Milwaukee 2014...IV

As you may have gathered by now, I kinda love me some Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I spent another weekend photo walking around my new favorite Mid-West city. My first stop was the Northern trust Bank building. I love photographing old architecture like this building. Another architectural gem was the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company Building. This old building will so on be torn down to make way for a more modern office building near the Lakefront. On Mason Street downtown, I saw some very interesting artwork on Ratzsch’s German-American Restaurant...very interesting indeed. Still walking through downtown, I paused on one of the street bridges to capture photos of buildings along the riverwalk. And as I'm photographing that, I see a canoe race making its way up the river. That was pretty exciting, and something great to capture on a whim. I noticed a little construction going on at a huge orange-looking building...only to find out it's City Hall. Another one of Milwaukee's old generation buildings is great to shoot. I then walk past the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel building and come across a lot which bears a Wisconsin official marker. This was the site of the First African-American Church built in Wisconsin...St. Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church. This was indeed a historical capture!

After a brief break, I come upon the Daniel M. Soref Dome Theater and Planetarium on Wells Street. And on the other end of downtown, I spot a huge Neo-Classic Beaux Arts-influenced building that was designed in 1895. It is the Saint James Court Apartments, and is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This was another great find. On Wisconsin Avenue, I see familiar places I remember from years ago during my early career in coming to Milwaukee. Places like the Boston Store and Grand Avenue Mall. I found yet another architectural gem downtown...the Wisconsin Bell Telephone Company building...this was a classic! The Pfister Hotel in all its grandness is still looking good on Wisconsin Avenue as well. I love photographing building with mirrored glass. I like the reflections I get of other buildings around me. Such was the case when photographing the BMO Harris Bradley Center, home of the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team. Reflected off that building was Turner Hall Restaurant and Ballroom.

After that, I drove to Atwater Beach in Shorewood to photograph Jaume Plensa's "Spillover II" sculpture. Back downtown, I drove past the Milwaukee Theatre and the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino. On the final leg of my photo walk, I head over to the Milwaukee County Courthouse on Wells Street, the 1000 N. Water Street Building, City Hall, Direct Supply Technology Center and I end my photo walk at the Val. Blatz Brewing Company building, which has now been converted to apartments.