Villa Terrace's backyard runs down the hill to Lincoln Memorial Drive.
Villa Terrace's backyard runs down the hill to Lincoln Memorial Drive.

Day nine reveal: Postcards from Milwaukee

Inspired by the urban street photography featured in "Street Seen: The Psychological Gesture in American Photography 1940-1959" at the Milwaukee Art Museum, I will share a snapshot of a Milwaukee landmark each day for the 10 days leading up to "MAM After Dark"on March 12.

Yesterday's photo: Villa Terrace Arts Museum

The Villa Terrace, 2220 N. Terrace Ave., was originally the home of Lloyd Smith of A.O. Smith Corporation. Built in 1927 by David Adler, the villa houses 15th to 18th century decorative arts.

The building is made of whitewashed, warm-pink brick and limestone that was quarried and carved in Italy. In the center courtyard, there is a sculpture of Hermes, messenger of the Gods, surrounded by a mosaic of black and white pebbles from Lake Michigan.

Especially interesting is the waterfall that runs down the staircase to the garden below. It was based on one at a villa in Italy.

Want to participate in today's photo? Taken from unique angles, your task is to figure out which iconic Milwaukee building is in the photograph. The pictures will start out easy but get progressively more challenging, so submit your best guess and check back daily to find yesterday's reveal. Ready to start? Just click here.

Click below to receive a coupon for $2 off admission to the Milwaukee Art Museum. Participate and you will be entered to win a prize pack featuring two free tickets to the Milwaukee Art Museum, two tickets to the "MAM After Dark" event March 12 and a $50 gift card to Ward's House of Prime. The more you participate, the better chance you have to win.

"Street Seen," on view through April 25, examines post-World War II street photography in New York and offers an unforgettable look into a pivotal moment in our history. For more information, visit


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