The last remaining Federal style commercial building in Milwaukee and also the oldest brewery building in the city is set to move down the street. Built in 1853, the Gipfel Union Brewery, 423 W. Juneau Ave., functioned as a brewery until 1890.
On Sunday, March 11, the entire historic structure (now sitting on blocks) will be transplanted a block east and reborn as a restaurant or pub as part of developer Rob Ruvin's plans to transform the Sydney Hih building into a hotel, condos and retail.
According to City records, the building was constructed either for David Gipfel or for his older son Carl Wilheim (Charles). Family ownership of the property dates back to June 30, 1843 when David Gipfel purchased the lot from Daniel and Cordelia Brown for $400.00. He added adjoining property to his holdings with a purchase from Harvey Brichard on Nov. 25, 1845.
Should weather not cooperate on March 11, the alternate date for the building move is March 18.
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