Former Ald. Tony Zielinski’s Milwaukee mansion has an … eye-catching modern exterior, standing 40 feet tall among 1900-era Milwaukee bungalows.
Now, for the first time, the interior of the home can be seen by the public in a $2.1 million Zillow listing.
The extremely modern look of the home continues inside, which is mostly colorless: black marble floors and countertops, black doors and black trim are a consistent look throughout.
Some highlights we noticed:
Large lobby-like staircases with glass sides connect the three floors, as does an elevator.
But there’s also a spiral staircase that descends into a large gym, which leads to an outdoor patio.
The gym itself has weight lifting and cardio equipment — and a framed poster of Arnold Schwarzenegger on the wall to give some workout inspiration. He’s shown lifting weights with a quote that reads, in part, “This pain is not your curse; this pain is your privilege.”
It’s unclear whether the poster or exercise equipment is included.
There are at least three fireplaces: A mini one in the master bathroom, plus one in the open-plan dining room/kitchen and another in the home office — which has room for two desks and a seating area, plus a wall of built-in bookshelves equipped with an 8-foot-tall rolling ladder.
Though much of the house is glass, three bedrooms have … uniquely sized windows with custom blackout curtains.
The home is up for sale just over a year after it was completed.
In March 2017, according to property records, Zielinski and his wife, Annette, bought a 1921 two-story, five-bedroom colonial at the address for $330,000 and razed it shortly after.
Then they took out a $700,000 construction mortgage in 2018.
The new house was assessed at nearly $1.6 million in 2020, plus another $127,000 for land value.
Zielinski ran for mayor and lost at the beginning of 2020. He did not run for re-election for his 14th District aldermanic seat, which is now held by Ald. Marina Dimitrijevic.
It appears Zielinski still owns a duplex at 2463 S Superior St., about a mile north.
Mary Spicuzza of the Journal Sentinel contributed to this report.