Results tagged with 'Urban Spelunking'
Published Sept. 2, 2014
Back in the 1970s, Usinger's used to sell a poster with a cartoon aerial view of Milwaukee. Across the bottom was the Milwaukee Convention and Visitors Bureau's trademarked phrase, "Old World Charm, New World Vigor." I don't remember if the Railway Exchange building, 229 E. Wisconsin Ave., was depicted on the poster, but it should've been. Designed by the daddy of the skyscraper William LeBaron Jenney, the red terra cotta-clad building has long been a fixture in Downtown Milwaukee, serving as a link to turn of the 20th century Brew City.
Published Aug. 28, 2014
In February, I wrote about the fact that the old McKinley School on 20th and Vliet is in danger of coming down. The details of that situation can be read here. The school is an unusual one in Milwaukee and deserves to be saved. Ald. Bob Bauman, in whose district the old school is located, has petitioned the city's Historic Preservation Commission for historic designation.
Published Aug. 27, 2014
In Franklin, just across 68th Street from the House of Correction there's a barn. Built in 1946, it's one heck of a barn. This attractive red and white marker of a rural Milwaukee past -- now part of Hunger Task Force's The Farm -- stands in stark contrast to the low, modern, blandness of the jail -- and its ominous razor-wire fences -- across the street. But the history of the two are intertwined.
Published Aug. 21, 2014
As beautiful as Milwaukee's historic churches are, visiting them can sometimes be disheartening. That's because so many of them are threatened due to failing -- or even entirely failed -- finances as churches in the heart of the city have fallen victim to suburbanization. This is true for some, but not all churches, as I was reminded recently on a visit to Grace Lutheran Church, which houses a vibrant congregation in a stunning Gothic building.
Published Aug. 16, 2014
From ugly parking structures, to dead stretches of street to a freeway that cuts like machetes, Milwaukee -- for all its vigor -- still has some problem spots. We look at some on the east side of Downtown.
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