Building Info

Ring the Bell
  • Address: 200 E. Wells St.
  • Owner: City of Milwaukee
  • Architect: Henry C. Koch
  • Architectural Style: Flemish Renaissance Revival
  • Status: Completed
  • Assessment: Tax-Exempt
  • Tax Key: 3921261000
  • Year Built: 1895

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

The first City Hall on this site, the Market Hall of 1861, contained civic offices on the second floor and a busy farmers’ market in stalls on the ground story. Chief designer of the present building was Armand Koch, son of the well-known Milwaukee architect, Henry C. Koch. When he undertook the design of City Hall, the younger Koch had just returned from study in Europe, where he had particularly admired the civic buildings of Belgium, France, and the Netherlands. His plans for Milwaukee’s governmental building reflect the influence of these European examples. High above the street in the City Hall tower is a ten-ton bell which has not sounded since 1922, when complaints about its noise became too numerous. When the bell was cast, the following words were inscribed on it:
“When I sound the hour of day
From this grand and lofty steeple,
Deem it a reminder, pray
To be honest with the people.”

Activity

IDDateTypeDescription
11397762015/03/26Permit
Electrical-New
11363222015/02/14Permit
Plumbing-Alteration
11333752015/01/08Permit
Fire Suppression r
112367612014/12/13Violation
FIRE PREVENTION
~~Mount fire extinguishers properly
~~Service fire extinguisher(s)
~~Test monitored fire alarm system annually
~~Maintain fire safety and/or evacuation plan
~~Remove obstructions from fire exits
~~Fire doors must be closed at all times
~~2006 IFC 509.1 Remove obstructions from the area of the fire command center\.. / 214-3 /
INTERIOR
~~Attic
~~~~Replace missing cover plate on electrical switch
11304652014/12/04Permit
Plumbing-Repair
11296252014/11/24Permit
Fire Alarm-Alteration
7304882014/08/11New Service Request
REQUEST NOISE VARIANCE PERMIT FOR FRIENDS OF BRONZEVILLE - BRONZEVILLE ART WALK - AUGUST 9, 2014
7287172014/07/31New Service Request
REQUEST NOISE VARIANCE PERMIT FOR ALDERWOMAN MILELE COGGS - BRONZEVILLE - AUGUST 2, 2014
109838412014/07/22Violation
Permit requiredBasementInstall an approved backflow protection deviceProperly seal the open water connectionThird FloorInstall cross conn device at flushometer or faucetWith approved material repair the defectiveWith approved material repair the defectiveWith approved material repair the defective
7172312014/04/28New Service Request
Graffiti; THIS IS A TEST!!!!!!!
7169102014/04/24New Service Request
Graffiti; TEST
10983222014/01/10Permit
Repair
10983232014/01/10Permit
Repair
10835572013/08/16Permit
Electrical-New
6735852013/04/09New Service Request
REQUEST NOISE VARIANCE PERMIT FOR ROCK THE GREEN - SECOND ANNUAL EARTH DAY CELEBRATION - APRIL 19, 2013
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