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New York has the Empire Sate Building and Chicago has Navy Pier, but what architecture defines Milwaukee? Milwaukee itself has a fascinating architectural history as an industrial hub as well as a port and shipbuilding city. Many of Milwaukee’s original buildings are still standing today, but the insides might have received a hipster upgrade. Regardless of age or purpose, here are some simply unforgettable Milwaukee buildings.
Architecture often reflects a city’s culture, and that is certainly true with 100 East Wisconsin (a.k.a. Faison Building). Originally built on the site of the old Pabst Building, 100 East exhibits classic German architecture and stands as the third-tallest building in Wisconsin. The Pabst name is ironclad in Milwaukee, so architects remained true to the original building by giving 100 East a rectangular footprint and similar crown along the roof.