As proud citizens of Bay View and the greater Milwaukee area, we want to express our love for our small corner of the world and share some of our city’s rich heritage. Whether you’re new in town or just passing through, there’s no denying the strong-felt sense of community that you encounter here. It can be further felt among the many historic points of interest in and around Bay View.
This is one city where you can’t help but stumble onto a historic landmark. From renovated historic houses to converted taverns, there’s so much to see and learn. So, next time you have some free time, go out and explore! You never know what you’ll find. Here are just a few historic flashbacks that can be found just outside our doors:
Brinton House (2590 S. Superior Street)
Formally the home of Beulah Brinton and her husband, the Brinton House was a gathering place for the people of our once tiny village. Most notably, Beulah started a library in her home where she invited the villagers in to read. The home also welcomed the wives of immigrant laborers, as English language and homemaking classes were held to educate on the premises. The Brinton House was purchased by the Historical Society in 2005 and is now the society’s headquarters, housing town Archives and Research Collections. The building is also used town functions and events each year.
Puddler’s Hall (Corner of South St., Clair Street and East Potter Avenue)
This historic building, erected in the late 1870’s, has been turned into a favorite neighborhood tavern. In its early days, Puddler’s Hall was a center of social activity for the early village settlers. It was named after the very people that it welcomed, “puddlers,” a name which referred to those who worked at the steel mill and poured iron and steel into puddles that were turned into the various forms such as rails, nails, etc.
Pryor Avenue Iron Well (1710 E. Pryor Avenue)
The famous Pryor Avenue Iron Well may just look like an ordinary water fountain at first glance, but it’s so much more. Named for its high iron content, this fountain has been serving up artesian water since 1882. It’s the last remaining public well in the city, and it’s still going strong continuously pumping its faucets to serve neighbors and passersby each and every day.
North Point Lighthouse (2650 N Wahl Avenue)
Before its decommissioning in 1994, the North Point Lighthouse contributed to Milwaukee’s trade and economic growth. It’s one of the oldest structures that stands in the now-urban area, erected in 1855. The Lighthouse has been preserved and restored to its early 20th century charm through the efforts of a volunteers of the North Point Lighthouse Friends, Inc. Thanks to their restoration, this historic site is open to the public for tours and visits.
Milwaukee City Hall (200 E Wells Street)
Completed in 1895, this Flemish Renaissance-inspired structure was built from eight million bricks, weighs approximately 41,000 tons, has more than 47,000 square feet of mosaic and marble flooring, and features approximately 107,000 square feet of office and meeting space. In its early days, the building was one of the first to feature an extensive open atrium, of 20 by 70 feet, rising eight stories in the building’s center. It’s most famous feature is the “Solomon Juneau” bell tower, City Hall’s 18-foot clock. First constructed in 1896, the tower was believed to be the third largest in the world.
All of these historic sites and more are worth venturing out to explore, as they tell the story of our city’s upbringing. And, believe us, it’s a beautiful story to tell, of culture, community and brotherhood. We’re proud to call this our home, and we know you’ll feel the love too when you visit.