Photos from the Vault

Photos from Your Vaults: The Federal Building

Federal Building - John Underhill

The steps of the U.S. Courthouse & Federal Office Building, flawlessly preserved throughout the building’s 120 year history.

Image courtesy of Facebook user John Underhill.

The Federal Building was constructed between 1892 and 1899, and has remained one of downtown Milwaukee’ most iconic historic structures. Originally serving the City as a Post Office, Courthouse and Custom House, the building was designed by Willoughby J. Edbrooke and was influenced by romanesque revival architecture.

The layout and structure of the U.S. Courthouse & Federal Office Building epitomized the mail-handing revolution the had occurred after the introduction of the postal stamp in 1847.

By 1859, Milwaukee’s old post office was deemed wholly inadequate to handle the booming town’s growing mail-needs. Congress was persuaded to fund a new, larger building in 1889 and construction began just three years later.

The size of the building was increased substantially when in 1932 a south wing was completed.

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