Spot A Clock: C.H. Coakley Bros. Building

This month’s ‘Spot a Clock’ is the C.H. Coakley Bros. Building, located at 3742 West Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee.

Coakley Bros. (www.chcoakley.com) is one of the longest continually operating businesses in Milwaukee. Three brothers (Charlie, Bill, and George) founded Lightning Delivery and Express in 1888 to provide delivery services from Milwaukee’s rail yards and docks. Charlie and George Coakley started a second delivery businesses, Coakley Bros., shortly thereafter. The business diversified in the 1920s to provide moving, warehousing and storage services. As part of this strategy, Coakley Bros. constructed several warehouses in the city, including this one on Wisconsin Avenue.

C.H. Coakley Bros. Building, located at 3742 West Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee.

C.H. Coakley Bros. Building, located at 3742 West Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee.

This building was constructed in 1929. The building was designed by Alexander Eschweiler, a prominent Milwaukee architect. Mr. Eschweiler designed several noted Milwaukee landmarks, including the Wisconsin Gas Building. The Coakley Bros. Building features several interesting architectural details, such as decorative tile, ironwork, copper, and terra cotta.

The clock movement was a Seth Thomas Model No. 6 movement, serial number 2669. The Seth Thomas factory records, available through the NAWCC website, provides details regarding the production of the clock movement and the custom dials.

Unfortunately, the current building owners indicate the movement is no longer in the building, having been removed at some unknown time. A new dial and movement were recently installed, so the clock at least continues to display time to the surrounding community.

If you would like to suggest a clock for the newsletter’s ‘Spot a Clock’, please contact Ed Buc at the Chapter meetings or by email.

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Chapter 47’s Meeting Location Has Changed

Norway House has cancelled our contract as they are selling the building and the new owners are not interested in renting.  I have found a new location that is similar in size and not too far from our old location.  The facility is very nice and compatible with the things we do at our meetings.  Rent is the same but they will make the coffee and do setup and take down which will be nice.
New Location is:
Knights of Columbus, 1800 South 92nd Street, West Allis, WI 53214
Hours: 8:00 Mart setup, 9:00 Mart opens, 10:00 Educational Program
Dates reserved are as follows:
September 24, 2017, same as planned for Norway House
November 19, 2017, new date (different from date on previous schedules)
January 7, 2018
March 18, 2018
May 6, 2018
September 16, 2018
November 18, 2018
Thanks for your understanding,
Craig White
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