Mackie Building

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Mackie Building
Chamber of Commerce Milwaukee.jpg
Mackie Building
Mackie Building is located in Wisconsin
Mackie Building
Mackie Building is located in the US
Mackie Building
Location 225 E. Michigan St.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Coordinates 43°2′15″N 87°51′32″W / 43.03750°N 87.85889°W / 43.03750; -87.85889Coordinates: 43°2′15″N 87°51′32″W / 43.03750°N 87.85889°W / 43.03750; -87.85889
Area 0.5 acres (0.20 ha)
Built 1879
Architect E. Townsend Mix
Architectural style Victorian
NRHP Reference # 73000084[1]
Added to NRHP April 3, 1973

The Mackie Building is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.[2]

History[edit]

The building was originally called the Chamber of Commerce Building or the Grain Exchange.[3] It was built in 1879 as an investment property by U.S. Representative Alexander Mitchell. During the 1970s, the building underwent extensive restorations.

The Grain Exchange was located in a large three-story room in the building. The room was designed in a Simple Italian architectural style, with soaring ceilings, hand painted frescoes, gold leaf and over 10,000 sq. feet of space. The grain exchange is closely linked with the early commercial history of Milwaukee, when for a brief time, the city was the world’s largest primary wheat market for trading, exporting and inspecting grain. Milwaukee’s lake port was near vast acres of wheat in the state, so the Milwaukee grain exchange conveniently located there and invented and utilized the very first octagonal trading pit. The grain exchange operated from 1880 to 1935.[4]

The Mackie Building is adjacent to the Mitchell Building, which was also built by Alexander Mitchell, also designed by E. Townsend Mix and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Mackie Building". Landmark Hunter.com. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  3. ^ "Mackie Building - Milwaukee, WI". Waymarking.com. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  4. ^ "The Glory of the Grain Exchange," by Sarah Biondich, Mar. 30, 2010

External links[edit]

Media related to Mackie Building (Chamber of Commerce) at Wikimedia Commons