an 1870’s-era industrial building back to life. The design highlights Cream City brick, exposed columns and beams, arched-top windows and modern elements. Amenities include bike racks, a community room and a guest suite. Design challenges involved overcoming non-aligning floors, a variety of structural systems and repair of damage from a major fire in 2005.

MMA also guided the design and project through the Historic Tax Credit process.

The Mayor’s Design Awards are presented in an ongoing effort to recognize design excellence throughout the City of Milwaukee. Recipients have added value to their neighborhoods by restoring, constructing or enhancing their properties in a way that respects the urban fabric and contributes to the character of their surroundings.

The 19th Annual Mayor’s Design Award ceremony was held earlier in the year at UWM’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning.