A complex of Pabst Buildings don’t seem to belong in Walker’s Point, relatively far away from the brewery’s former downtown operation. Yet, they’re still standing today, etched with the Pabst logo. So what were they originally used for? Keep reading to find out. (Hint: it wasn’t for brewing beer!)
All over Walker’s Point — if you look just a little more closely — you’ll find hints about the neighborhood’s industrial past.
Ghost signs, capstones, and ornamental details seem to be etched into almost every old building still standing, and most of the time, you can tell what the building was originally built to be just by looking up from the sidewalk.
OnMilwaukee’s Bobby Tanzilo spotted one of the details on an old warehouse built in the 1890s — a Pabst Brewery medallion stamped into its side — at 326 W. Florida St.
The beer baron apparently had a side business and divided the warehouse into an industrial rental property. The complex was home to A.J. Lindemann & Hooverson, a maker of home appliances, among many other tenants.
Today, is being developed into the future home to the Global Water Center II in Milwaukee, a business and research incubator for water technology.
Click audio player to hear our interview, and read Bobby’s complete story at OnMilwaukee.com.