The Cream City Hostel is set to open within the next few days, but there is still a lot of finishing work to do. The building – which has been a bank, daycare and charter school throughout its history – required numerous code updates in order to function as a rooming house, but on the whole, it looks much brighter and cleaner than it did when it was closed to the public two years ago.
It’s not often that you take a vacation in the city and stay at a local hotel (though it is a highly recommended adventure), so this tour, provided by Cream City Hostel's owner Carolyn Weber, may be one of your few chances to take a peek inside.
Jason McDowell grew up in central Iowa and moved to Milwaukee in 2000 to attend the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.
In 2006 he began working with OnMilwaukee as an advertising designer, but has since taken on a variety of rolls as the Creative Director, tackling all kinds of design problems, from digital to print, advertising to branding, icons to programming.
In 2016 he picked up the 414 Digital Star of the Year award.
Most other times he can be found racing bicycles, playing board games, or petting dogs.