Milwaukee in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
A.W. Rich Shoe Co.
Historic Third Ward
National Register of Historic Places
A.W. Rich Shoe Co.
Designed by Robert Messmer & Co.
Tour Site 63
Erected by Historic Third Ward Walking Tour. (Marker Number 63.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1900.
Location. 43° 1.958′ N, 87° 54.361′ W. Marker is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in Milwaukee County. Marker is at the intersection of East Chicago Street and North Milwaukee Street when traveling east on East Chicago Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 333 E Chicago St, Milwaukee WI 53202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Standard Bedding Co. (a few steps from this marker); Phoenix Knitting Co. Plant #4 (within shouting distance of this marker); Phoenix Knitting Plant #3 (within shouting distance of this marker); Phoenix Knitting Works (within shouting distance of this marker); Milwaukee Fire Dept. Engine Co. #10 American Candy Company (about 300 feet away); American Wholesale Grocery Company (about 300 feet away); O.R. Pieper Co. Grocers (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Milwaukee.
Regarding A.W. Rich Shoe Co.. In 1900, the architectural firm of Robert Messmer & Son designed a building for the A.W. Rich Shoe Company, famous for the "wigwam" slipper. Shoe manufacturing continued there until 1942. Between 1943 and 1962 two other manufacturers, including the Jack Winter Co., occupied the building. Hy Zeiger Co., wholesalers, bought the building in 1963 for warehousing and distributing promotional merchandise. The company remained at this location until February of 1998, when Eppstein Uhen Architects purchased the building. They undertook a major renovation that was dedicated to maintaining the building's historical details while incorporating modern amenities. The building serves as the firm's corporate headquarters.
- Historic Third Ward Walking Tour brochure
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 19, 2014, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 413 times since then and 18 times this year. Last updated on July 16, 2014, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 19, 2014, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.