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The purple house was torn down in 2010.
The purple house was torn down in 2010.

Purple House razed but not forgotten

Last summer, I reported on the "purple house," a controversial residential home located on 43rd Street and Howard Avenue that was both loved and hated for its bright purple exterior.

The back story is fascinating and can be read here.

After the eccentric owner, Florian Meler, passed away, the family was unable to keep the house and it was sold as a foreclosed property to David Stainbrook of G & S Construction & Remodeling.

Stainbook and his crew razed the house and the lot remained empty for a couple years but Stainbrook is currently in the process of building a multi-unit living structure.

Meler’s son, Justin, and his wife, Vicki, hoped Stainbrook would agree to build a garden or a purple gazebo to tribute Meler and his storied purple house. 

At first, it seemed that their requests were going unheard. But just today, they met with Stainbrook who said he had seen the OnMilwaukee.com story and wanted to work with them to keep the spirit of the purple house alive in the new construction.

"He wants to include our vision. He was talking about adding purple flood lights to give the color to the house without it actually being purple. We would also still be able to do a garden with my father-in-law's favorite flowers to honor him. Dave was so gracious and seemed very happy and inviting to work together on this," Vicki says.

Stay tuned to OnMilwaukee.com for updates on this quirky and wonderful developing story.

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