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i_am_hydrogen Nov 4, 2009 3:51 PM

MILWAUKEE | Moderne | 316 FT | 31 FLOORS | T/O

The Moderne is part of the larger-scale redevelopment of Park East, a tract of vacant land in downtown Milwaukee that was left over after the demolition of an underused freeway spur.

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Moderne loans win full council approval

By Tom Daykin of the Journal Sentinel
Nov. 3, 2009 8:58 a.m.

The City of Milwaukee will lend $9.3 million to help finance development of the $55.2 million Moderne apartment high-rise under a 13-2 vote this morning by the Common Council...

i_am_hydrogen Nov 4, 2009 3:51 PM

Originally posted by EastSider:

From Rinka Chung (Architect)



CGII Nov 4, 2009 4:08 PM

Sick nasty!

I think this will be the tower that will end the city's legacy for white buildings sparked by the Calatrava as it was really the last large project to follow that trend designed before the recession.

ardecila Nov 4, 2009 8:55 PM

Well, US Bank Tower is the biggest white building, and it predates the Calatrava.

Regardless, this tower is sick. Score one for Milw!

KevinFromTexas Nov 5, 2009 12:11 AM

Good name (and spelling) for it. It suits it well. I like the streamlined look of it. I've always had a thing for curved corners like that, and I like the hint of an overhang.

CGII Nov 5, 2009 1:23 AM


Originally Posted by ardecila (Post 4540897)
Well, US Bank Tower is the biggest white building, and it predates the Calatrava.

Regardless, this tower is sick. Score one for Milw!

I'm well aware; my point is that the Calatrava sparked a local trend for futuristic, clean and white architecture. The 6th st. Viaduct, Amtrak Station, Pier Wisconsin and UCT all come to mind...

Nowhereman1280 Nov 5, 2009 3:42 AM

^^^ Agreed, I see the whole white thing as also tangent to the rebirth of all of Milwaukee's "cream city" brick as we uncover the brick that caused the name "cream city" out from under years of grime and soot. The whole city has really gone up a few shades on the brightness scale will all the new white structures, cleaned up old cream city brick, and cleaned up city hall. I'm all for a continuation of the tradition of Milwaukee being "Cream City".

Also, this just seems to be more evidence that the boom hasn't really stopped in Milwaukee. The downtown just seems to have so much momentum that projects keep starting despite the recession. Hopefully this bodes well for an uber-boom during the imminent upswing in the economy.

GregBear24 Nov 7, 2009 12:36 PM

Usually, neighboring cities don't like each other, but I love Milwaukee and I always enjoy myself there. Perhaps it's because I'm german. Anyway, this building is awesome and I especially love the location. Hopefully a few more tall residential buildings pop up around that area of the city. Milwaukee has planned new developments on or near the river perfectly, and I wish chicago would do the same.

ChiPsy Nov 7, 2009 1:11 PM

Yeah, everybody I know from Chicago who's been to Milwaukee loves the place.

The interior layouts of this building look great, btw -- I love the cut-through fireplaces!

the urban politician Nov 7, 2009 3:24 PM

^ I'm bullish on Milwaukee. I think as a city it is finding a new niche as Chicago's northern "boutique" little brother.

And I like the tower too, btw.

Nowhereman1280 Nov 7, 2009 5:34 PM

^^^ Well Milwaukee has been for some time the place people from Chicago move when they don't want to live in or raise their children in the hectic, big city, atmosphere of Chicago, but still want to live in a town with many job opportunities, class, and culture in the lower Lake Michigan area.

The pictures of all the new development there hardly do it any justice. There are parts of the city that look different every time I go home. I mean new buildings just appear out of the ground where there were once gravel lots in a matter of months and they all have excellent, modern designs.

CGII Nov 7, 2009 7:13 PM


Originally Posted by the urban politician (Post 4546023)
^ I'm bullish on Milwaukee. I think as a city it is finding a new niche as Chicago's northern "boutique" little brother.

And I like the tower too, btw.

Actually Chicago is just Milwaukee's southern 'business' little brother. ;)

Complex01 Nov 9, 2009 11:59 PM

Its a nice looking tower. I like it. Very Nice...


eastsider2 Feb 19, 2010 6:00 PM

The Moderne updated their website, especially about pricing options. Construction is still listed as starting this month.

Pricing from the condo units will ranged from $2.5 million to $243k.

Floor Plans for the $2.5 million penthouse:
3 bedroom+ study
3.5 bath
4,818 square feet + 1,049 square feet of terrace

New images of interior of units:

ardecila Feb 28, 2010 8:59 PM

I don't really know the Milwaukee market, so are these high prices reasonable given the wealth of the people still looking for downtown Milwaukee residences?

Even in Chicago, developers would have a difficult time selling units in a building at such high prices.

EDIT: just realized that the units over a mil are all on floors 28-30. The "regular" units top out at $760, with most around the $250k mark. That seems FAR more realistic.

i_am_hydrogen May 11, 2010 8:06 PM

Still waiting on HUD...
Moderne high-rise remains on hold pending HUD loan guarantee OK
By Tom Daykin of the Journal Sentinel

May 11, 2010 7:15 a.m.

The groundbreaking for downtown's Moderne high-rise apartment project remains delayed as developer Rick Barrett continues to wait for final approval from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for a loan guarantee...

Steely Dan Aug 27, 2010 10:17 PM

Moderne high-rise loan guarantee wins final OK, work to begin soon
By Tom Daykin of the Journal Sentinel
Aug. 27, 2010 1:10 p.m.

The final approval for a federal loan guarantee to finance the planned downtown Moderne apartment high-rise has just been granted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, an agency spokeswoman told me Friday afternoon.

That approval paves the way for developer Rick Barrett to begin building the Moderne, which will have 203 apartments and 14 condos at the southwest corner of W. Juneau Ave. and N. Old World 3rd St. It will be among the largest construction projects currently happening in the Milwaukee area.



Infernal_Elf Sep 2, 2010 7:49 AM

very beautiful little tower the night renderings are striking

SkyscrapersOfNewYork Sep 2, 2010 12:17 PM

cute lil thing,paint it blue and ill steal it and plop it onto the lower west side. ;)

colemonkee Sep 2, 2010 9:49 PM

Great news for Milwaukee. A very classy-looking tower.

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