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One way to appreciate Milwaukee’s historical heritage is to view
the architectural treasures found throughout the area. Here are
some examples:
Milwaukee City Hall
(200 E. Wells St.)
The most symbolic building in the
downtown landscape, City Hall is one of
only a handful of buildings in the world
designed in the Flemish Renaissance
style. Of special note are the huge
granite arches supporting the 350-foot
bell tower, the ornately sculpted exterior
and an eight-story indoor atrium.
Milwaukee Art Museum
(700 N. Art Museum Dr.)
Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and dedicated
in 2001, the modern lakefront addition features a brise soleil,
which, when opened, soars like a bird over the addition below. A
second addition to the museum was completed in 2015.
Federal Building
(515 E. Wisconsin Ave.)
This grey granite castle is
an example of the
Richardsonian
Romanesque style popular
in the 1880s and 1890s. It
is noted for its carved
ornamental exterior, its
spacious atrium, and
“Courtroom 390,” which
was once called “the most
distinctive courtroom in
the United States.”
Germania Building
(152 W. Wells St.)
Built in 1896, this building housed Germania Publishing
Company, which produced German-language books,
newspapers and magazines. It has a distinct German character
and a profusion of Renaissance detail.
DeKoven Center
(600 21st St., Racine)
One of Racine’s most intriguing landmarks, the DeKoven Center
started as an Episcopalian college in 1851. It consists of eight
buildings built in English Gothic Revival design.
St. Josaphat Basilica
(2333 S. 6th St.)
This South Side church was built at the
turn of the century by Polish
immigrants and local craftsmen.
Parishioners spent $20,000 to buy
500 railroad carloads of marble,
limestone, granite columns, finished
metal and woodwork from the
demolished Chicago courthouse and
post office. They then fashioned the
materials into a truly magnificent
church.
Third Ward Warehouses
The Great Milwaukee Fire of 1892 decimated the city’s Third
Ward. Developers quickly rebuilt the area, giving it a rare
architectural cohesion. Listed in the National Register of Historic
Places as having the largest collection of turn-of-the-century
warehouses in the nation, the Third Ward’s buildings house art
galleries, boutiques, offices, apartments, condominiums and
restaurants.
Frank Lloyd Wright
The influence of Wisconsin
architect Frank Lloyd
Wright can be seen in the
many Prairie-style homes
scattered throughout
Milwaukee and in the SC
Johnson headquarters he
designed in Racine. The
Prairie-style homes feature low roofs that shelter the stucco or
brick buildings. The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church,
located in Wauwatosa, was Wright’s last major project. Wright
also designed two buildings in Racine – the SC Johnson
Administration Building and Wingspread, a Johnson family home
that is now used as a conference center.
Milwaukee
Architecture
The Calatrava Addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum
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