This downtown building, home to a silversmith for decades, is for sale

This downtown building, home to a silversmith for decades, is for sale

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If you’ve walked by this building and didn’t notice it, you’d be forgiven. This week’s Urban Spelunking destination is a rather unassuming two-story storefront in downtown Milwaukee, home to A. Werner Silversmith since the 1950s.

A view of A. Werner Silversmith from the street level at 1241 N. Water St. | Photo credit: Bobby Tanzilo / OnMilwaukee

Sitting next door to AJ Bombers, 1241 N. Water St., A. Werner Silversmith represents the “old Water Street” era when the thoroughfare was bursting with niche, family-owned businesses. Offering a prime location with 3,520 square feet inside and a large surface parking lot, the site is listed for sale for just under $1 million.

The A. Werner Silversmith company itself is even older, founded in Milwaukee in 1888, known for its custom metalsmithing and design work. It was headquartered in a few other nearby locations before settling in its current spot on Water Street.

A small display case still offers custom wares | Photo credit: Bobby Tanzilo / OnMilwaukee
Owner Mike Wied in the silversmith sho | Photo credit: Bobby Tanzilo / OnMilwaukee

This week on the podcast, we discuss the decades of history at the Milwaukee silversmith, plus we learn more about the immigrant family that founded the company. Listen below, and visit OnMilwaukee for more pictures and history.

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