Walter Holbrook was the chief draughtsman for the architectural firm owned by Edward Townsend Mix
in Milwaukee, and Holbrook became a partner in the firm in 1871. It is not known how big the staff was at the firm, but Mix was well known for his large, high-profile projects in Milwaukee, around Wisconsin and around the Midwest. (For example, Mix designed Montauk
, the estate of Iowa Governor Larrabee and a definitive landmark in the Milwaukee area, Old Main
, the majestic headquarters of the National Soldier's Home in Wood.)
Holbrook likely had his hands on all of Mix's designs at that time, and the Williams Free Library in Beaver Dam is a wonderful building to be credited with!
(Milwaukee County, Wisconsin)Queen Anne-Romanesque Revival style multi-family dwelling from the Victorian era
Williams Free Library
(Dodge County, Wisconsin)Heavy sandstone Romanesque building that housed Beaver Dam's Williams Free Library for over 100 years.