Building Info

Jane Bradley Pettit Building
  • Address:
    273 E. Erie St.
  • Taxkey:
  • Architect:
    Albert S. Hecht
  • Status:
  • Assessment:
    $9,700,000 (exempt)
  • Year Built:
  • Size:
    245,000 square-feet

The Jane Bradley Pettit Building is the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design’s main building. MIAD bought the building in 1989 and moved in in 1992 following a $10 million renovation. The renovation was led by David Uihlein Architects and Zimmerman Design Group.

It was previously known as the Milwaukee Terminal Building. The building was completed in 1920 by architect Albert Hecht.

From 1947 until 1959, the Terrible T submarine was tied up outside of the building for use as a training ship for the Milwaukee Naval Reserve submarine division (photos).

Prior to moving into the building, MIAD was located at 342 N. Water. St.

The Milwaukee Terminal Building was sold at auction in 1934 to Frederick P. Jones, satisfying a claim by creditors against the previous owner. Jones represented the existing bond holders.

When it was built, the building was home was used as terminal for automobiles brought by building owner Goodrich Steamship company from Michigan. The building was later converted to a number of different uses.

Masco occupied the top floor for a number of years, a product finishing business.

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Plumbing-Fire Protection Permit.
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Electrical Permit.
Commercial Alteration Permit.
Plumbing-Fire Protection Permit.
Plumbing-Fire Protection Permit.