Architecture

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Castro turns his pencil toward unexpected Milwaukee buildings

Published June 30, 2020

Midcentury Modern Milwaukee isn't always the choice when someone decides to feature Cream City buildings in works of art. But that's where artist Patrick Castro has (mostly) cast his eye for his Make MKE series of drawings that he sells as prints on his website.

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13 photos of Frank Lloyd Wright's cool Tokyo "House of Tomorrow" school

Published Feb. 8, 2019

Wisconsin architect Frank Lloyd Wright's stunning and innovative work brought him commissions all around the globe, and when I travel, I try to make sure I see as many of them as I can. Here is a look at his beautiful Jiyu Gakuen Myonichikan girls school building in Tokyo.

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Urban Spelunking: MPS' Rufus King International High School

Published Feb. 5, 2019

Milwaukee Public Schools is blessed with a number of really, really gorgeous old schoolhouses, but few can compete in the ornate category with Rufus King, which not only was built during the Great Depression, but really offered the ailing economy a giant middle finger with an almost insane attention to detail.

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Magical Chicago holiday jaunt offers chance to dig into Windy City architecture

Published Jan. 8, 2019

There's something about a big city at the holidays: the lights, the window displays, the crowds, the decorations, carolers. Our Christmas trip to Chicago was to drink in the cheer, but, for me, every visit to the Windy City is another chance to dig into the city's world class architecture.

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Bells of Milwaukee aims to research, document and refurbish bells

Published Sept. 23, 2018

When a massive fire broke out at Trinity Lutheran Church on May 15, three bells in the steeple remained. Now, The Bells of Milwaukee seeks to refurbish the bells, so future generations can hear them ring, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.

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9 vintage Milwaukee movie theaters

Published July 27, 2018

Movie theaters are one of those third places - not work, not home - where many of us grew up. We saw favorite films there as kids, we perhaps shared our first kisses there as teens, we treasure memories from them as adults. Here's a look at 9 Milwaukee classics.

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Is Miller Park aging gracefully?

Published July 25, 2018

Miller Park is immaculate. Other than some inevitable fading and staining on the roof, it looks brand new. Compared to County Stadium, which looked old even when it wasn't, Miller Park is beautifully maintained.

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First Look: 7Seventy7 apartment tower

Published July 3, 2018

Before Northwestern Mutual even competed its striking new office tower on Mason Street, it announced that it would build a new 34-story, $100 million apartment tower across the street, at 777 N. Van Buren St. Since then 7Seventy7 has altered the Milwaukee skyline. We went inside today.

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Little landmarks: Neighborhood churches edition

Published July 11, 2017

In this occasional series that looks at some often-unheralded gems of local architecture and history, we turn our eyes toward some small neighborhood churches around the city.