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Milwaukee City Hall, Milwaukee

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The Milwaukee City Hall is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States. It was finished in 1895, at which time it was the tallest habitable building in the United States. The city hall's bell tower, at 353 feet (108 m), also made it the second tallest structure in the nation, behind the Washington Monument. The Hall was Milwaukee's tallest building until completion of the First Wisconsin Center in 1973.DesignMilwaukee City Hall was designed by architect Henry C. Koch in the Flemish Renaissance Revival style, based on both German precedent (for example, the Hamburg Rathaus or city hall), and local examples (the Pabst Building, demolished in 1981). Due to Milwaukee's historic German immigrant population, many of the surrounding buildings mirror this design. The foundation consists of 2,584 white pine pilers which were driven in to the marshy land surrounding the Milwaukee River. The upper part of the tower was rebuilt after a fire in October 1929.The bell in City Hall was named after Solomon Juneau, Milwaukee's first mayor. It was designed and crafted by the Campbells, who were early pioneers in creating diving chambers and suits near the Great Lakes area during that time.
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  • July 21, 2017
    We were lucky enough to see a window advertisement for a historic walking tour of downtown Milwaukee and the RiverWalk. This was one of many interesting sites along the way!  more »
  • June 21, 2017
    This was once the tallest city halls in the US! It is beautifully structured outside and in. The exterior was just renovated and looks fantastic! The inside is pretty suite too. The floors are circula...  more »
  • June 20, 2017
    It is a beautiful building, almost opposite the Pabst Theatre, it draws attention to the height of its Tower, far superior to the other buildings of the same era.
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  • July 4, 2017
    The home of the idiots that run this place!
  • February 4, 2016
    If touring Milwaukee, a stop at the city hall is worth the trip. The building was completed in 1895 and at the time was the second tallest structure in the U.S. (only the Washington Monument was taller). The architecture was considered extremely advanced at the time as the building is triangular in shape. The bell tower has been used as a symbol for Milwaukee for decades. There are stories that there was an underground tunnel that led to several other buildings including an after hours ‘house of entertainment’. There are many tunnels under the city (including under city hall) whether these led to the rumored places has not been confirmed.
  • July 26, 2016
    The entire downtown Milwaukee area is a great walk. It is loaded with history, ambience, luxury, comfort and real style and beauty.
  • June 16, 2016
    Went there for the vigil for the Orlando Shooting. It was great.
  • March 19, 2017
    Huge weekend Volleyball Tournament

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Staying in the city center puts you right in the heart of the activity, and means you can take advantage of all the things to do in Milwaukee’s walkable downtown area. Options here include big chain hotels as well as quirky inns. Party animals should sacrifice some sleep to stay close to Milwaukee’s lively bar scene, centered around Water Street. Those who want a little more rest should consider a scenic resort in the greater Milwaukee area; many of these are within easy driving distance of the main attractions.
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