Plans to convert a historic downtown Milwaukee building into a luxury hotel have been indefinitely delayed, with the property listed for sale.
An affiliate of Madison-based Ascendant Holdings Real Estate bought the former Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 790 N. Van Buren St., in 2017 for $3.5 million.
Ascendant planned to convert the three-story Masonic Center into the hotel’s lobby, restaurant and meeting rooms, with a 14-story addition atop the building’s southern end, stepped back from the street.
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That tower was designed for 215 to 220 guest rooms, with five to 10 guest rooms on the Masonic Center’s third floor.
Those plans were approved by the city Historic Preservation Commission, with Portland,