In Milwaukee History

The Woman's Club of Wisconsin building on Kilbourn Avenue is about to be designated a Milwaukee County landmark.

Milwaukee County Historical Society will add two sites to landmarks list

Each year the Milwaukee County Historical Society designates Milwaukee County Landmarks and at this year's MCHS annual meeting, Tuesday, Nov 27 at 5:30 p.m., it will add two new sites to the list.

The new landmarks will be:

Woman's Club of Wisconsin, 813 E. Kilbourn Ave., which is included for its historic and architectural significance.

As I noted in the above-linked Urban Spelunking post:

Built in 1887 and designed by George Bowman Ferry – four years after he left the employ of Henry C. Koch and three years before he joined forces with Alfred Clas – the high Victorian Gothic structure has it all: stunning lines, gorgeous cream city brick, lovely stained and leaded glass.

And, the northwest corner of Buffalo and Water Streets in the Third Ward was nominated for its historic significance. The site is where George Marshall Clark was lynched in September 1861.

Clark and another man named James Shelton were involved in a scuffle with a white man who died from stab wounds but not before naming Shelton as his attacker. Yet a mob stormed the jail and seized Clark, dragged him to the Third Ward, held a mock trial and hanged him. The murder is said to be the only lynching to have occurred in the City of Milwaukee.

Also considered, but which will not be landmarked at this time, is the former North Milwaukee Town Hall, 5151 N. 35th St., a Victorian neo-classical revival building built in 1900 and designed by architects Cornelius Leenhouts and Hugh Guthrie.

According to MCHS Executive Director Mame McCully, the designation was affected by the absence of required information. The nomination will automatically roll over to next year, McCully added.

The event takes place at the Milwaukee County Historical Society's Historical Center and Museum, 910 N. Old World 3rd St. The public is welcome.

Find a list of Milwaukee County Landmarks, and learn more about the program, visit

You can also nominate a potential landmark for consideration next year at the same website.


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