Results tagged with 'Urban spelunking'
Published March 10, 2014
St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church is a bit like Milwaukee's own Mont Saint-Michel. Its imposing Gothic spires sprout from a high point in the city, soaring above everything around it. But, geographically, it also feels a bit cut off, like the French religious site at high tide, with the expressway to the west, the freeway-like McKinley Boulevard to the south. You can see it from everywhere, but it's not immediately clear how to reach it. Trust me, it's worth the minor effort of getting there.
Published March 4, 2014
Milwaukee hotel magnate and philanthropist Walter Schroeder has left traces of himself across this city and the state. In some places he's rumored to have left his spirit to roam, too. But that's not the case at the Milwaukee Hilton City Center, 509 W. Wisconsin Ave. Here, instead, he left a more tangible and ornate legacy.
Published Feb. 17, 2014
Thanks to Doors Open's Amy Grau - who brought me and architect Keith Stachowiak along for the adventure - I walked through nearly the entire length of that tunnel, proving my grandfather's story correct.
Published Feb. 10, 2014
The secret's been out a long time, so I don't make any claims to it, of course, but you'd be forgiven for believing that the 1883 home of the Milwaukee Club, on the northeast corner of Jefferson and Wisconsin was the work of Milwaukee architect Edward Townsend Mix. I thought so, too, until I learned the truth on a recent tour.
Published Jan. 30, 2014
Follow the steeples. Doing that one day, I came upon St. Francis of Assisi church, 1927 N. 4th St. I couldn't resist stopping in (unannounced).
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