Building History Detail
Milwaukee Public Library

A large three story Indiana Bedford limestone-clad building designed by Ferry & Clas in a Neo-Renaissance design during a competition among Milwaukee architects. The rotunda is a magnificent space with twelve columns and balustrades of old convent Sienna marble. Sculptor, Frank Steven executed the majority of floral carvings on the exterior of the building. The formal opening of the library took place on October 3, 1898.

Architect: Ferry and Clas

Year Built: 1898, Year Demolished: n/a

Address History:
800-814 Grand Ave (1898 - 1929)
800 W Wisconsin Ave (1930 - present)

WHS Historical Images
Milwaukee Sentinel, April 14, 1898
Milwaukee Sentinel, June 12, 1898
Milwaukee Sentinel, October 4, 1898
Milwaukee Sentinel, October 8, 1898
Milwaukee Journal, September 30, 1898

Wisconsin Historical Society AHI#: 16279

Record Update: 2009-01-27