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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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  • This building is breathtaking. We spent a long time viewing at the details on the outside. They just don't build them like this anymore. The inside is beautiful. We loved exploring the floors. What lo...  read more »
  • We met here for a tour, and took the opportunity to go inside. Not being an expert of building styles, I can say that this is a unique building with a large center courtyard. (that in the past had 8 s...  read more »
  • This is a gorgeous building and one of the representations of German influence and architecture. I did not have an opportunity to enter, but was told by locals that it is as regal as the outside. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
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