River Place Lofts’ Beam House
Madisen Maher Architects (MMA) designed the award-winning River Place Lofts Apartments – aka “The Historic Beam House,” highlighting historic building elements and city views.” Located in Walker’s Point, the 19th century manufacturing space, part of the former Pfister Vogel Tannery, was transformed into 64 distinctive living environments ranging in size from 750 to 1570 square feet.
River Place Lofts represented a unique opportunity to bring an 1870’s-era industrial building back to life. Design challenges included overcoming non-aligning floors, a variety of structural systems and repair of damage from a major fire in 2005. The design highlights the cream city brick, exposed columns and beams, arched-top windows and other industrial elements of the building. MMA also guided the design and project through the Historic Tax Credit process.
The building provides dynamic views of the 6th Street Viaduct, the Harley Museum, The Iron Horse Hotel, Burnham Canal and downtown Milwaukee. River Place Lofts is comprised of four different buildings constructed between 1871 and 1874. The project is located at 625 Freshwater Way, Milwaukee, WI 53204, and contains one- and two-bedroom apartments.