Friday, June 06, 2008

S.G. Courteen Seed Corporation Warehouse

If you've ever driven south from the river down 2nd Street, you've seen this monstrous mountain of a building, its wedge-shaped form cutting an 11-story slice into the sky.

S.G. Courteen Seed Corp. Warehouse

Like a heavy-duty iteration of New York City's Flatiron Building, the knife-edge end of the Courteen building seems to lead a parade of industrial architecture up from the 5th Ward.

S.G. Courteen Seed Corp. Warehouse

In fact, the narrow end is the back side of the building. The front faces south, on Pittsburgh Avenue, and is rather tame by comparison.

S.G. Courteen Seed Corp. Warehouse

The building's original owner went out of business in the 1960s. Not much seems to have been done with the property since then, but a lack of boards and broken windows indicates some form of use and occupancy. Its owner proposed a residential redevelopment in 2006 (see article linked below), but to date only minimal work on the building is visible, mostly along the roofline. Delays in commercial development are extremely common, however, especially in the financing stage; it could still be coming. Hopefully it won't involve chopping up those amazingly huge Cream City brick walls.

S.G. Courteen Seed Corp. Warehouse
  • Aerial view from
  • After 40 years, Thatcher plans $40 million project - February 2006 Business Journal article
  • 1 comment:

    Anonymous said...

    WOW! this site is amazing. milwaukee has so many good buildings! i have a similiar site i would love it if you checked it out.
    its the saem style, profiling perth, western australia architecture.