Every Building Tells a Story

© Photographed September 13, 2015
Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
43° 2.308′ N, 87° 54.578′ W

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.
The marker is located along Milwaukee's River Walk, and is accessible from eastbound East Wisconsin Avenue on the east bank of the Milwaukee River, at or near 7968 North Riverwalk Way, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202.

See also, The First Milwaukeeans, also at this location.

The marker is the left corner of this kiosk display.

 Looking east along East Wisconsin Avenue.

With the referenced Chase Tower to the right.

Nearby bridge decorated in memory of September 11.

 The marker is located along Milwaukee's River Walk.

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