The Blatz (Brewery Complex)

© Photographed August 14, 2016
Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
43.045212, -87.909260
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has been placed on the
National Register
of Historic Places
by the United States
Department of the Interior 1986

The marker is located at the west interior entrance to the Blatz Condominiums Building and is accessible from westbound East Highland Avenue, west of its intersection with North Broadway, at or near

Wisconsin Historical Society Architecture and History Inventory
1101-1147 N. Broadway, Milwaukee County, Milwaukee

Historic Name: Blatz Brewery Complex
Other Name: Pabst Brewing Company Complex
Reference Number: 17134

Year Built: 1891
Architectural Style: German Renaissance Revival
Wall Material: Brick
Architect: August Gunzmann

National/State Register Listing Name: Blatz Brewery Complex
National Register Listing Date: 1986-04-15
State Register Listing Date: 1989-01-01

Additional Information:
The Blatz Brewery Complex includes Stock Houses # 1 (1906), # 2 (1904) and # 3 (1891). Three non-historic buildings built on same land in 1930, 1947 and an addition to the Brewhouse in 1946. Most of these structures were demolished in late 1970s to make was for a parking lot. Stock House #1 was built in 1906. It has had the fewest alterations in the out of the three stockhouses, losing only it's 5th story cornice and triangular pediments. Sotck House #2 was constructed in 1904. A oversized steel frame superstructure was constructed atop #2's tower in the 1940's as a part of a giant sign. The sign itself has been removed. Stock House #3 is the oldest structure on the complex, dates from 1891. In the 1930s an additional floor was added, and the pediments were removed. Modern window openings were put in both the north and south facades of #3 at a date unspecified. The west facade was destroyed in the late 1970's when Stockhouse #5 was razed. Holes from this were patched with concrete block. The Valenting Blatz Brewing Company was the first of a long line of German brewers to establish Milwaukee as an international capital of beer manufacturing. Blatz, born in 1826 in Miltenberg, Bavaria, came to the US in 1848. He stayed in Buffalo, N.Y. until moving to Milwaukee in 1851. Here, he took control of a small brewery established in 1845-46 by John Brown. From this meager begining he built a national distribution of beer that grew from 95,000 barrels per year in 1875 to 400,000 in 1894. It was the greatest increase of production of any company in the City of Milwaukee.
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See also, Val. Blatz Brewing Co., across the street from this location.

The plaque is affixed to the wall, beneath the flag.

The southeast corner of the building.

 Screenshot of vintage postcard provided by
General Offices and Plant of the Val,.Blatz Brewing Co.
Milwaukee, Wis.
[note the office building front, center]

 Screenshots of vintage postcard provided by

1879 advertisement for Val. Blatz's Milwaukee lager beer
Published by Wittemann Bros. Lith., New York. Lithograph
possibly by Moritz Ulffers (1819-1902).
This image is available from the United States Library of Congress's
Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID cph.3a19279.
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One of the south side entrances . . .

Blatz sign (above and below) in Cedarburg (Ozaukee County), Wisconsin.

The Blatz Brewery Complex is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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