Photos from Your Vault: Basilica of St. Josephat
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Photos from Your Vault: Basilica of St. Josephat

The Basilica of St. Josaphat was built in 1901 and was designed by architect Erhard Brielmaier, and features one of the largest copper domes in the world. St. Josaphat’s congregation outgrew their original location and in 1896 Pastor Wilhelm Grutza commissioned Brielmaier to design a new building. The plans intentionally resembled St. Peter’s Basilica in … Continue reading

Photos from Your Vaults: St. Joan of Arc Chapel
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Photos from Your Vaults: St. Joan of Arc Chapel

What is the oldest standing structure in Milwaukee County? The Lowell Damon House? The Kilbourntown House? The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist? Would you believe it if we told you that the oldest standing structure in Milwaukee County predates these buildings by centuries? In fact, Milwaukee’s oldest building predates Christopher Columbus’s discovery of America … Continue reading

Photos from Your Vault: Wisconsin Gas Building
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Photos from Your Vault: Wisconsin Gas Building

The flame atop the Wisconsin Gas Building. The Wisconsin Gas Building, originally the Milwaukee Gas Light Building, was designed by architects Eschweiler & Eschweiler in a classic stepped Art Deco tower. Construction on the 250 foot-tall building was completed in 1930. Materials used include Cream City brick, copper panels, and terracotta designs. The building’s most … Continue reading

Photos from Your Vault: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
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Photos from Your Vault: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church is one of only two buildings in Milwaukee County designed by architect and Wisconsin native, Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright drafted plans for the congregation as early as 1956, but it did not see completion until 11 years later. The project was one of the Wright’s last and wad completed until after … Continue reading

Photos from Your Vaults: The Federal Building
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Photos from Your Vaults: The Federal Building

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 … Continue reading