Milwaukee in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Automatic Temperature Control System
Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark
Warren S. Johnson (1847-1911) built and patented the first multi-zone temperature control system that could be economically manufactured, installed and maintained. The Johnson Controls pneumatic temperature control system, represented by artifacts on display in this building, became the standard for commercial and public buildings throughout North America and helped launch the modern building controls industry.
Erected 2008 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features.
Location. 43° 2.25′ N, 87° 54.296′ W. Marker is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in Milwaukee County. Marker is at the intersection of Michigan Street (U.S. 18) and Jefferson Street, on the right when traveling east on Michigan Street. Marker is on the Johnson Controls Building Efficiency Headquarters building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 507 East Michigan Street, Milwaukee WI 53201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Federal Building - U.S. Courthouse (about 400 feet away, Historic Milwaukee (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Historic Milwaukee (about 600 feet away); Northwestern National Insurance Company (about 600 feet away); Blessed Virgin of Pompeii Church (about 800 feet away); a different marker also named Historic Milwaukee (approx. 0.2 miles away); Otto Kuehn Leaf Tobacco Warehouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); O.C. Hansen Glove and Mitten Mfg. Co. (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Milwaukee.
Also see . . .
1. History of Johnson Controls. (Submitted on December 2, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Johnson Controls. (Submitted on December 2, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
1. Lobby Display
During business hours, you can enter the lobby to view a display of artifacts associated with Warren Johnson's automatic temperate control system. You will not need to sign in, since the display is outside of their security area. The display is very attractive and informative.
— Submitted July 21, 2019, by Thomas Fehring of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 23, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 2, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 596 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 2, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.