Building Info

  • Address:
    500 W. Florida St.
  • Taxkey:
    4280298112
  • Architect:
    The Kubala Washatko Architects
  • Status:
  • Assessment:
    $22,177,000 (2015)
  • Year Built:
  • Size:
    45,463 sq-ft

Original building completed in 1907. Hotel completed in 2008.

Hotel designed by The Kubala Washatko Architects. Developed by Tim Dixon of Dixon Development.

Hotel includes 100 rooms.

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Activity

IDDateTypeDescription
ELEC-19-066062019/09/21Permit
Electrical Permit
ELEC-FA-19-002932019/09/21Permit
Fire Alarm Permit
PBFS-19-009662019/08/22Permit
Plumbing-Fire Protection Permit
PLB-19-025222019/06/25Permit
Building Plumbing Permit
COM-ALT-19-004612019/06/21Permit
Commercial Alteration Permit
PBFS-19-007192019/06/19Permit
Plumbing-Fire Protection Permit
HVAC-GEN-19-018062019/06/12Permit
HVAC General Permit
COM-ADD-17-000412017/06/02Permit
Commercial Addition Permit.
IDDateDescriptionType

Content referencing The Iron Horse Hotel

Now Serving: New Thai Place in Riverwest
Now Serving

New Thai Place in Riverwest

Plus: Downtown gets new cafe and new tavern with beer garden.

Ambassador Hotel Announces Hire of Chef Jason Gorman as Culinary Director
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Ambassador Hotel Announces Hire of Chef Jason Gorman as Culinary Director

Milwaukee’s historic hotel reveals appointment of local talent from Art Museum

Bar Exam: MobCraft Milwaukee
Bar Exam

MobCraft Milwaukee

The world's first completely crowdsourced brewery is another piece of the redevelopment of Walker's Point.

The Iron Horse Hotel Appoints Joshua Rogers as Executive Chef
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The Iron Horse Hotel Appoints Joshua Rogers as Executive Chef

Chef Rogers leads the culinary team of Smyth, Branded, The Yard, and private events, meeting spaces, and in-room dining at Milwaukee’s premiere upscale independent hotel

Madisen Maher Architects Announces Completion of River Place Loft’s (Beam House)
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Madisen Maher Architects Announces Completion of River Place Loft’s (Beam House)

Modern Urban Dwelling features 64 Apartments

The Iron Horse Hotel Presents the Second Annual “Yappy Hour at the Yard” on July 30
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The Iron Horse Hotel Presents the Second Annual “Yappy Hour at the Yard” on July 30

Locals and pets can celebrate summer together with craft beer specials benefitting local rescue shelters and specialty pop-up shops with pet-friendly merchandise and treats

New Milwaukee Restaurant and Rooftop Bar & Lounge Opening this June
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New Milwaukee Restaurant and Rooftop Bar & Lounge Opening this June

Bravo TV “Top Chef” alum Chef Heather Terhune to bring Mediterranean-inspired Modern American Fare to Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward

Kohler Co. to Host Milwaukee Professional Networking Event
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Kohler Co. to Host Milwaukee Professional Networking Event

From engineering to accounting and baking to industrial design, career opportunities abound at the first-ever Professional Networking Night hosted by Kohler Co.

Now Serving: The Resurrection of Karl Ratzsch’s
Now Serving

The Resurrection of Karl Ratzsch’s

German restaurant will have new owner. Plus a new small-plates restaurant coming.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Inside the Brix Apartments
Eyes on Milwaukee

Inside the Brix Apartments

Rehabbed, century-old Walker's Point candy factory now a cool apartment complex.

Now Serving: Street Food Tapas for Brady Street
Now Serving

Street Food Tapas for Brady Street

And a new pie place for 55th and North. Both places sound yummy.

Now Serving: New Pizza Parlor in Bay View
Now Serving

New Pizza Parlor in Bay View

Plus: new coffeehouse in Third Ward, and new burger joint in Cudahy.

Now Serving: New French, Italian Restaurants Coming
Now Serving

New French, Italian Restaurants Coming

A new Italian place in Bay View, a new French place in Brown Deer.

Now Serving: Eat Thanksgiving on Hyatt’s 20th Floor
Now Serving

Eat Thanksgiving on Hyatt’s 20th Floor

Hotel's high-rise restaurant returns -- with turkey. And the Oakland Ave. Pizza War Part II.

Now Serving: 14 Choices for Halloween Fun
Now Serving

14 Choices for Halloween Fun

Food, drinks and fright at events like Fetish Friday, Harry Potter Halloween and Trolley Bar Crawl.

Now Serving: GarageToberFest, Fun for the Whole Family
Now Serving

GarageToberFest, Fun for the Whole Family

Show up wearing lederhosen or a dirndl to get a free bratwurst and a beer.

Now Serving: End of Summer Birthday Bash
Now Serving

End of Summer Birthday Bash

The Iron Horse throws a party, Eitel is out at The Brewery and it's officially Cocktail Week

City Approves “Water Tech Two” Development

City Approves “Water Tech Two” Development

A second new building will be built in Reed Street Yards, the city's water-centric office park in Walker's Point.

Architecture Firm to Create UrbanLab in Support of Downtown Milwaukee Initiatives
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Architecture Firm to Create UrbanLab in Support of Downtown Milwaukee Initiatives

UrbanLab to be led by TKWA architect and prominent urban Milwaukee advocate, Chris Socha.

Alderman: Milwaukee as top 2014 destination shows we’re doing many things right
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Alderman: Milwaukee as top 2014 destination shows we’re doing many things right

Milwaukee has made Jetsetter magazine’s list of top recommended travel destinations in 2014 – further validation that the city is headed in the right direction on many fronts, said Alderman Terry L. Witkowski.

House Confidential: Developer Tim Dixon’s Home and Tennis Court
House Confidential

Developer Tim Dixon’s Home and Tennis Court

High above Commerce Street, it offers a spectacular view of Downtown, and respite from Dixon's financial woes.

Bradley Tech student-built motorcycle, Gaenslen student-built solar car in action Tuesday
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Bradley Tech student-built motorcycle, Gaenslen student-built solar car in action Tuesday

Projects among 25 from more than 20 MPS schools at this year's MPS STEM Partners Spring Student Showcase

Demolish Part of Downtown Milwaukee? No.

Demolish Part of Downtown Milwaukee? No.

Recently, it was reported that Robert and Michael Levine are once again considering the demolition of historic buildings along Wisconsin Ave. and Broadway, with the hope of landing a hotel development.

Photo Gallery: A Peek Inside the Iron Horse
Photo Gallery

A Peek Inside the Iron Horse

The Iron Horse just opened on September 15th and we were able to get in for a quick peek.

City Plan Commission Approves 52-unit Residential Care Complex

City Plan Commission Approves 52-unit Residential Care Complex

Resolution 080422 would advance the development known as Kilbourn Square. This project is proposing the development of a 52-unit residential care complex to be located at 2195 W. State St. that would house adults 55 and older.  This resolution stood out primarily because it showed the difficulties of developing property in the City of Milwaukee.  Although the developer presented a project that respected the historical nature of the site and had worked with the City of Milwaukee to put together a logical infill development it still faced a hurdle.  This hurdle wasn’t due to zoning or regulations but a neighboring citizen wishing to maintain the status quo.  This resident complained about, the loss of two trees and green space, and the potential of more traffic.  The commission heard these issues but voted to approve the resolution despite the concerns.  This resolution will now go before the Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee.Another item of note was resolution 080262 which vacated land along South Alexander St. and West Nicholas St. between South 5th St. and South 6th St. to the neighboring property owner.   This was done to allow for construction of a retaining wall to built on the property in support of The Iron Horse Hotel project.  This resolution was approved and will now go before the Public Works Committee.

5th Ward’s Growth Continues

5th Ward’s Growth Continues

Work has begun on at the former Transpak buildings located at 235 E. Pittsburgh Ave. The first is a smaller more recent building which had significant structural problems and is in the process of being demolished. The second is a larger warehouse building that is in the process of being gutted for a mixed-use redevelopment. To accommodate a first floor retail component the City of Milwaukee recently vacated the turning lane adjacent to this property. The new 102-room Iron Horse Hotel located at 500 W. Florida St. has been under construction for several months and should open during the summer of 2008. It will be run by Miami boutique hotel operator Desire Hotels. Desire Hotels operates numerous high-end hotels throughout the country including the The Strand and The Sagamore. The Iron Horse Hotel will bring this same level of style to Milwaukee by featuring exposed brick and timber, down pillows, high-end linens, walk-in showers, flat screen TVs, Wi-Fi and covered parking for motorcycles. Additionally, the redevelopment of 234 W. Florida is making good progress. New windows have been installed throughout half of the structure and the gutting and reconstruction of the second half is well underway. The 5th Ward has shown to be one of the emerging neighborhoods in Milwaukee and these project are just a small portion of the redevelopment efforts that have been ongoing.

Committee Approves Minor Modification to Downer Avenue Redevelopment Plan

Committee Approves Minor Modification to Downer Avenue Redevelopment Plan

Just a couple of quick items of note from today’s ZND meeting. File number 070873 was a report on the redevelopment of the 440th Airlift Wing’s land. The consulting firm, RKG Associates, provided three proposed alternatives noting that they all include the airport’s plan of building a new runway in the future. Basically the plans break down as aviation re-use for entire site, split aviation with commercial, and non-airport use. Comments allude to the fact that the most likely outcome will be the aviation re-use for the entire site. File number 070964 was approved and authorized a “minor” modification to the DPD known as the Downer Avenue Redevelopment. Unfortunately this file isn’t truly minor as it is response to a lawsuit brought against the city claiming the city shouldn’t of issued a building permit and that the city didn’t take the state’s historic recommendations into consideration. Oddly, the changes to the DPD came about in attempt to further “appease” the neighbors. And I believe Alderman Willie Wade summed it up by saying “basically we are in this position because we were trying to be accommodating.” File number 070844 was approved and authorized the sale of a city owned vacant lot at 530 West Florida St to Rider Hotel, LLC. It will be sold for $1 as it has environmental challenges and will be capped to create a parking lot for the $23 million Iron Horse Hotel. File number 070935 was approved and authorizes the Land Disposition Report which basically allows HSI Development Partners, LLC. to acquire the land and construct a building for Derse, Inc. Derse, Inc. was founded in Milwaukee and originally made signs for Miller, Schlitz, and Pabst. They now specializes in tradeshow exhibits and have expanded throughout the U.S. and internationally. Mike D’Amato commented saying, “Now that you’ve expanded everywhere else let’s talk about Milwaukee,” and he’s right on point as this project bring 125 jobs back into the city.

Building data on this page, including assessment information, was last updated on September 6, 2020

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