Milwaukee City Hall

H. C. Koch and Company
1895




The 350 foot tower (from the south)

For several decades this was the tallest building in Milwaukee (surpassed in the 1970's by Firstar Center). Its architecture is based on guild halls in Holland and Belgium. It is a wedge-shaped building with this tower front (south) on Wells Street at only 56 feet whereas the north side is 105 feet. The top of the tower is a bell and clock tower although it has offices on the lower floors. Four large clock faces are set between small turrets with copper domes. The spire, topped by a cupola, is also made of riveted copper plates. (See detail--lower right.)
 

View from the northwest

This steel-frame building is clad with red brick and granite. Decorative stone work enhances the surface.
 



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