I didn't have the right lens or able to to get the right perspective with so many unattractive street level distractions to capture more of this building so I settled on getting some upper detail as the sun set. This building was built 1876 and thus is one of the oldest buildings in Milwaukee. Taken with D700, 28mm, f/13, -1.7 EV, ISO 800, 1/200s, Manual.
Thanks for commenting. A friend of mine, who lives in the Chicago area, said "I think that if there had not been the Chicago fire, Chicago would have more buildings with the the ornate detail of the Mitchell Building."
While very interesting, that kind of detail is certainly a maintenance challenge for future generations.
At the other end of the scale: thank goodness for building codes. My uncle in the Philippines is lamenting the amount of damage in and around Manila due to the lack of building codes during the latest typhoon damage. Then there's the Haiti earthquake. Fire and life safety is paramount; there's nothing in the building codes about design but its the architect's responsibility to add the aesthetics while addressing the needs of the client.
It isn't as ornate on the exterior...some nice details at entrances and along a couple of horizontal lines. But, wow, is the interior ornate! Awesome. It reminds some of the Rookery in Chicago...the interiors of those old buildings were marvelous, too.
I'm not too fond of very ornate architecture as far as aesthetics but I do appreciate good workmanship, which this building appears to have. I also appreciate a good photo when I see one, which this is. Great composition and, like Anthony, I really like the golden light on the right side. Very nicely done. How tall is the building?
Thanks for commenting. Here is a link with an image taken by someone some time ago. I suspect they had a view camera to get the almost perfect perspective...but more cluttered around the building now, too.
This image (along with another I submitted) was recently selected by my camera club's Board of Directors to be hung along with the work of other photographers in various clubs at City Hall in Milwaukee between October 25 and November 27th. I just got the framed large size print back from the framing house, it really looks great for the architectural exhibit.