Alexandar Eschweiler is a name familiar to most anyone with an interest in architecture in S.E. Wisconsin. His work includes the Wisconsin Power and Light Building in downtown Milwaukee.
Charles S. Whitney may not be as recognizable a name to architectural historians in Milwaukee. Whitney came to Milwaukee in 1919 after receiving his Civil Engineering degree from Cornell University. He worked for Eschweiler as an engineer until 1923, when Eschweiler brought his three sons into his practice. Whitney moved to New York and became a partner in Ammann and Whitney, an engineering and design firm that became world famous and is known for designing the Walt Whitman Bridge and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York.
Whitney designed the West 6th Street Bridge in Racine in 1928. The bridge is notable for its Terra Cotta bas relief panels. The Neptune styled faces on the side of the bridge provide outlets for storm water collecting on the deck of the bridge.
The Monahan Lookout Tower was constructed in 1934 on a site approximately 35 miles northwest of Eagle River, Wisconsin. This tower is 100′ tall and is capped with a 7’x7′ cabin. The Monahan tower was listed in the National Lookout Tower Register in 2004.
Built in 1869, this bridge was constructed of stone quarried in east-central Wisconsin. The 5-span, 387 foot bridge is located near Beloit in south-central Wisconsin. A Chicago engineer named Van Mienen designed the bridge for the Chicago & Northwestern Railway Company. Van Mienen’s work was reportedly inspired by a stone arch bridge in Campiegne, France
This is the Necedah Bluffs Lookout Tower. The 64′ high tower was erected in 1928. During the 1920’s and ’30’s there was a strong initiative to protect Wisconsin’s forests and logging interests from fire. There is record of 180 tower sites, primarily in the northern half of the state.
There were approximately 70 observation towers still standing in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin DNR has decommissioned all tower activities as of last year.
Here are a couple of Milwaukee lakefront icons. This photo is of the south face of the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Calatrava Pavillion. I have included two or three other photos in earlier posts featuring the extendable wings and support mast.
Discovery World is a lakefront museum that features physical science exhibits that are targeting a learning experience. During the warmer months (what a joke) they dock a replica of a 19th century three masted Great Lakes schooner called the Denis Sullivan.
It was a cold, drab, and damp day on Lake Champlain yesterday. I’m finishing a short business trip to Burlington, Vermont and since I remembered to bring a camera and I had a spare hour late in the afternoon, I walked to the lakefront to see how the winter wears on the lake.