Representing one of the final stanchions of federal Romanesque architecture in the Midwest, the Milwaukee Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse, located at 517 E. Wisconsin Avenue, currently houses both a U.S. District and U.S. Bankruptcy Court and remains an exquisite example of Richardsonian Style.
It was designed by Willoughby J. Edbrooke, erected in 1892-99, and designated in 1972 as a landmark of the City of Milwaukee in recognition of its architectural and historical significance to the community.
Based on the Allegheny County Courthouse in Pittsburgh, it is noted for its carved ornament exterior, its spacious atrium and "Courtroom 390," which was once called "the most distinctive courtroom in the United States."
Photo captured October 30, 2010.
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