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Architectural Gems on the Riverfront

 
 
Architectural Gems on the Riverfront Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 5, 2010
1. Architectural Gems on the Riverfront Marker
Inscription.
The Milwaukee County Historical Society (5 above) was built in 1913 to house the Second Ward Savings Bank. The triangular Beaux Arts limestone building is notable for its arched windows, Ionic columns and carved decorations.

Milwaukee City Hall (6 above), a Flemish Renaissance landmark, was inspired by the German city halls of an earlier era. The wedge-shaped building's 350-foot tower made it the third tallest building in America upon completion in 1895.

The Pabst Theater (7 above) was built in German Renaissance Revival style to resemble City Hall. It was financed by famed beer baron Capt. Frederick Pabst and was also completed in 1895. Marlene Dietrich, Alan Alda and the Backstreet Boys have all performed there.

The Cawker Building (9 above) was built in 1897. Originally designed as an office building, the terra cotta-trimmed neoclassical structure's conversion to condos in the early 1990s anticipated other downtown residential development projects.

The Milwaukee Repertory Powerhouse Theater (8 above) was built in 1898 as the Oneida Street Power Station for The Milwaukee Electric Railway & Light Co. The first successful experiments that used pulverized coal (rather than the lump variety) to drive turbines were conducted there. The practice quickly became a world standard.
 
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Architectural Gems on the Riverfront Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 5, 2010
2. Architectural Gems on the Riverfront Marker
Looking east along Mason Street
City of Milwaukee.
 
Location. 43° 2.389′ N, 87° 54.609′ W. Marker is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in Milwaukee County. Click for map. Marker is along the RiverWalk, about 100 feet west of the intersection of Mason and Front Streets, and about 25 feet east of the "Round Ring" sculpture. Marker is in this post office area: Milwaukee WI 53202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Nearly a Century of Planning (here, next to this marker); Milwaukee's Bridge War (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Milwaukee's Miraculous Mallard (about 300 feet away); The First House on the East Side of Milwaukee (about 300 feet away); Gertie (about 400 feet away); Wisconsin's Oldest Newspaper (about 400 feet away); Pabst Theater (about 400 feet away); Milwaukee News Bldg. & Milwaukee Abstract Assn. Bldg. (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Milwaukee.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .  Milwaukee Landmarks. (Submitted on December 10, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Pabst Theater image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 5, 2010
3. Pabst Theater
Milwaukee City Hall image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 5, 2010
4. Milwaukee City Hall
Oneida Street Station image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 5, 2010
5. Oneida Street Station
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 459 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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