December 17, 2004

Milwaukee landmarks.

I had to go to Milwaukee today:

I arrived at the appointed address -- 225 E. Michigan Avenue -- and discovered a beautiful building with a "National Register of Historic Places" plaque. This is the Mackie Building -- also called the Chamber of Commerce Building. It's a late Victorian style building, designed by Edward Townsend Mix, from 1879.

The sculpted facade is quite grand:

The lobby is elegant:

The three-story Grain Exchange Room is eye-popping:

Next to the Mackie Building is another National Register building by Edward Townsend Mix, the Mitchell Building. It's in the French Second Empire Style, from 1876, and has some pretty cool light fixtures:

As a break from all this grandeur, at street level, there's this homey eatery:

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