Cream City Construction was selected from HOUZZ.com for Best Design and Best Service Award [Click here to View]
The City of Milwaukee and Historic Milwaukee Incorporated is designated as a preferred Design| Build Contractor for historic homes. [Click Here to view]
Cream City Construction's office was awarded the Cream of Cream City Award:
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CREAM OF THE CREAM CITY AWARD FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION
Pabst Coach House3112 W. Highland Boulevard Cream City PropertiesAdaptive Reuse
Once the gracious mansion of the leader of the largest brewery in America, the Fred Pabst, Jr. residence has long been a visual landmark on Highland Boulevard. Pabst’s love of horses is reflected in the prominent coach house situated behind the mansion. One of the largest in Milwaukee, the coach house is built of sturdy cream brick and embellished with architectural details that complement the main house such as corner quoins, modillions, lintels with keystones and arched windows. The ground floor was used for stabling horses and storing carriages. The upper story housed the coachmen and household staff. Subsequent decades saw the house transformed from mansion to rooming house to offices. The coach house underwent conversion to a garage and dog kennel and was basically left to deteriorate. Cream City Properties LLC purchased the property in 2001. Quorum Architects took up headquarters in the mansion while the coach house was renovated for the offices of Cream City Construction. In their adaptive reuse of the coach house, Cream City Construction preserved the exterior of the building while utilizing the remaining interior elements of the old coach house to guide the conversion. Paint was removed from the walls to reveal the cream colored brick. Blackened ceilings were cleaned of 100 years of accumulated dirt to reveal original tongue and groove, quarter-sawn oak boards. The original scored concrete floor was cleaned in the corridor area. The only two remaining iron bollards were retained and reused. The original porcelain basin used by carriage drivers to wash their boots was cleaned and installed in the new bathroom. An existing glass cabinet door was reworked into an interior window to allow for borrowed light from adjacent space. A door removed from the center hall was refinished and now serves as the top of a conference table. New work was inspired by existing materials that were salvaged from the building. Three new panel doors were installed surrounded by original pine wallboards. Office dividers were created to resemble horse stalls with cross-buck bracing, chamfered posts and balustrades topped with ball finials. The semi-open floor plan makes use of new technology as well with exposed ductwork and contemporary light fixtures. Cream City Properties, LLC is to be congratulated for taking a building whose use had become obsolete and transforming it into a inviting, attractive and functional space for their construction business.
SATURDAY, MAY 19TH | 11 AM - 4 PM SUNDAY, MAY 20TH | 11AM - 4PM WE HAVE TWO BEAUTIFUL HOMES ON THE TOUR! (Click on photos to see each project and click on NARI logo for ticket information) We hope to see you at the event!
2016 Wisconsin Remodeler Awards:
Master Bathroom Renovation: GOLD AWARD [Click on Photo]
Historic Kitchen Renovation: GOLD AWARD [Click on Photo]