Ludwig Teweles founded the Teweles Seed Company in 1865. At the time the Teweles building we know today was sold, four generations of the family had run the second largest forage seed company in North America.
In 1918, the 12-story reinforced concrete building was built to be Teweles’ warehouse and production plant where they produced quality seeds such as the Badger, Buffalo, and Elk Brands. These brand stamps along with many other historic markings can still be seen on the concrete pillars and beams throughout the building.
At one time, the building was the tallest structure on the south side of Milwaukee. It has adorned the city skyline since that time with it’s iconic rooftop “Teweles Seed Co.” sign. In addition, on the west side of the building the “Teweles” name was immortalized vertically in the brick façade.
And Teweles Now!
With the help of Simpson Housing Solutions and US Bank, CommonBond acquired the financing required to complete the $18.5 million dollar renovation, which has created the Teweles Seed Tower Apartments. Today this community consists of 115 uniquely designed “Loft Style” apartments and is one of the most popular places to call home in Milwaukee’s historic Fifth Ward. Having added two stories to the top of the building, a roof -top deck, theatre, fitness center, and much more, Teweles Seed Tower is once again shaping to future of the community around it.
Click Here to view a paper on the seed industry written by L. William Teweles.
Click Here to view an original Plant Variety Protection Certificate Application from Teweles in 1970.
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