Dudley Building

500 1st St Wausau

Marathon County Historical Society
Written By Marathon County Historical Society

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Dudley Tower

In 2005, local businessman and philanthropist Dick Dudley announced that he was tired of seeing the property on the northwest corner of First and Scott Streets undeveloped, and so he had made arrangements to build a commercial building there.

The property had been unused for over a decade, but Dudley's determination to see something done with it (and the allocation of $15 million for the project by Dudley Investments) got the ball moving on what would become the tallest commercial building in Wisconsin (outside of Milwaukee).

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The tower goes by either First Wausau Tower, or, as Dudley originally announced it, The Dudley Brothers Building. Dick wanted to memorialize his three brothers, who had grown up with the commonly held belief in the importance of service and a shared love of aviation. Although the building is rarely called the Dudley Brother Building (in favor of the more colloquial Dudley Building), it contains a display memorializing the lives and military service of the Dudley brothers.

The Dudley Tower was designed by Mudrovich Architects of Wausau. At eleven stories, this Post Modern style building of concrete, steel, glass, and bricks stands as one of the tallest buildings in Wisconsin. It houses a number of charitable foundations, law firms, and financial institutions.

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