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We Energies- Public Service Building

This 112 year old, neoclassic gem, with matched Italian marble walls and a second-floor art deco auditorium, played an important role in changing Milwaukee with trains, buses, electricity, natural gas, steam heat and even appliances sales, serving as the utility's headquarters the entire time.

Address
231 W Michigan St

Saturday Hours
10 am - 5 pm

Sunday Hours
10 am - 5 pm

Photography
Photography, Video, Tripods Permitted

Handicapped Accessible
Fully wheelchair accessible

Construction of The Milwaukee Electric Railway and Light Company’s (now known as We Energies) Public Service Building began in 1902, as the company replaced horse-drawn trolleys with electric interurban trains. Electric trains rolled through the building’s first floor when it was completed in 1905. This 112 year old, neoclassic gem, with matched Italian marble walls and a second-floor art deco auditorium, played an important role in changing Milwaukee with trains, buses, electricity, natural gas, steam heat and even appliances sales, serving as the utility’s headquarters the entire time.

Visitors to the Public Service Building will take self-guided tours of the ornate lobby, corporate conference center, and the second-floor art deco auditorium. Employee volunteers will be on hand to provide information. There will be a continuously-running presentation about the building and company history in the auditorium. Enjoy displays of historic company photographs and Cookie Book covers from past years.