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A major selling point to working and living in downtown Milwaukee is being so close to all sorts of amenities and attractions. The Wells Building is perfectly situated.  We’re close to places both our tenants and their employees find advantageous. Let’s look at what makes the Wells Building’s downtown Milwaukee location key to many people’s lifestyle.

What is walkability?

It’s not surprising that our downtown Milwaukee location scores high with Walk Score, a website that measures the walkability of any address. Walk Score analyzes a wide variety of factors to determine walkability rankings, including the availability of different kinds of amenities within a five minute walk. These rankings alse take into account pedestrian friendliness, population density, and road metrics (intersections and of block length). When it’s all calculated, the Wells Building has an amazing 99/100 walkability score! What’s the walkability of your current location? Check it out here.

Everything within walking distance

If you are looking to be close to Downtown Milwaukee action, the Wells Building offers the types of amenities that appeal to everyone. Consider the types of amenities located within a short walking distance from the Wells Building:

  • Dining & Drinks
  • Shopping
  • Culture & Entertainment
  • Parks
  • Schools
  • Errands
  • Public Service
  • Athletic Facilities

The Wells Building, at the corner of Wisconsin and Milwaukee Avenues, features one of the most vibrant locations for dining and shopping in Downtown Milwaukee. Heading east is the lakefront, featuring the beautiful Milwaukee Art Museum as well as Discovery World. And, just a couple blocks south is the Historic Third Ward, featuring the Milwaukee Public Market and many other restaurants, cafes, and shopping destinations.

As you can see, getting around Downtown Milwaukee is easy when you are in the Wells Building. Not satisfied with your current walkability score? Contact the Wells Building today to find out more about our leasing opportunities.


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What are a couple of blocks when discussing property values? Ask any realtor and they will tell you everything. And when it comes to quality office space, you’d be surprised at how a couple blocks are really worth.

The Third Ward is just a couple of short blocks away from the Wells Building, yet when you compare what you can get for your money at the Wells Building, you’ll quickly realize the value.

The Third Ward is Milwaukee’s premier destination neighborhood. With its mixed-use zoning, the Third Ward provides space for people to live, work, and play all within blocks of each other. Plenty of shops, boutiques, restaurants, cafes, and bars make working in the Third Ward attractive to businesses and their employees who are looking for more of an experience than just a commute to and from work.

There are some drawbacks. Third Ward square footage rates are among the highest in the Milwaukee area. While desirable, businesses have found they just cannot afford leases in the Third Ward.

The explosion of condos and apartments in the neighborhood have severely limited commercial leasing opportunities. In fact, some tenants are forced to move to a new location when their lease expires because the owners have decided to renovate office spaces into residential ones.

Situated on the corner of one downtown Milwaukee’s busiest corners, the intersection of Milwaukee St.. & Wisconsin Ave., the Wells Building can offer similar atmosphere as the Third Ward without the high lease cost.

Socially and culturally, the Wells Building is a gateway to the great restaurants and distinctive shops lining Milwaukee St. north of Wisconsin Ave.  If you are looking to take someone out on the town during the weekend, going to Milwaukee St. is the perfect destination.

Commercially, the Wells Building offers the same kind of office space people are looking for in the Third Ward. From open concept office space to the classic, repurposed warehouse, our development team takes designing your space to a whole new level. Our floorplans are larger than what you would find in the Third Ward, which means more flexibility for your needs.

Our amenities set us apart from many of the Third Ward’s commercial space. The Wells Building’s beautiful marble and brass lobby stands ready to welcome your clients and other business associates. We offer concierge service and state-of-the-art conference space that allows you to temporarily expand your office.

Did we mention free Wi-fi? It’s just another part of the value we bring to our tenants. Our technology allows for the wi-fi to permeate the entire building, meaning a good connection no matter where you are located. It’s built right into your rent. Not many locations offer this technology as part of your lease.

The Wells Building was conceived and built as an office building. It was never a warehouse or a factory. This means it was designed with business in mind. You won’t hear your neighbors walk across the floor above you. There are no wonky spaces limited by a lack of vision by the building’s construction. You will be truly working in an office space.

But, that doesn’t mean boring. When it comes to personalizing your space, Wells Building options are limitless. We want to make your space truly your own. Our professional architectural and interior design partners work with you to create a space that reflects your vision. We provides this service as just another way to demonstrate the value we are committed to providing. Finding that kind of value is nearly impossible to find.

Don’t get us wrong, we love the Third Ward and all that it offers. But what do you get when you walk a couple of blocks from there to the Wells Building? Value. Creativity. Efficiency.  Contact the Wells Building today to setup a tour of our available spaces.


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We love talking about how the Wells Building is one of the most connected buildings in Milwaukee. Through a partnership with our internet service provider, Ruckus Wireless, we are able to offer free Wi-Fi our tenants. Thanks to our downtown Milwaukee location, our tenants can take advantage of a wide array of internet providers to allow for some of the fastest and most reliable connections in town. Considering our building’s history, it’s no wonder we are so connected.


The Wells Building telecommunications history goes back more than a century. At the time of its construction in 1901, telegraph wires followed, or ran parallel to, railroad routes. By 1910, as telegraph wires eventually moved indoors, Western Union established its Milwaukee headquarters in the Wells Building. The company quickly installed cabling throughout the building for their telegraph service, creating the first communications hub in the city. This is very similar to the famous 60 Hudson Street building in New York City, also home to Western Union in it’s day.


From the beginning, telegraph wires complemented railroad lines. Over the years, the telegraph facilitated the advent of telephone lines, which in turn helped the rise of the Internet. Due to these established routes, telephone companies like Wisconsin Telephone Co., now owned by AT&T, established themselves close to the Wells Building to take advantage. This made the Wells Building part of the of the original communications hub of Milwaukee, a legacy that still stands today.


While Western Union moved out of the building in 1985, some of the old copper wire remains. Currently, the Wells Building acts as a carrier hotel to over 30 voice and data carriers, including AT&T, Time Warner, and Verizon, making it the most connected building in Wisconsin. Thousands of feet of fiber optic lines, network cabling, wiring and other equipment snake throughout the building, taking up nearly 25,000 square feet worth of space.


With the emphasis of providing cloud-based services, today’s businesses look for carrier hotels closest to the best connection. Most of these businesses are pleasantly surprised to find a classic building with such high speed bandwidth capabilities. Complimenting this is a newly renovated heating and cooling system able to handle the demands of modern data centers. With its commitment to customizing space to meet their tenant’s needs and as a communications hub, the Wells Building makes the perfect partner for your co-location needs.