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Every Building Tells a Story

 
 
Every Building Tells a Story Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 5, 2010
1. Every Building Tells a Story Marker
Inscription.
The adjacent Mitchell and Mackie Buildings were commissioned by local tycoon, Alexander Mitchell. The Mitchell Building (16 above), one of America's finest examples of French Second Empire architecture, was built in 1876 on the site of pioneer Solomon Juneau's second house. The Italian Renaissance Mackie Building (15 above), completed in 1879, once housed the world's largest grain exchange.

The First National Bank Building at 735 N. Water St. (12 above) was designed by renowned architect Daniel Burnham. Built in 1914, the building's urns, pilasters, copper details and cornice give its top and bottom floors a classical appearance. The Iron Block Building (13 above) is the state's last building with a cast iron exterior. Built in 1861 in Venetian Renaissance style, it contains Milwaukee's oldest working elevator.

The Chase Tower (14 above) was Milwaukee's first major glass-curtain-wall skyscraper. Built in 1961, the International Style structure resembles the United Nations Building in New York City, perhaps because both were designed by architects Harrison & Abramovitz.

The ASQ Center (17 above) is a series of five buildings built for Gimbel's Department Store between 1902 and 1925. All four elevations exhibit a neoclassical style.
 
Erected by City of Milwaukee.
Every Building Tells a Story Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 5, 2010
2. Every Building Tells a Story Marker
Looking southeast toward Water Street

 
Location. 43° 2.308′ N, 87° 54.578′ W. Marker is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in Milwaukee County. Marker is at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and the east bank of the Milwaukee River, on the right when traveling east on Wisconsin Avenue. Touch for map. 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. The First Milwaukeeans (here, next to this marker); Wisconsin's Oldest Newspaper (within shouting distance of this marker); The First House on the East Side of Milwaukee (within shouting distance of this marker); Gertie (within shouting distance of this marker); Iron Block (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Milwaukee (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Milwaukee's Bridge War (about 300 feet away); Milwaukee's Miraculous Mallard (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Milwaukee.
 
Also see . . .  Milwaukee Landmarks. (Submitted on December 11, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Every Building Tells a Story Marker Location image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 5, 2010
3. Every Building Tells a Story Marker Location
Mackie (left background) & Mitchell Buildings image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 5, 2010
4. Mackie (left background) & Mitchell Buildings
First National Bank (Burnham) Building image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
5. First National Bank (Burnham) Building
Sconce on First National Bank Building image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
6. Sconce on First National Bank Building
Iron Block image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 5, 2010
7. Iron Block
Iron Block Tympanum Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 5, 2010
8. Iron Block Tympanum Detail
Chase Tower image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 5, 2010
9. Chase Tower
Marker at lower left front
Former Gimbel's Department Store image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 5, 2010
10. Former Gimbel's Department Store
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 11, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 513 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 11, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   5, 6. submitted on December 10, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on December 11, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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