Building Info

  • Address:
    225 E. Michigan St.
  • Taxkey:
  • Architect:
    Edward Townsend Mix
  • Architectural Style:
    Italianate
  • Status:
  • Assessment:
    $674,000 (2015)
  • Year Built:
  • Size:
    45,975 sq-ft

The Mackie Building is a historic office building in Downtown Milwaukee. The building is home to the well-known Grain Exchange Room. While formerly a commodities trading floor, the room is now an event space.

The building is owned by Joshua Jeffers, who is planning an apartment conversion for the upper floors.

The only office tenant as of May 2015 is the Daily Reporter.

From Guides to Historic Milwaukee: Juneautown Walking Tour by Mary Ellen Pagel and Virginia Palmer (1965)…

The words “Chamber of Commerce” carved above the entrance recall the purpose for which the eminent businessman Alexander Mitchell erected this building. In his day a major activity pursued in the Chamber of Commerce was the operation of the grain exchange where crops from Midwestern farms were bought and sold. Its octagonal grain pit was designed to permit traders to concentrate on their bidding without stepping on each other’s toes and is said to have been emulated in other American exchanges. When the Chamber of Commerce moved to new quarters, the two-story grain exchange was remodeled into offices. In the process, a mural, started to be the first painted for a local office building, was covered by a false ceiling. Its creator, John Conway, was also known in 19th -century Milwaukee for his portrait of Alexander Mitchell.

From the 1981 Landmarks Commission/Department of City Development report…

The Mackie Building (Chamber of Commerce Building) is an elaborate five and one-half story Victorian edifice. It was designed by Edward Townsend Mix and financed by Alexander Mitchell to serve as headquarters for Milwaukee’s Chamber of Commerce. The building was completed late in 1880 and was used for this purpose into the 1930s.

A contemporary document described the style of the building as “simple Italian.” The walls are granite, gray sandstone and limestone, and are richly ornamented. The main entrance, with a clock tower rising above it, is flanked by polished granite columns and embellished with sculptured images of the great seal of Wisconsin and the bull and bear of the trading pit. Except that a statue symbolizing “Commerce and Arts” has been removed from above the main entrance and the door modernized, the exterior of the building is essentially as it was in 1880.

The interior has been significantly altered. Gone is the sumptuous three-story Exchange Room, which contained the first trading pit ever constructed. The pit was designed by the Chamber’s secretary, William J. Langston, and was widely copied by other grain exchanges.

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IDDateTypeDescription
REF-17-000042017/07/19Permit
Refrigeration Permit.
HVAC-GEN-17-020232017/07/11Permit
HVAC General Permit.
COM-ALT-17-004972017/06/07Permit
Commercial Alteration Permit.
PLB-17-017642017/04/29Permit
Building Plumbing Permit.
ELEC-17-024162017/04/26Permit
Electrical Permit.
PWOP-17-003002017/03/28Permit
ROW Occupancy Permit.
PWEN-17-000992017/03/24Permit
ROW Excavation Non-Utility.
ENF-2017-077752017/03/23New Service Request
DNS Activity:Exterior Of Building In Disrepair| Illegal use of, "right of way." West side of 500 Broadway. entered address: 225 E MICHIGAN ST.
ELEV-17-000152017/01/21Permit
Elevator Permit.
ASBP-16-000282016/12/20Permit
Asbestos Project.
ELEV-16-000102016/11/11Permit
Elevator Permit.
11908252016/09/22Permit
Masonry Building Cleaning
11904782016/09/17Permit
Masonry Building Cleaning
122661212016/09/13Violation

~~Permit required. Cease all masonry cleaning activities until a valid permit is obtained. / 80-29.1 /
122645512016/09/10Violation

~~Permit Required. Cease all masonry cleaning activities until a valid permit is obtained. Permite may be obtained at 841 N Broadway Room 105. / 80-29.1 /
11838172016/07/08Permit
Fire Suppression
11811552016/06/21Permit
Plumbing-New
11797992016/05/28Permit
Occupancy
11762172016/04/22Permit
Fire Suppression r
11729862016/03/18Permit
Kitchen Exhaust Hoods
11729872016/03/18Permit
Cooling Rooftop Unit
11729882016/03/18Permit
Heating Rooftop Unit
11729892016/03/18Permit
Space or Room Heater
11729842016/03/18Permit
Distribution Sys(ductwork)
11729852016/03/18Permit
Air Conditioning
11726262016/03/16Permit
Fire Alarm-New Install
119813812016/03/08Violation
EXTERIOR
~~Correct exterior maintenance violations cited in the Facade Inspection Report submitted by Pierce Engineering dated 01-15-2016 and provide a second report by a professional when the required work is completed. .. / MCO 275-32-13-i-2 /
11706332016/03/02Permit
Plumbing-New
11702002016/02/16Permit
Electrical-New
11702012016/02/16Permit
Low Voltage-New Install
11580812015/10/02Permit
Asbestos Project
11547582015/08/25Permit
Alteration
115385712015/06/13Violation
EXTERIOR
~~Protect all wood surfaces with paint or other approved coating (surfaces must be properly prepared and coating applied in a workmanlike manner). Boarded Windows to be painted. / 275-32-3-a /
114920012015/05/15Violation
~~Submit facade critical exam report
113120012015/02/07Violation
EXTERIOR
~~Below grade structure must be structurally sound
2181942014/12/03Recording Application
new recording application
111601412014/10/29Violation
~~FIRST FLOOR NW CORNER~~~~Provide a performance test report for the rpp bfp
107529112014/03/26Violation
EXTERIOR
      Below grade structure must be structurally sound
107477812014/03/25Violation
Permit requiredBasementRepair or replace the defective gas distri pipingProperly support the gas distribution piping
107305712014/03/17Violation
EXTERIOR
      General
            Below grade structure must be structurally sound
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