Building Info

Mitchell Building.
  • Address:
    207 E. Michigan St.
  • Taxkey:
  • Architect:
    Edward Townsend Mix
  • Architectural Style:
    Second Empire
  • Status:
  • Assessment:
    $1,324,000 (2015)
  • Year Built:
  • Size:
    42,600 sq-ft

The Mitchell Building is a historic building in downtown Milwaukee. It is one of the anchors of the East Side Commercial Historic District, along with the adjacent Mackie Building (both designed by Edward Townsend Mix).

The building was acquired in January 2011 by Joshua Jeffers. Jeffers undertook a restoration project that was led by Contimuum Architects.

The building is home to the Milwaukee office of Laughlin Constable and the headquarters of Historic Milwaukee, Inc.

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

In 1840 two canny Scots, George Smith and Alexander Mitchell, founded the Wisconsin Marine and Fire Insurance Company. Although Wisconsin’s territorial legislature expressly prohibited the issuing of black charters, these men succeeded in chartering an insurance company which actually performed much-needed banking functions. It was not until 1852, with the passage of the Free Banking Act, that the firm received official sanction as a bank. In 1875 Mitchell asked Edward Townsend Mix to design new quarters for the organization. Mix chose to employ a bold, flamboyant style made popular in mid-19th-century France and characterized by profuse decorative detail, projecting pavilions, and mansard roofs. By this date Mix had established himself as a leading light on the Milwaukee architectural scene with such buildings as the National Soldiers’ Home, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, St. James Episcopal and Immanuel Presbyterian churches, Mitchell’s residence (now the Wisconsin Club), and the Matthew Keenen house (No. 26). Because the Mitchell Building was among the tallest in Milwaukee in those years, the observatory of the United States Signal Service, predecessor of the U.S. Weather Bureau, was located on the top floor.

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Activity

IDDateTypeDescription
ASBP-16-000132016/11/11Permit
Asbestos Project.
8137822016/09/15New Service Request
TEMP NOISE VARIANCE REQUESTED FOR DOORS OPEN MKE BLOCK PARTY. SATURDAY & SUNDAY, SEPT. 17TH & 18TH 10AM-5PM
11854962016/07/27Permit
Plumbing-Repair
120623212016/04/28Violation

~~Schedule appt for safety insp & renew certificate
120623012016/04/28Violation

~~Schedule appt for safety insp & renew certificate
120206512016/04/02Violation
FIRE PREVENTION
~~Obtain occupancy certificate
7914462016/03/23New Service Request
The 4th floor(north) is occupied without an occupancy permit. Illegal occupancy.
119030512016/01/16Violation
EXTERIOR
~~UNSAFE CONDITIONS. The general welfare of the residents of the city requires that the exterior of structures, whether vacant or occupied, shall be kept in a good state of repair and maintained by the owner or operator in such a way as to protect the safety, health and welfare of the occupants and public and to prevent the blighting of city neighborhoods. {B} Area of concern: deteriorated falling debris. Provide temporary safeguards and/or netting to prevent further debris from falling. .. / MCO 275-32-1 /
~~When in the judgment of the commissioner a building or structure or part thereof is extremely unsafe and in danger of structural failure or collapse, or the property is unsafe to the public or users of the property the commissioner may order the owner or agent to immediately provide temporary safeguards, for the protection of the general public and upon installation of such safeguards, may permit the occupancy or use of the building, structure or property to continue or resume on a limited basis as directed by the commissioner. If the owner fails, neglects or cannot provide such temporary safeguards, the commissioner may, with the aid of any available public agency, provide the necessary safeguards and charge the cost thereof against the real estate upon which such building or structure or dangerous condition is located, and if that cost is so charg
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114311412015/04/16Violation
EXTERIOR
~~South Side
~~~~Repair or replace defective cornice
~~~~Repair or replace defective rain gutters
~~~~Replace and properly install missing rain gutters
~~~~Properly discharge rainwater from gutter system
~~~~Replace defective bricks or blocks exterior wall
~~~~Repair/replace defective metal trim exterior wall
114219712015/04/11Violation
~~Submit facade critical exam report
7549252015/04/11New Service Request
Pieces of facade are falling onto and through the neighboring property at 532-33 N Water St. Jagged pieces of rock are quarter to golf ball sized and falling from such a height that it is puncturing the roof of the adjacent property and damaging parked cars.
7549272015/04/11New Service Request
Peices of concerte facade falling from the south side of the building to the ajacent building, and lower parking area.
11408832015/04/07Permit
Asbestos Project
11407892015/04/03Permit
Low Voltage-New Install
11406832015/04/03Permit
Distribution Sys(ductwork)
11406842015/04/03Permit
Boiler-New
11406822015/04/03Permit
Air Conditioning
11382032015/03/06Permit
Electrical-New Occupancy
11373102015/02/25Permit
Plumbing-Repair
11367112015/02/18Permit
Alteration
112685112015/01/13Violation
~~WI REG #8482~~~~Provide car emergency operation and signalling~~~~Properly maintain emergency in-car telephone
11255722014/10/23Permit
Alteration
98091712012/10/22Violation
Schedule appt for safety insp & renew certificate
98091812012/10/22Violation
Schedule appt for safety insp & renew certificate
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