Iron Horse Hotel

The Iron Horse Hotel represents the transformation of a 100-year-old warehouse into a modern luxury hotel; an upscale boutique catering to both the motorcycle enthusiast and business traveler for a distinct Milwaukee experience. Designed to accommodate 100 loft-style rooms on five floors, Iron Horse blends the authentic, rough character of an historic industrial building with the amenities found in a modern hotel. In redeveloping this historic property into a hospitality space, one of the primary goals was to retain the industrial character of the building and to express its robust, authentic use of materials.


Milwaukee, WI


100,000 sf


Completed 2008

The existing heavy timber structure and interior Cream City brick walls were left exposed, and many original interior elements, such as rolling industrial elevator doors and machine components, have been retained as sculptural elements. Design work conformed to the Secretary of the Interior Standards and was approved by the National Park Service for the owner to obtain tax credits.