By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Nov 26, 2018 at 3:45 PM

Each year the Milwaukee County Historical Society designates Milwaukee County Landmarks and at this year’s MCHS annual meeting, Tuesday, Nov 27 at 5:30 p.m., it will add two new sites to the list.

The new landmarks will be:

Woman’s Club of Wisconsin, 813 E. Kilbourn Ave., which is included for its historic and architectural significance.

As I noted in the above-linked Urban Spelunking post:

Built in 1887 and designed by George Bowman Ferry – four years after he left the employ of Henry C. Koch and three years before he joined forces with Alfred Clas – the high Victorian Gothic structure has it all: stunning lines, gorgeous cream city brick, lovely stained and leaded glass.

And, the northwest corner of Buffalo and Water Streets in the Third Ward was nominated for its historic significance. The site is where George Marshall Clark was lynched in September 1861.

Clark and another man named James Shelton were involved in a scuffle with a white man who died from stab wounds but not before naming Shelton as his attacker. Yet a mob stormed the jail and seized Clark, dragged him to the Third Ward, held a mock trial and hanged him. The murder is said to be the only lynching to have occurred in the City of Milwaukee.

Also considered, but which will not be landmarked at this time, is the former North Milwaukee Town Hall, 5151 N. 35th St., a Victorian neo-classical revival building built in 1900 and designed by architects Cornelius Leenhouts and Hugh Guthrie.

According to MCHS Executive Director Mame McCully, the designation was affected by the absence of required information. The nomination will automatically roll over to next year, McCully added.

The event takes place at the Milwaukee County Historical Society’s Historical Center and Museum, 910 N. Old World 3rd St. The public is welcome.

Find a list of Milwaukee County Landmarks, and learn more about the program, visit

You can also nominate a potential landmark for consideration next year at the same website.

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.