History

The Broadway Market Lofts Building

325-331 North Broadway
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

The Ludington Estate Commission Houses were built in 1894 by the H.C. Koch & Co. The building housed the Railway Salvage Company in the early twentieth century before the street became the center of the wholesale grocery industries located in the Third Ward. Much of the fruits and vegetables distributed throughout the region for over 100 years originated from “Commission Row” vendors. This was the heart and soul of the local Italian produce community until the 1990’s.

Trucks loading on Commission Row.

Commission Row for more than a century, was the place where fruit and vegetable wholesalers sold their goods to Milwaukee-area grocers, restaurants and even pushcart vendors. Buyers and sellers made deals, with pallets of produce stacked on the block’s wide sidewalks beneath the buildings’ distinctive metal awnings.

“It was one of the most bustling, active sites in Milwaukee,” according to a 1984 petition nominating the Third Ward for the National Register of Historic Places.

Jennaro Bros., Maglio & Co., Gagliano & Co. and the now-defunct Morris Goldman Inc. for several years had remained on Commission Row even as developers began slowly converting Third Ward buildings during the 1970s and ’80s.

Cream City Brick Workers, 1885.

Development

Located in the heart of Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, these Commission Row Lofts and penthouses are the epitome of a Live/Work/Play lifestyle. 

Featuring modern kitchens, in-unit laundry centers, hardwood floors throughout, high ceilings with an abundance of windows, controlled access and heated underground parking. All within a cream city brick and timber-frame warehouse structure. These are authentic industrial lofts.

The Broadway Market Lofts building boasts 2 penthouses, 12 loft apartments and a large retail space below. The lofts are professionally managed by Structure Properties, with a 24/7 maintenance staff on call.

Whether you are here to live or to work, Broadway Market Lofts is just steps from all the neighborhood has to offer. The building is in a high-traffic area just down the street from The Milwaukee Public Market, Cafe Benelux and Wicked Hop restaurants. Neighboring retail businesses include Anthropologie, West Elm, Restoration Hardware and Red Elephant.

Harley-Davidson Motorcycle.
View down Broadway.