Milwaukee, WI | Commercial
The AT&T Building in Milwaukee is one of the most recognized historic skyscrapers in the city. Designed by the famous Milwaukee architect Alexander Eschweiler, it stands as a tribute to architectural design and terra cotta decorative elements that predated the modern movement. As such, it contains highly decorative and ornate historic details.
A series of terra cotta rooftop lanterns give the tower its iconic look. However, these decorative elements have had to sustain almost 100 years of frigid Milwaukee weather and unforgiving freeze/thaw cycles.
The lanterns, in serious need of repair and restoration, were laser scanned with ground-based scanners as well as drone-mounted scanners. The accurate information data was obtained while leaving the existing pieces in place and avoiding 20 floors of scaffolding. These scans also allowed the terra cotta production company to recreate the pieces. The remote, internet, computer-based operation saved significant time and money.