Last summer, I reported on the "purple house," a controversial residential home located on 43rd Street and Howard Avenue that was both loved and hated for its bright purple exterior.
The back story is fascinating and can be read here.
After the eccentric owner, Florian Meler, passed away, the family was unable to keep the house and it was sold as a foreclosed property to David Stainbrook of G & S Construction & Remodeling.
Stainbook and his crew razed the house and the lot remained empty for a couple years but Stainbrook is currently in the process of building a multi-unit living structure.
Meler’s son, Justin, and his wife, Vicki, hoped Stainbrook would agree to build a garden or a purple gazebo to tribute Meler and his storied purple house.
At first, it seemed that their requests were going unheard. But just today, they met with Stainbrook who said he had seen the OnMilwaukee.com story and wanted to work with them to keep the spirit of the purple house alive in the new construction.
"He wants to include our vision. He was talking about adding purple flood lights to give the color to the house without it actually being purple. We would also still be able to do a garden with my father-in-law's favorite flowers to honor him. Dave was so gracious and seemed very happy and inviting to work together on this," Vicki says.
Stay tuned to OnMilwaukee.com for updates on this quirky and wonderful developing story.
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.