The building in which I work, now called CityCenter, but built as the imposing headquarters of the First National Bank, celebrates the 100th anniversary of its opening today with a huge bash at the building, 735 N. Water St., and on the streets outside (weather permitting).
Admission to the bash, which has three stages of live music, dancing, cocktails and more, is free, and it kicks off at 4 p.m.
In 2012, I took a tour of the building and wrote about its history, including the fact that it's one of just a few Milwaukee buildings designed by important Chicago architect Daniel Burnham, who died in 1912, the year the cornerstone of the building was laid. You read about that here.
You can also watch this video about the building's history, with some great old photos (but I warn you in advance, I'm in it, as you can see):
More than 10,000 people showed up to see the building the April day it opened in 1914. I suspect there won't be quite that many at today's party, but it will be a great event and because we love a bargain, I'll say one more time that it's free and open to all.
So come on down and party like it's 1914! But get there it wraps up at 10 p.m. or you'll have to wait for 2114.
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