Originally modern. Attention to detail on and around every corner.

historical preservation

Ferry Clas

Preserved and Restored by Milwaukeeans; Juli Kaufmann, Patrick R. Jones, and Andy Braatz

Saved from the wrecking ball in 1985 by the City of the Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission, this 1898 English Renaissance Revival Style gem by noted architects Ferry and Clas sat underutilized, then abandoned altogether when brought to the attention of the new owners. Encouraged by what they saw working on the building for previous clients, the three combined their complementary skill sets to create Dubbel Dutch.

Juli Kaufmann of Fix Development, Patrick R. Jones of Ramsey Jones Architects, and Andy Braatz of Braatz Building meshed their expertise in development, architecture, and construction to test the viability of turning the vacant double mansion into a historic boutique hotel. Having worked together on several previous projects, the initially daunting undertaking eventually coalesced into the hotel we now see.

Through a painstaking attention to detail, driven by a belief in the sustainable redevelopment of an existing structure, the Owners pursued listing with the State of Wisconsin Historic Registry and the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places. Despite years of use as a single room occupancy, small business offices, and eventual neglect, the building maintained good bones and sufficient architectural detail to merit the listing pursuit and the faithful execution of rehabilitation.

Cued by the prominence of Flemish-style shaped gables crowned with finials on this double house, an architectural detail prevalent in Milwaukee design of the era, combined with the Flemish-Dutch spelling of the word ‘double’, the owners pay homage to the home’s history and architecture by naming their new hotel, Dubbel Dutch. 

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Make your own memories in this historic house turned hotelArchitecturally complete. Down to the last finish.

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Modern furniture
paired with the craft of yesteryear

Each guestroom and all common areas offer a variety of playful and refined layouts with custom-built modern furniture positioned against 19th century architectural details and finishes. Every space sends a curated and comforting message to each guest. Relying on clean lines and unadorned forms that contrast with the ornate architecture, Dubbel Dutch is the rebirth of a Milwaukee classic.


Ferry Clas

historical preservation

From dramatic gables to restrained 19th century design. Conceived and executed by Milwaukee architecture stalwarts, Ferry and Clas

Built in 1898, Dubbel Dutch has resided on Marshall Street in downtown Milwaukee for more than 120 years. Originally built and utilized as a double house for two families who were siblings (two brothers lived on the South side of the house and their sister, her husband, and two sons lived on the North side of the house), every detail in the house has a careful fraternal symmetry to it. From hand-spun balusters on the staircase to intricate brass door knobs, the detail of each square inch was deliberately gathered and strategically executed for this mansion to intrigue guests for hundreds of years.

The architects behind the once private residence were no other than George Bowman Ferry and Alfred C. Clas. Milwaukee legends, these men were among the state’s first academically trained architects. Their work spans across the city, from the Milwaukee Public Central Library to the Pabst Mansion to many of the homes in the East Side neighborhood. Through Ferry and Clas, Dubbel Dutch bridges the historic with the contemporary.

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