Building Info

Wisconsin Gas Light Building, seen from atop the Pfister.
  • Address:
    626 E. Wisconsin Ave.
  • Taxkey:
  • Architect:
    Eschweiler & Eschweiler
  • Architectural Style:
    Art Deco
  • Status:
  • Assessment:
    $15,388,000 (2015)
  • Year Built:
  • Size:
    151,930 sq-ft

The Wisconsin Gas Building is a historic office building in Downtown Milwaukee. The building is sometimes referred to as the Milwaukee Gas Light Company Building. It is a well-known building for its weather flame on top, which signals the expected change in temperature tomorrow.

A common saying is used to understand what the flame is indicating…

When the flame is red, it’s warm weather ahead!
When the flame is gold, watch out for cold!
When the flame is blue, there’s no change in view!
When there’s a flickering flame, expect snow or rain!

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

This is an excellent example of the cubical architectural forms, ornamented with stylized, geometrical motifs popular in America during the 1920’s and 1930’s. The weather flame atop the Milwaukee Gas Light Company is visible for several miles after dark. For passersby on the street, the company has placed an identical flame in the lobby. A gold flame forecasts cold or cooler weather; read means hot or warmer; blue indicates no change; flashing forecasts precipitation.

The building features a 213-stall parking garage that was built in 2003.

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11664572016/01/05Permit
Plumbing-Addl Fee
11662402015/12/29Permit
Temporary Occupancy
11645602015/12/08Permit
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11638512015/12/01Permit
Fire Alarm-Alteration
11634542015/11/24Permit
Occupancy
11618342015/11/06Permit
Plumbing-New
11613122015/11/03Permit
Electrical-New
11610462015/10/30Permit
Low Voltage-New Install
11592672015/10/13Permit
Alteration
11588472015/10/08Permit
Repair
11563242015/09/15Permit
Fire Suppression r
115223112015/06/04Violation
~~WI REG #11978~~~~Conduct 5 year safety test~~~~ASME A17.1, Rule 8.11.3.4 Perform category five test as required by the State of Wisconsin. / 222-01 /SPS 318.1003 /~~WI REG #11979~~~~Conduct 5 year safety test~~~~ASME A17.1, Rule 8.11.3.4 Perform category five test as required by the State of Wisconsin. / 222-01 /SPS 318.1003 /~~WI REG #11980~~~~Conduct 5 year safety test~~~~ASME A17.1, Rule 8.11.3.4 Perform category five test as required by the State of Wisconsin. / 222-01 /SPS 318.1003 /~~WI REG #11981~~~~Conduct 5 year safety test~~~~ASME A17.1, Rule 8.11.3.4 Perform category five test as required by the State of Wisconsin. / 222-01 /SPS 318.1003 /
2230302015/04/25Recording Application
new recording application
2228672015/04/23Recording Application
new recording application
11413242015/04/10Permit
Boza Certificates
112972512015/01/29Violation
~~Provide a final air clearance of <.01 f/cc
112562812015/01/06Violation
~~Room m-4 East Wall~~~~Provide a performance test report for the rpp bfp
11290472014/11/18Permit
Asbestos Project
2103442014/04/17Recording Application
new recording application
11060892014/04/07Permit
Alteration
10989152014/01/20Permit
Fire Suppression r
10987672014/01/15Permit
Electrical-New
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