207 E. Michigan St.
Edward Townsend Mix
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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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Content referencing Mitchell Building
Mitchell Park, Boulevard, airport, etc., all named after one family. Jun 22nd, 2018 by Carl Baehr
Eyes on Milwaukee
Joshua Jeffers is spending millions to redevelop the Mackie Building and famed Grain Exchange. Jan 7th, 2017 by Jeramey Jannene
New owners spending millions to redo 1879 Mackie Building. Our photos tell the tale. Mar 4th, 2016 by Michael Horne
The trading room was one of the "most lavishly decorated" public spaces in the region. Jan 12th, 2016 by Jeff Beutner
CitationNov 13th, 2015 - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Tom Daykin
CitationNov 3rd, 2015 - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Tom Daykin
The gallery is housed in a historic 1875 Edward Townsend Mix mansionSep 16th, 2015 by Michael Horne
Looking south from Wisconsin, this was a prime business district dominated by Victorian buildings from the 1850s. Jun 30th, 2015 by Jeff Beutner
Plenty of Horne
135-year-old building will be beautified and renovated to create 26 apartments, and a proposal for a modernistic "Mackie Building South" could connect to it. Apr 21st, 2015 by Michael Horne
Tighter guidelines for credits and less total funding could hurt development in Milwaukee. Feb 20th, 2015 by Andrew McCann
Back in the News
Suit posed question: is Deep Tunnel depleting water table and causing downtown buildings to sink?Jan 28th, 2015 by Bruce Murphy
The headquarters for what became the Marine Bank, built by Alexander Mitchell, survives today almost exactly as originally built. Oct 29th, 2014 by Jeff Beutner
Best of Doors Open
Our photos take you inside the 1879 structure, the former Grain Exchange, and one of the city's most historic and beautiful buildings. Oct 21st, 2014 by Dave Reid
Plenty of Horne
City Hall, Milwaukee Rep and Mitchell buildings are sinking. Is Deep Tunnel the culprit? The Times is not sure. Jul 8th, 2014 by Michael Horne