The Mitchell Building was erected in 1876 for Banker Alexander Mitchell. It was home to the Marine National Bank from 1876-1930. Those cornices! Those dormers! Ooh-la-la! Can you blame me for falling in love?
That's just the side. Seriously. Dig the FRONT!
The Mitchell building is called Second Empire Style architecture and Even though the building looked dark I tried the door...and it was unlocked! Check out the digs inside:
The Mackie Building? Also commissioned by Mitchell, and it was also unlocked! But first bask in her fading beauty.
The inside is better cared for. The barber shop on the first floor was closed, but I thought it made a neat photo anyway.
Behind those doors? The Grain Exchange Room. In the late 1800's Milwaukee was the largest wheat exchange in the world. It was closed in the 1930's and divided into offices, but in 1979 Conrad Schmitt Studios restored the room back to its former glory on behalf of the current owner. Currently Bartolotta Catering uses the room for weddings and other events. I'll have to find out if there is any way to view it without being a guest.
And what do we see reflected in the front window of The Mackie? The Loyalty Building, but we'll save that for another day.