Building History Detail
German English Academy

A three story stone and cream city brick building built for the German English Academy. The Academy began as a German language school and educated a large number of the German-American leaders in the city. The school changed its name to the Milwaukee University School in 1918 due to the anti-German feelings of World War I. When the University School sold the building in 1927 the building was used as a furniture store by Frank Klode. The buildings were sold six years later in 1933 to the Milwaukee School of Engineering as they continued to expand. In 1973 it was declared an official City of Milwaukee landmark and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places by 1977. The status did not hold much power and by 1981 MSOE was set to demolish the building after it had outlived its usefulness. An effort by Herb Zien, Elizabeth Levins and Congressman Henry Reuss led to a deal that saved and renovated the building into modern offices.

Architect: Crane and Barkhausen

Year Built: 1891, Year Demolished: n/a

Address History:
558 Broadway (1891 - 1929)
1020 N Broadway (1930 - present)

Downtown Milwaukee by Latus
Milwaukee Sentinel, June 1, 1890
Milwaukee Sentinel, March 15, 1891
Milwaukee Journal, July 11, 1933
Milwaukee Journal, February 6, 1983
UWM Milwaukee Neighborhoods Digital Collection

Wisconsin Historical Society AHI#: 16286

Record Update: 2014-08-14