Mark Metcalf
Backstage with Mark Metcalf

The Mitchell & Mackie Buildings

Mark talks to Joshua Jeffers, a member of the ownership group managing the two buildings, historical landmarks commissioned by Alexander Mitchell. Photos by Benjamin Wick.

By - Mar 11th, 2013 01:19 am

Mark Metcalf, right, met with Mitchell Building ownership group representative Joshua Jeffers to discuss the building’s history. Photo credit Benjamin Wick.

In the early days of Milwaukee, one man, Alexander Mitchell, was the undisputed king of the city, becoming a banker, railway president, U.S. representative and eventually one of, if not the, wealthiest man in the state of Wisconsin. He’s left many legacies to the city, most famously his ornate mansion on Wisconsin Avenue – now home of the Wisconsin Club – but two of the greatest are hiding in plain sight downtown: the Mitchell Building and the Mackie Building, sister structures on the block of Michigan Avenue between Water and Broadway.

Mark Metcalf met with ownership group representative Joshua Jeffers, who took him and photographer Benjamin Wick on a tour of the twin buildings, exploring their history as key elements of 19th-century Milwaukee. We’ve broken their conversation into two segments, each with a photo gallery coinciding with that conversation.

Listen now:

[audio:|titles=Backstage with Mark Metcalf – Mackie & Mitchell Buildings, Part I] [audio:|titles=Backstage with Mark Metcalf – Mackie & Mitchell Buildings, Part II]

Backstage with Mark Metcalf,” a 2011 Milwaukee Press Club award-winner, is engineered and produced by Sahan Jayasuriya. The weekly series, focusing on many of Milwaukee’s behind-the-scenes personalities, alternates between short (10-15 min.) and long (25-30 min.) segments. For the full archive of these podcasts, check out TCD’s Podcasts page.

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