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Trowbridge Street School

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1894, Walter A. Holbrook; 1909 addition. 1943 E. Trowbridge St.
  • (Photograph by Andrew Hope)
  • (Photograph by Andrew Hope)
  • (Photograph by Andrew Hope)

The exterior of this cream brick building has changed little since Hollywood actor Spencer Tracy attended grade school here before World War I. Still in active use as a public school, this is one of Milwaukee’s dwindling number of intact nineteenth-century school buildings. As with many Victorian-era institutions, the principal focus is on a large central entrance pavilion. Here its large Richardsonian arched entrance topped by an oriel separates round-arched second-story windows, set beneath a brick gable flanked by torch-like pinnacles. The terra-cotta nameplate in the gable combines Roman lettering with scrolled decoration. The building was constructed in two stages. Holbrook’s original design comprises the eastern portion, including the entrance pavilion and its lower flanking classroom wings; the 1909 addition was designed to match the two westernmost classroom sections.

Writing Credits

Marsha Weisiger et al.


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Marsha Weisiger et al., "Trowbridge Street School", [Milwaukee, Wisconsin], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Buildings of Wisconsin

Buildings of Wisconsin, Marsha Weisiger and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017, 105-105.

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