West St. Paul Avenue Industrial Historic District

Generally bounded by the N & S sides of & 1101-2045 W. St. Paul Ave. including 272 to 405 N 12th & 324-422 N 15th Sts., Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Industrial area in the Menomonee River Valley, separated from downtown by I-94


Looking West Along St. Paul Avenue

The building on the left is identified as 1101 W. St. Paul Avenue, the easternmost building in the district.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning June 2018



Street View 


Listed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 12, 2018.

The Menomonee River Valley has been a center of industry since the 19th Century. Although broken up in the 1950s and 1960s by construction of I-94, many of the historical structures are still in place and being used. Many have changed uses, such as a small shop now serving as a gymnasium and a former heavy factory now serving as a brewery.

The subject district consists of older buildings, most repurposed over the decades. The district is bordered on the north by I-94 and the Menomonee River on the south, also divided by Canadian Pacific right-of-way with one subject building south of the tracks.

Update Log 

  • June 27, 2018: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • June 26, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and posted photos
  • April 9, 2018: Added by Michael Miller