Milwaukee’s rich and storied architecture is just one of the many things that make the city so unique, as it lays the foundation for the city’s soul, revealing its past and shaping its future. Frank Lloyd Wright believed “the mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.” Landlords Tom Littman and Demitra Copoulos, both themselves artists and architects, would likely agree as they’ve spent much of their adult lives restoring and preserving the Historic Mitchell Street neighborhood of Milwaukee. One of the many buildings they’ve brought back to glory is the four-story brick building Jordan Anthony resides in (Tom and Demitra also occupy the top floor of the building in a breathtaking space they built and designed almost every inch of).
In addition to Jordan, Caressa and Birdie (both artists), and Drew (who works for Trek bikes), live in the loft, each with their own well-defined space and a bit of their personality reflected in the home– from rows of bikes to personal artwork. The four of them have a great rapport that lends itself to the comfort and ease of the house.
Jordan, a musician (formerly of The Championship), also tends bar at Blackbird and serves gastropub fare at Hinterland. As if that wasn’t enough, he’s finishing up his degree in Old World Archaeology with a focus on occult practices and mystery religions at UW-Milwaukee. His studies led him to traveling abroad this past summer to numerous cities in Italy and Turkey, and a month-long stint working on the Sangro Valley Project, in Abruzzo, Italy.
Though he’s only lived in the apartment for a year, he’s helped bring cohesion and a distinct style to the large space with his love of great design and midcentury modern furniture (his roommate Caressa is also a huge midcentury lover and design buff). When asked about the appeal of midcentury design, Jordan says “The lines, and the way the shapes of mid-century modern objects fill empty space provides an inherent orderliness to my often scattered lifestyle. Sometimes I just pause and look at a chair, or a plate, or what-have-you, and just smile. There is something very peaceful in good design.”
And what exactly is it that makes their home so great? “The expansive space of the apartment and its surrounding neighborhood which is situated in one of the more unique cultural/historic areas in Milwaukee,” Jordan shares. “Sometimes it feels like I’m in 3 countries at once! At times, the apartment doesn’t feel like it’s really mine. Past occupants — both commercial and residential — have left their mark in so many ways, perhaps I’m just the next in the line of succession, or something. I find myself continually reinventing the design of the space to suit the season or the personalities of the inhabitants. Change truly is the only constant here!”