Milwaukee's Early Architecture (Images of America Series)

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Initially dominated by simple renditions of East Coast architecture, Milwaukee developed from three pioneer settlements, those of Solomon Juneau, Byron Kilbourn, and George Walker—three hubs from which three villages radiated outward into one city. Following the Civil War, Milwaukee's growth at the onset of the Industrial Era afforded the city a fanciful array of Victorian streetscapes. The 1890s followed with an era of ethnic architecture in which bold interpretations of German Renaissance Revival and Baroque ...

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Overview

Initially dominated by simple renditions of East Coast architecture, Milwaukee developed from three pioneer settlements, those of Solomon Juneau, Byron Kilbourn, and George Walker—three hubs from which three villages radiated outward into one city. Following the Civil War, Milwaukee's growth at the onset of the Industrial Era afforded the city a fanciful array of Victorian streetscapes. The 1890s followed with an era of ethnic architecture in which bold interpretations of German Renaissance Revival and Baroque designs paid homage to Milwaukee's overwhelming German population. At the turn of the century, Milwaukee's proximity to Chicago influenced the streetscape with classicized civic structures and skyscrapers designed by Chicago architects. World War I and the ensuing anti-German sentiment, as well as Prohibition, inevitably had adverse effects on "Brew City." By the 1920s, Milwaukee's architecture had assimilated to the national aesthetic, suburban development was on the rise, and architectural growth would soon be stunted by the Great Depression.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738584119
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 7/19/2010
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 127
  • Sales rank: 783,204
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Images from Milwaukee's Historic Preservation Commission and the Milwaukee Public Library were selected by author Megan Daniels to narrate Milwaukee's architectural history as it responded to the city's development and historical events.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Pioneer Architecture 9

2 Pre-Civil War Victorian 17

3 Post-Civil War Victorian 27

4 Romanesque and Queen Anne 49

5 Victorian Folk Architecture 69

6 Neoclassicism and Beaux-Arts 83

7 German and Flemish Renaissance 93

8 Period Revivals 109

9 Eclectic Revival, Art Moderne, and Art Deco 119

Bibliography 127

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