The East Side of Downtown has many historic and significant buildings.
map of the area
(Adobe Acrobat, .pdf format) to help you locate
buildings, and perhaps plan a walking tour. You can print it
and take it along.
Cream City Brick
Milwaukee is sometimes called the "Cream City." This isn't a
reference to the dairy industry, but rather to the color of the brick
used to build many early buildings. The particular type of clay found in
the area was heavily used in 1800s and early 1900s brickmaking.
The creamy color was in big demand, not only in Milwaukee but
around the midwest and beyond. Some Cream City brick buildings
are now a bit dirty, but many have been cleaned and some painted.
As you tour the city you'll see many of them.
The Blatz Brewery Residences is one.
For many years these decorative Harp Lights served as street lights
for the City of Milwaukee and some suburbs. Now almost extinct,
replicas (shown here, from AmeriLite) now dot various neighborhoods.
Some can be seen near the Milwaukee School of Engineering on Kilbourn
Avenue near Jefferson Street.
Historic Milwaukee Inc.
Historic Milwaukee Inc.
is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting interest
in Milwaukee buildings and the city's past. They offer guided
tours and sell a cassette audio tape for self-directed tours.
Colnik was chosen to do elaborate wrought iron work on many fine
Milwaukee homes and commercial buildings. For example,
see Villa Terrace.
Prospect Avenue was originally nicknamed Milwaukee's Gold Coast --
a reference to the many stately mansions
that once lined its lake front miles. Now it's a collection of
structures from many eras. See the following addresses (in
In the Press
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel newspaper has many interesting stories
about Milwaukee architecture. Look, particularly, for writings by
Whitney Gould. This Milwaukee Architecture site has been featured
in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
and also Milwaukee Magazine.
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Certain names keep appearing again and again as one studies Milwaukee
buildings. The buildings mentioned below are attributable either to
the firm shown or to a derivative organization.
Eschweiler & Eschweiler
1897 James K. Ilsley House
1901 Elizabeth Black Residence
1902 Milwaukee Gas Light Co. West Side Works
1905 Milwaukee-Downer College Buildings
1909 Charles Allis Art Museum
1912 Milwaukee County Grounds School Buildings (Wauwatosa)
1930 Wadhams Oil Co. Filling Station
1930 Wisconsin Gas Building
1930 Wisconsin Telephone Building
1931 Emanuel L. Philipp School
1937 Hotel Metro (John Mariner Building)
1946 MSOE Student Life & Campus Center
1950 Milwaukee Arena
Ferry & Clas
1887 Women's Club of Wisconsin Clubhouse
1888 E.D. Adler Residence
1890 Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion
1890 Forest Home Cemetery Chapel
1892 First Unitarian Church
1893 Steinmeyer Building
1897 Milwaukee Central Public Library
1898 Fred T. Goll Residence
1906 Northern Trust Bank
1906 Gustave G. Pabst Mansion
1907 Emil H. Ott Residence
1909 Cudahy Tower
1909 Milwaukee Theater (Auditorium)
1916 Old U.S. Coast Guard Station
1928 Tripoli Shrine Temple
1870 Calvary Presbyterian Church
1883 Turner Hall
1893 Pfister Hotel
1893 Roman Catholic Church of the Gesu
1895 Milwaukee City Hall
1901 Wells Building
Edward Townsend Mix
1860 Bowman Block & Bowman's Row
1860 Matthew Keenan Townhouse
1869 National Soldier's Home (Wood, WI)
1869 All Saints Episcopal Cathedral Complex
1873 Alexander Mitchell Mansion (alterations)
1867 St. James Episcopal Church
1874 Immanuel Presbyterian Church
1875 Dr. Henry Button House
1875 Robert Patrick Fitzgerald House
1876 Mitchell Building
1879 Grain Exchange Building (Mackie Building)
1883 Milwaukee Club
1884 St. Paul's Episcopal Church
1889 Wisconsin Consistory
Martin Tullgren (father) and Herbert Tullgren (son)
1920 Astor Hotel
1924 Shorecrest Hotel
1925 Watts Building
1927 Bertelson Building
1929 Water Street Parking Tower
1930 Armory Courts Building (Shorewood)
1930 Hathaway Tower
1931 Viking Apartments
1934 Northwestern Hanna Fuel Company Building
1936 Wisconsin Consistory
1937 Badger Mutual Insurance Co.
1938 1260 Apartment Building
Russell Barr Williamson
1922 Dr. Thomas Robinson Bours House
1922 Russell Barr Williamson House (Whitefish Bay)
1925 Eagles Club
1930 1609 North Prospect Apartments
Frank Lloyd Wright
1916 Frederick C. Bogk House
1916 Arthur L. Richards Houses
1917 Arthur L. Richards House (Shorewood)
1948 Albert Adelman House (Fox Point)
1956 Joseph Mollica House (Bayside)
1961 Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church (Wauwatosa)