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Buzz - Feb. 14, 2017
Urban spelunking: A peek inside the old Renaissance Books
For years, many of us were conflicted when it came to the Renaissance Bookstore at 834 N. Plankinton Ave., Downtown. It was a place that was packed with books. Great! But it was also clearly too packed with books. Last week, we went inside to take a look.
Milwaukee History - Feb. 10, 2017
Urban spelunking: State Theater, former Hoops strip joint & The Palms rock club
What a long strange trip it was. While theaters like the Downer and Oriental have venerable histories as long-running cinema houses, consider, if you will, the the more varied history of the now-dilapidated State Theater, 2616 W. State St. Originally a movie theater, the State has served a number of purposes - rock venue, prudish dance hall and strip club - in its nearly 100-year history.
Milwaukee History - Jan. 25, 2017
Urban spelunking: Building a hotel in the old Joey Buona's (Button Block)
Bear Development is transforming Crane & Barkhausen's seven-story Richardson Romanesque Button Block into a 94-room Homewood Suites hotel. We went inside to see the changes it's undergoing and to look into the building's history.
Milwaukee History - Jan. 24, 2017
Urban Spelunking: Spaghetti and secrets at the Wells Building
At many Milwaukee buildings history is layered atop history. And nowhere is that more true than at the Wells Building, 324 E. Wisconsin Ave., where the strata of history is topped with a hefty dose of spaghetti. No, there's no Italian restaurant, but still plenty to see.
Buzz - Jan. 19, 2017
Urban spelunking: Hoyt Park's Great Hall
Looking for an unusual place to watch the Packers take on the Falcons this Sunday in the NFC title game? Hoyt Park in Wauwatosa has the perfect spot. Located between The Landing Beer Garden and the Hoyt Park Pool is a Grand Hall that was built in the '30s by the WPA.