This was fairly early in the morning and I knew there was no chance that I could get inside the building. Besides, my recollection was that the courthouse's hallways are very poorly lit, and the only areas of interest would be the courtrooms. Even on a business day, given the security concerns at the courthouse, it is very unlikely that I would be allowed to take pictures under any circumstances.
So I focused on the exterior and decided to look for opportunities in black and white. This is actually the very first photo that I took.
Maybe that pigeon says something. I'm not sure. But I liked that the shot included only a portion of the roman arch.
Perhaps the most distinctive feature of the building's architecture are its Corinthian columns. Here is a face-on shot.
And another taken from an oblique angle.
This latter shot, though it lacks symmetry, does a much better job of showing off the detail in the columns' structure.
The exterior also features a number of pediments titled with words common to the legal system. I liked Truth the best.
The plaza extending east from the front of the building includes a couple of statues. One was no surprise, General Douglas MacArthur, one of Milwaukee's most prominent historical figures.
The other,which was more centrally positioned, was a surprise: Mahatma Gandhi. I'm not sure what the connection to the courthouse would be other than that a benefactor with clout funded the statue's commissioning. Not that it's a bad statue. Here are a couple of shots.
In this latter shot I was attempting to emphasize Gandhi's hand, leaving the rest out of focus. Not sure that it works.
Although it was a quiet Sunday morning, I was not entirely alone. There were the local geese.
And another fellow out for his "constitutional."
Finally, I took a few shots of the city jail, located adjacent to the courthouse. You can tell it's the jail because the windows are too small to escape from.