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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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  • It was impressive from the outside. We walked there in cold 20's weather to find it to be offices inside, somewhat decorative. We didnt think it was worth the time to see the inside. We might have mis...  more »
  • This building is located in downtown Milwaukee (Center) and immediately gives the idea of anglo-American public building from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Impressive and very strict in style, conveys the idea of the story.
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  • Milwaukee downtown is amazing in general. One can walk and enjoy the architecture of the buildings, most of which are really beautiful. The City Hall is in perfect harmony with everything else - I mad...  more »
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  • 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.
  • The entire downtown Milwaukee area is a great walk. It is loaded with history, ambience, luxury, comfort and real style and beauty.
  • Went there for the vigil for the Orlando Shooting. It was great.
  • A great historical building to be in if you're not in trouble ;)
  • It is big and beautiful