Former Gettelman brewery buildings get permanent landmark status
At its meeting on Monday, the City of Milwaukee's Historic Preservation Commission unanimously granted permanent landmark status to a pair of former Gettelman brewery buildings at 4400 W. State St.
Last month, the HPC bestowed temporary designation on the former Gettelman malting building and an adjacent office, which are now owned by MillerCoors. One of the last lagering caves in the city is located beneath the malting building.
The designation doesn't mean the structures – built around 1856 and 1858 – can't be demolished, but it makes the process more challenging.
MillerCoors, which had planned to tear down the two buildings to make room for a parking lot and truck depot, has the right to appeal the decision to the Common Council.
The outcry definitely was interesting - breweries are popping up everywhere in MKE. MillerCoors might have a great investment opportunity if the right people do something smart.
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