|6:13:40 AM - Tue, Jun 4th 2013
|The tuberculosis sanitarium was the cream-colored brick building with the network of iron fire escape-like balconies on the hill north of Watertown Plank Road in the 9600 block. It has been gone for fifteen years.
The modern mental health buildings near Wisconsin Avenue were razed to build Froedert Hospital. They were known as the south units.
The water mirror, fountains and extensive parterre gardens on the Mitchell Park Grounds date from 1904 — 1994.
The hand-colored postcard of the boating pond with the Japanese bridge predates the 'north unit'; otherwise the north unit would appear in the photograph. So. We know the picture is before 1898.
We when read of Frederick Law Olmsted and his influence on the Milwaukee park system, there is the 'Grand Necklace Of Parks': Lake, Washington and Riverside. Looking at his other projects from other cities at this point in his career, we see the repetition of the 'rustic' stone staircases, the pond with the Japanese bridge to a picturesque island, the cinder pathways with the hidden promontory and suddenly there is the vista.
Mitchell Park has none of those elements.
Ponds were common on the County Institution Grounds. Not only for their beauty but in the event of a fire the steam pumper located at Wauwatosa Fire Company No. 2 (then located at Watertown Plank Road and aprx 90th Street) would have an adequate water supply.
The institution grounds were in a rural area without municipal water. To this day, there is an independent institution powerhouse. The railroad spur to deliver coal is still discernible in places and the gauge of the track is much smaller than modern railroad track.
As we continue past the powerhouse past the remains of a tennis court, there are a series of concrete barriers to prevent car traffic and the asphalt road becomes a dirt road. Ahead on our right we will see bricks embedded in the ground. Remnants of the County Poor Farm barn. We walk aprx a quarter mile uphill and there are the remaining four buildings of the Milwaukee County School of Agriculture and Domestic Economy. Designed by Alexander C. Eschweiler.
Edited On 6:17:08 AM - Tue, Jun 4th 2013 by Vetiveronica