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Building a Masterpiece: Milwaukee Art Museum. 2001.
An overview of the art museum’s collection, buildings and its Calatrava addition.
Built in Milwaukee: An Architectural View of the City by Landscape Research. 1983.
Architectural survey of many buildings, parks and bridges also includes brief biographical information of historic Milwaukee architects.
City of Steeples: An Inventory of Architecturally Significant Worship Structures in Milwaukee. 1996.
An overview of Milwaukee’s many noteworthy churches and synagogues.
The Grohmann Museum: At the Milwaukee School of Engineering. 2008.
Covers the transformation of the former Metropolitan Cadillac dealership into an art museum.
The Heritage Guidebook: Landmarks and Historical Sites in Southeastern Wisconsin, Historically and/or Architecturally Significant Buildings, Monuments, and Sites in Five Southeastern Wisconsin Counties by H. Russell Zimmermann.1989.
The reference source on 969 Milwaukee-area buildings.
Magnificent Milwaukee: Architectural Treasures, 1850-1920 by H. Russell Zimmermann. 1987.
Richly photographed book on historic homes and mansions.
Milwaukee Architecture: A Guide to Notable Buildings by Joseph J. Korom. 1995.
Guidebook to more than 150 buildings.
Milwaukee City Hall: The German Renaissance Revival Architectural Masterpiece. A Contemporary Photographic Essay by Eric Oxendorf. 2009.
Photographic essay commemorating the renovation of a Milwaukee landmark.
Milwaukee Landmarks by the City of Milwaukee Department of City Development. 1982.
Profiles 81 landmarks from City Hall to Wadhams Gas Station.
Milwaukee Landmarks by Richard W. E. Perrin.1979.
Informative source on many Milwaukee buildings.
Milwaukee’s Early Architecture by Megan E. Daniels. 2010.
Photos of local architecture from mid-1800s Victorian to 1930s Art Moderne.
Santiago Calatrava: Milwaukee Art Museum Quadracci Pavilion by Cheryl Kent. 2005.
Coffee table book with plans, drawings and photographs of Milwaukee’s stunning icon. Best design of 2001–TIME.
The Wonders Within: The Milwaukee Public Library by Mary Kamps. 1993.
An introductory booklet to the Milwaukee Public Library focusing on our Central Library flagship.
The Wisconsin Architectural Archives
The Wisconsin Architectural Archives has a collection of architectural plans and drawings by some local architects, especially Alexander C. Eschweiler. The resources are located in the Central Library’s Art, Music and Recreation Department.
Wisconsin Architecture & History Inventory
The Wisconsin Historical Society’s Wisconsin Architecture & History Inventory internet database provides information and 195,000 photographs on over 120,000 civic, commercial, cultural, industrial, religious and residential buildings in Wisconsin.
Doors Open Milwaukee Free History Talks
Centennial Hall - 733 N. Eighth St.
Saturday, September 24
No ticket required
10 a.m. - Indigenous Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) history professor Cary Miller will discuss the American Indian residents of the Milwaukee area from before European arrival to the present. Highlights will include discussion of pre-contact life ways, the fur trade, Potawatomi removal, urban relocation and reform actions of the 1960s.
12 noon - Latinos: Late Arrivals to Surging Minority
Attend a talk and slideshow presentation by UWM history professor Joe Rodriguez on the history of Latinos in Milwaukee, from immigrant tannery workers in the 1920s to today’s robust and growing Hispanic community.
2 p.m. - The Role of Marquette University in Milwaukee's Evolution
For much of Milwaukee’s history, Marquette University (MU) was not only Wisconsin’s largest Catholic university, but also this city’s largest institution of higher education. MU once sponsored the area’s only medical college and still houses the state’s only dental school. And for more than a century, hundreds of businesses and landlords have depended on MU students Join MU history professsor Thomas Jablonsky as he takes measure of this town and gown relationship.
4 p.m. - Encyclopedia of Milwaukee
Wouldn’t it be great if there were a single source where you could easily look up answers to all your basic questions about Milwaukee history and learn more about topics you did not know to ask about? UWM history and urban studies professors Amanda Seligman and Margo Anderson are planning a print and digital Encyclopedia of Milwaukee to help answer those questions. Hear Prof. Seligman tell us about this exciting project and ask your questions about it!