Results tagged with 'milwaukee history'
Published May 20, 2013
Thanks to Erik Larson's 2003 bestseller, "The Devil in the White City," yet another generation is fascinated by the 1893 Chicago World's Fair: Columbian Exposition. Despite its enduring - in itself somewhat surprising - popularity, little remains of this by all accounts stunning little temporary city. One survivor serves as the entrance and gift shop to The Pabst Mansion, 2000 W. Wisconsin Ave., and it is in increasingly desperate condition.
Published May 6, 2013
We often celebrate the work of famous architects. We know the names of Santiago Calatrava and Daniel Burnham, for example. But what of the folks who work in relative obscurity, designing the city around us from their desks at City Hall or the Municipal Building? Lately, I keep bumping into the name of Charles E. Malig, who - though he designed a couple public schools while in private practice - built many public buildings during his 38 years as a staff architect with the city's Bureau of Bridges and Public Buildings.
Published April 28, 2013
Former Milwaukee firefighter Wayne Mutza has published more than two dozen books. While his many previous works focus on firefighting equipment and on military history, in his new book, "The Flame Within," Mutza looks at his own life as a firefighter.
Published April 25, 2013
Who doesn't love an old firehouse? Like you, I once thought it would be cool to live in an old one. You know, big open-concept place with high ceilings, history inscribed in every detail. Plus, you could slide down the brass pole to get to breakfast quickly. The decommissioned Milwaukee Fire Department Fire House, Ladder Company No. 5, at 1945 N. Bartlett Ave., is one of those old places I've long suspected was ripe for such a conversion.
Published April 23, 2013
For a long time I often found myself looking down when walking. Now, I'm always looking up - have you ever noticed just how many lovely cornices there are in this town? - or all around me. And it's paid off. In focusing on the places widely accepted as local landmarks, I've often looked right past examples of equally stunning beauty.
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Carmex. The medicated lip balm in small glass jars with the yellow cap. It is and has always been made in Milwaukee. Alfred Woelbing invented the concoction in the 1930's on his kitchen stove to alleviate cold sores. Woelbing (pronounced Well-bing) lived with his wife and children in Wauwatosa...
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