About The Rotunda

The Rotunda has a rich history and is on the National Register of Historic Places

Building History

The Rotunda, hewn from Bedford Limestone, stands as an outstanding example of Classic Revival architecture with 20th century Neo-Classicism refinements. Six fluted Doric columns tower nearly 2-stories above the expansive curved portico.

A shallow coffered dome, meticulously tooled with copper, is a brilliant testament to the time-honored traditions of quality and craftsmanship.

The exterior is masterfully balanced with ornamentation continuing through the vestibule and beyond. The Rotunda boasts a 35-foot lobby, rich with refined elegance. The colonnade of stately two-story red marble columns are crowned with classically detailed gold capitals.

By day, sunlight cascades through a beautiful stained glass skylight and onto the circular coffered dome. By night, tiered gold chandeliers spanning four feet in width, create a gentle ambiance, diffusing facets of warmth into every corner.

Timeline

1913 – First federally built and owned Waukesha Post Office.

1962 – renovated as a branch banking facility. Today, the nearly 1-foot thick brushed-steel door to the vault has remained for posterity and provides a whimsical entryway to the caterer staging area.

2001 – Renovated to reflect its former glory and opened as a premier banquet and meeting facility.

2010 – Exclusive Chef Jack’s Catering venue.  Remodeled and upper level renovated to provide additional event seating or cocktail space.  Also features a hospitality room.

2016 – Main floor and foyer renovated.  New carpeting, uplighting, and paint scheme.  250 gold chiavari ballroom chairs now included with venue.

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