Building Info

Colby Abbot Building
  • Address:
    759 N. Milwaukee St.
  • Taxkey:
    3920717000
  • Architect:
    Edward Townsend Mix
  • Status:
  • Assessment:
    $3,472,000 (2012)
  • Year Built:
  • Size:
    52,544 square feet

The Colby Abbot Building is a six-story, mixed-use building in downtown Milwaukee. The first floor is currently configured to have three retail stalls, a tavern space, and a restaurant space. The upper five floors all contain office space. The building was designed by famous Milwaukee architect Edward Townsend Mix.

The well over 100-year-old building has seen a number of changes since it was originally built. The front entrance and lobby of the building were originally on Mason St., today the location of the tavern space. Even more of a drastic change, the building was originally built with five floors, the sixth added as an addition early in its history. The building was originally known as the Colby & Abbot Building, with the name on display in a sign over the original entrance to the building.

The first-floor of the building went under an extensive renovation in 2010 that replaced the mid-century masonry facade with glass panes that expose the arches that were once a key part of the first-floors design. The redesign also created two street-facing retail stalls, 755 N. Milwaukee St. and 757 N. Milwaukee St.

The building has been in the Kahn family since 1926 when it was purchased by Gustave E. Kahn and two partners.

The building was originally built as the headquarters of the Wisconsin Central Railroad Corporation. The building’s name is derived from the company’s leadership, President and Treasurer Charles Colby and Vice President and Secretary Edwin Hale Abbot. The central Wisconsin cities of Colby and Abbotsford are likewise named after the railroad, with Colby being named for Charles Colby’s father, Gardner L. Colby, and Abbotsford being named after Abbot.

Tenant History

  • Karl Ratzch’s (? – Present) – 320 E. Mason St.
  • Euro Bar (? – 2008) – 324 E. Mason St.
  • Vanity Ultra Lounge (2008 – 2009) – 324 E. Mason St.
  • Velvet Hour (January 2010 – 2011) – 324 E. Mason St.
  • Warfrique (November 2010 – October 2012) – 757 N. Milwaukee St.
  • Sublime Bar & Lounge (2011 – 2012) – 324 E. Mason St.
  • 42 Lounge (? – Present) – 324 E. Mason St.
  • Digital Edge Copy & Print Center (2012 – Present) – 330 E. Mason St.
  • Urban Milwaukee: The Store (April 2012 – Present) – 755 N. Milwaukee St.

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Activity

IDDateTypeDescription
ELEC-19-009142019/02/07Permit
Electrical Permit
PLB-19-004782019/02/05Permit
Building Plumbing Permit
ELEC-19-002132019/01/10Permit
Electrical Permit
ELEC-18-091192018/12/28Permit
Electrical Permit
PLB-18-056722018/12/01Permit
Building Plumbing Permit
PWOP-18-008532018/06/14Permit
ROW Occupancy Permit.
PWEC-18-015892018/06/05Permit
ROW Excavation City Contract.
PWEN-18-000962018/03/30Permit
ROW Excavation Non-Utility.
PWOP-18-000332018/01/14Permit
ROW Occupancy Permit.
PWEC-17-022412017/08/25Permit
ROW Excavation City Contract.
PWEC-17-020782017/08/09Permit
ROW Excavation City Contract.
PWEC-17-017282017/07/07Permit
ROW Excavation City Contract.
PWOP-17-007642017/06/09Permit
ROW Occupancy Permit.
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Building data on this page, including assessment information, was last updated on April 28, 2019

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