Hotel Indigo

Project Background

The Kleuter wholesale grocery warehouse aka “The Mautz Paint Building” (NRHP #88002022) was designed and built in the prairie style in 1915 by Alvan Small. In 2016, ICA began the process for the historic adaptive reuse of this vacant building. The building required extensive rehabilitation of the exteriors, significant historic concrete repair, and interior renovations.

Markets Served: Mixed-Use , Hospitality

Provided the documentation to list the building on the National Register of Historic Places

Reviewed compliance for the adaptive reuse and additions of the boutique hotel with the

WI SHPO and the Secretary of the Interior Standards for Rehabilitation

Managed the historic tax credit process and documentation requirements

Provided envelope analysis for appropriate thermal and structural needs while restoring the historic red-brick masonry mass wall at the primary facades and improvement of the common-brick non-primary facades

Intensive window survey to provide restoration of the first-floor steel windows, with replica window replacements at the upper stories

Seamlessly integrated all mechanical, electrical, technology, plumbing, and fire protection through the historic facility

Coordinated all disciplines


This project provided for the adaptive reuse of a warehouse building into a modern functioning hotel. Envelope evaluations determined the historic red brick mass wall could remain with an exposed interior allowing for a unique aesthetic for the hotel. The interiors of the hotel celebrated the unique concrete structural grid by engaging and disengaging with the primary corridor walls while closely collaborating with the hotel interiors group to provide unique branded solutions for this boutique hotel.

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Adaptive reuse of a historic warehouse into a modern functioning boutique hotel Envelope evaluation for thermal and structural capacity of a historic masonry mass wall Coordination of all Historic architectural services, listing the property, and tax credits 

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