Watch this iconic Milwaukee building take shape in the 1930s

Watch this iconic Milwaukee building take shape in the 1930s

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You know the building today as Hotel Metro, a beautiful art deco hotel in Downtown Milwaukee, located on the prominent corner of Mason and Wells streets. But when the building was constructed, it was known as the Mariner building, and just like now, it was a beauty.

At least as beautiful as an office building can be. It opened in 1937 and boasted high-end amenities for professional clients — things like specialized steam sanitation for doctors’ offices and “year round” air conditioning. It even had phones in the elevator!

A view of the Mariner Building site on March 12, 1937. Photo courtesy of Dahlman Construction Company, via OnMilwaukee.

OnMilwaukee’s Bobby Tanzilo got access to an impressive collection of archive photos, courtesy of Dahlman Construction Company, that shows the building’s construction in stages between 1937 and 1938.

You can watch the site transform from a literal hole in the ground to a towering, luxurious, window-lined architectural stunner.

A completed view seen march 28, 1938. Photo courtesy of Dahlman Construction Company, via OnMilwaukee.

Visit OnMilwaukee to view the full set of photos. Then, listen to this week’s podcast below for more about the building, its history and construction.

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