Construction of We Energies Public Service Building began in 1902, as the company replaced horse-drawn trolleys with electric interurban trains. Known then as The Milwaukee Electric Railway and Light Co., its electric trains rolled through the building’s first floor when it was completed in 1905. This 115-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 appliance sales, serving as the utility’s headquarters the entire time.
If you pass by the Public Service Building, you can still see the some of the incredible neoclassical detail from the outside, as well as the replica green doors where rail cars used to enter and exit the building. You may also notice equipment in place for repair work underway as a result of severe flooding in the steam tunnels earlier this year.