Gorman and Company Inc. of Oregon, Wisconsin, has been awarded the Society’s 2014 Historic Restoration Award for the interior and exterior restoration of The Brewhouse Inn and Suites in downtown Milwaukee.
About the Restoration Award
The award goes to the best restoration work of a Wisconsin historic property that involves comprehensive work to restore a historic building, structure, object, or site.
About the Restoration Project
The project converted the vacant brewhouse, formerly the Pabst Blue Ribbon brewery, into a 90-room, extended stay hotel while maintaining the character of the original brewhouse. The restoration even retained and reused the original copper brew kettles, as seen pictured here.
The restoration was also a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified project for saving or reusing much of the building’s historic fabric. A prime example was making all of the headboards and tables in the suites from salvaged heavy timbers removed from the building during its rehabilitation.
A panel of judges from the Wisconsin Historical Society recommended Gorman and Company for the award, which the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Board of Curators approved at its June meeting.