Old World Third Street Historic District

N. Old World Third St., W. Highland Ave., and W. State St., Milwaukee, Wisconsin

One block of historic building and historic businesses, including Mader's Restaurant and Usinger's Sausage.


Loking North

Looking North from the intersection of Old World 3rd Street and State Street. To the right of the camera position is the Milwaukee River and the State Street Bascule Bridge as shown on our sister site, bridgehunter.com. It is said to be the first bascule bridge in Milwaukee, some say it is the first bascule bridge anywhere.

Note the distinctive Harp Luminaiŕe streetlight, ubiquitous in Milwaukee.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning



National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 19, 1987
Reference number
Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Classical Revival; Victorian
Areas of significance
Commerce; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Meeting hall; Restaurant; Manufacturing facility; Specialty store
Current functions
Specialty store; Manufacturing facility; Restaurant
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899; 1850-1874
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 15
Non-contributing buildings: 4

Update Log 

  • July 7, 2011: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status

Related landmarks 

  • Emil H. Ott Residence (Parent district) - Location of Steinmeyer's Grocery, of which Mr. Ott was president