Layton Art Gallery

Glance at Yesteryear

Catherine Jacobson

Last updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:13 pm

con-glance-103116-laytonThis photo, estimated to have been taken circa 1940, shows the Layton Art Gallery at Mason and Jefferson streets in downtown Milwaukee. Frederick Layton, a meat packer, built the gallery in 1888, hung his own 38 paintings inside and established a $100,000 endowment. In 1957, the Layton Art Gallery was combined with the Milwaukee Art Institute and installed in the War Memorial Center. This Layton Art Gallery building was torn down in 1958. Many of Layton’s works remain in the Milwaukee Art Museum collection today.

—This photo is from the Milwaukee Public Museum’s Photo Archives collection. Additional images can be viewed online at

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