Remembering Downer’s Chancellery, preview of the building’s next life

This week on Urban Spelunking, we’re taking a trip to Downer Avenue to revisit the former home of the Chancery restaurant.

The beloved Milwaukee restaurant closed in 2007, but many still remember its location at 2577 N. Downer Ave. as “the chancellery building” as it had welcomed the countess’s clients since its opening in 1986.

Photo credit: Bobby Tanzilo/OnMilwaukee.

The building itself, now owned by Bridge33 Capital, has undergone renovations over the past few years, including a conversion of the upper floor into apartments. Meanwhile, landlords are focusing on the first level and “working to refresh retail spaces along the sidewalk to attract tenants,” Bobby Tanzilo writes in his OnMilwaukee story.

In this episode, we discuss future plans for the continued renovation of the building – including the approved plan for its facade – the previous neighborhood businesses that occupied it, and the rest of the neighborhood surrounding the 1936 building.

Listen below and be sure to visit OnMilwaukee for more history and photos.

Photo credit: Bobby Tanzilo/OnMilwaukee.

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