Saint James Court Apartments

831 West Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Neoclassical, upscale apartment building that fell on hard times, now restored


Oblique Looking Southeast

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in June 2014



Street View 


Built by Emil Ott, the heir to the Steinmueller & Son grocery on 4th and Juneau (later moved to 3rd and Highland) the Saint James Court Apartments was just one of several projects that Ott would commission Clas to create for him. Others included the Steinmueller Block on 3rd and Highland, the opulant interior of the Ott Residence on the east side and the old Auditorium.

The Saint James Court Apartments were upscale, in fact, Alfred Clas moved into an apartment here himself. Some apartments had servant's quarters and a separate entrance. A freight elevator was also a part of the design.

After a million dollar restoration, the apartments are today mostly occupied by Marquette students and upwardly mobile professionals.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 2, 2008
Reference number
Architectural style
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Multiple dwelling
Current function
Multiple dwelling
Period of significance
Significant year

Update Log 

  • May 24, 2017: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • June 15, 2014: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status and Added Photos
  • October 1, 2010: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added GPS Coordinates

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