Emanuel D. Adler House

1681 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Former residence converted to commercial space


Overview Looking West

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in September 2013




This 8,500 square foot mansion was built on the "Gold Coast" of Prospect Avenue in 1888. A combination of both Queen Anne and Romanesque Revival styles, the house was designed by the well-known Milwaukee architect, Alfred C. Clas for clothing manufacturer Emanuel Adler.

Clas was noted for grandiose designs, such as the Tripoli Temple in Milwaukee, the Joseph Vilas, Jr, house in Manitowoc and the fabulous Frederick Pabst Mansion in Milwaukee, amongst many other spectacular designs.

The Adler house became a rooming house in 1935 and although much of the original hardware and woodwork has been lost over the years, many pieces remain and have been restored. The grand staircase, which would never pass modern fire codes, was saved by virtue of adding a fire-rated stairway, with wheelchair lift, on the back of the house.

Many of the remaining mansions of the Gold Coast are endangered because of rising property values and general disdain for older structures. However, rising awareness of the historical and intrinsic value of these structures is fueling a drive to restore and repurpose the former mansions.

This gem is a prime example of cooperative efforts between government and restorers to preserve these wonderful examples Milwaukee's colorful past.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 13, 1991
Reference number
NR name
Adler, Emanuel D., House
Architectural styles
Victorian: Queen Anne; Victorian: Romanesque
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Multiple dwelling
Period of significance


Alfred C. Clas (7)
Brick (42,462)
Fred Werner (1)
House (27,220)
Limestone (8,192)
Milwaukee County, Wisconsin (318)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin (163)
Private owner (54,396)
Queen Anne (5,090)
Romanesque (2,715)
Slate (5,715)
Terra cotta (3,922)
Victorian (19,697)
Wisconsin (2,567)

Update Log 

  • October 20, 2013: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status, Added Description and Added Photos