Matthew Keenan Building
777 N. Jefferson St.
Matthew Keenan, prominent Milwaukee businessman and politician, built this luxurious two-family home in 1860. Kitchens in the dwelling were located in the basement (a common practice in those days), parlors and dining rooms on the first floor. Bedrooms on the second story were heated by great marble fireplaces, still in place. A ballroom is said to have been on the third floor. Called “a model of elegance and comfort” in 1860, the double house has served a variety of functions since then, among them use as a detention home and as a little theater playhouse. Its current tenants are shops and offices.
SOURCE: Urban Milwaukee
The property has a unique history. It was heavily damaged in the mid-1980’s and was rebuilt. The only original items remaining are the front façade and the side walls of the building. Current tenants include The Sofie, Althea’s, SB Design & Showroom and Dunk Law Firm.