|The Choate Building (constructed of red brick)|
One of the standouts is the Choate Building, pictured here. Construction was completed in 1888, when it was opened as Choate's Department Store.
I remember visiting that store as a child--it was open that long.
I've always loved and been deeply intrigued by the stone balconies on the fourth floor, looking out over Third and Center Streets. I would imagine that the north-facing one has a gorgeous view of the Mississippi River and the bluffs of Wisconsin.
One of the best parts about this building is that it is located about a block from my workplace. I see it regularly, and occasionally have the opportunity to just sit and contemplate it, while eating lunch outside or waiting for a friend. It's lovely to have a closer connection with a place that's always been fascinating to me.
[the title quotation is by William Faulkner, from Mississippi]