Dave Reid
Best of Doors Open

Inside the Mackie Building

Our photos take you inside the 1879 structure, the former Grain Exchange, and one of the city's most historic and beautiful buildings.

By - Oct 21st, 2014 11:15 am
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Our photos take you inside the 1879 structure, the former Grain Exchange, and one of the city's most historic and beautiful buildings. Back to the full article.

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3 thoughts on “Best of Doors Open: Inside the Mackie Building”

  1. Dudemeister says:

    My mother worked in this building for many years as a secretary of a forestery company. The offices were kind of cramped, as I recall, though the grain exchange and lobby were pretty.

    I was told they used to actually have horse-drawn carts loaded with grain pull through the lobby, while investors in the grain exchange would look through a hole in the second floor and bid on the grain.

  2. FrauMilwaukee says:

    When I moved to Milwaukee 18 yrs ago for a new job, I was thrilled to work in this beautiful building. Knowing no one in town, the Swingin’ Door, under the ownership of Mike Murphy, became my social network. I will always remember this place just as my German immigrant parents remember the Prudential Building on Michigan and Randolph in Chicago being the tallest building in Chicago when they arrived in 1960.

  3. John says:

    Disappointed to see 14 of the 15 photos featuring the brilliantly restored Grain Exchange Room. I would have liked to see photos of the rest of the building, close-ups of the exterior features and even parts of the building that have deteriorated and thereby give meaning to the article writer’s brief mention of the ‘need for reinvestment’. On the basis of the 15 or so pictures provided, the building doesn’t look like it needs any reinvestment. Views of some of its probably more downtrodden interiors would have helped tell that story. Missed opportunity on this one.

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