City Hall has long been Milwaukee’s outstanding landmark. Built in German neo-Renaissance style, it resembles municipal buildings erected in Germany, Denmark, and the Low Countries in the late 19th century. However, the building’s trapezoid footprint makes it unique.
On the exterior, black granite is topped by a 20-foot layer of sandstone, from which rises pressed brick and terra-cotta trim. Inside, the rotunda rises to a skylight over a hundred feet high. A $75 million restoration in recent years has brought the building back to its original luster.
The Common Council Chamber is the largest Council Chamber in the USA and the most beautiful space in historic Milwaukee City Hall. Ornately carved railings, stained glass and beautiful friezes await visitors. The 30-minute Chamber tour will include facts about Milwaukee’s government, as well as historical and architectural information about the room and City Hall.