Building Info

Ring the Bell
  • Address:
    200 E. Wells St.
  • Taxkey:
  • Architect:
    Henry C. Koch
  • Architectural Style:
    Flemish Renaissance Revival
  • Status:
  • Assessment:
    Tax-Exempt
  • Year Built:

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.”

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