Art in Architecture: Milwaukee's State Office Building Mosaics Tour

Milwaukee State Office Building

819 North 6th Street
Milwaukee, WI
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Docomomo US/Wisconsin is celebrating artist Marjorie Kreilick’s 97th birthday with this rare insider tour!

In the early 1960s a wave of modernism was sweeping Milwaukee. The State of Wisconsin was building a new downtown office building to meet needs of the growing metropolis and the State Architect wanted ART to be an integrated feature to all new architecture. At the office building he envisioned monumental murals to be sited on each floor, and so commissioned a young muralist and UW professor, Marjorie Kreilick. Ms. Kreilick created ten marble and gold mosaics depicting the indigenous bioregions of Wisconsin, plus a large abstract lobby mural dedicated to the State’s motto “Forward”. The murals took two years to complete and were shipped from a Roman mosaic atelier direct to Milwaukee up the newly opened St Lawrence Seaway.

Join Docomomo US/Wisconsin to learn the fascinating backstory to the creation of these phenomenal artworks, including rare behind-the-scenes peeks at the production of the murals, and visuals of the original paintings and project schemas for the murals in development. The event begins with a visual presentation by mosaic specialist Lillian Sizemore, and architectural historian Eric Vogel. Following the presentation you will have the opportunity to tour the 10 story State Office Building with Lillian and Eric, and see each of the Kreilick mosaics up close.


Due to the security at the location we ask that you arrive promptly.

Arrival by 2:30 PM for orientation and check in. You will be greeted at the door and escorted to our conference room where a 30 minute presentation will begin at 2:45PM then we will break into groups to visit the murals in person.

We will exit the building promptly at 4:30PM


The area is wheelchair accessible. Participants will be walking and standing for short periods.

In light of COVID-19, We will be taking necessary precautions to ensure a safe gathering. You are encouraged to wear a face mask for the safety of yourself and others. If you feel unwell or are experiencing symptoms, please stay home. Hand sanitizer will be provided


Available near the facility.

6th & Wells Lot: Westown Downtown Milwaukee Parking

Interstate Parking:


Advance registration required

$20 Docomomo US members / $30 nonmembers (click here to become a member)