Historic preservation

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Details from demolished Eschweiler adorn Mimosa eatery

Published Feb. 27, 2020

Popular Franklin breakfast and brunch eatery Mimosa recently opened a second location, in the former Louise's Trattoria space at 275 Regency Ct., and while that's good news for Brookfield pancake lovers, it's also surprisingly good news for preservationists.

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City will review nomination to add Sheridan Apartments to historic list

Published Feb. 26, 2020

There are a number of fine vintage apartment buildings in Milwaukee, full of attractive ornament and classic design. One of them - the 1927 Sheridan Apartments, next to the Eagles Club, at 2435 W. Wisconsin Ave. - is being nominated for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Wisconsin Trust announces 2019 preservation award winners

Published April 22, 2019

In the spirit of Earth Day, and the philosophy of reuse and recycling, here are the Wisconsin Trust for Historic Preservation 2019 Preservation Award winners, who have polished up the old and made it new again.

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Debate over Kiley grove at Marcus Center is about design, not trees

Published March 29, 2019

The test of a great work of art is that it has been so evidently experienced. So, while many of us can and should debate the particular design issues at stake as plans to destroy the chestnut grove at the Marcus Center are considered, I hope those in positions of power will not lose sight of this obvious fact.

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Designation aims to preserve historic newspaper buildings

Published March 7, 2019

On Monday, the City's Historic Preservation Commission voted unanimously to give temporary historic designation, which remains in force for 180 days, to the Downtown home of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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City commission gives Marcus Center temporary historic designation

Published Feb. 5, 2019

On Monday afternoon, the City of Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission took up the petition filed in January for the temporary historic designation of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 N. Water St., in hopes of preserving grove of chestnut trees on the plaza between the center and Kilbourn Avenue.

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New legislation puts housing rules and regulations at risk

Published Dec. 17, 2015

If property owners don't like the details of the fire code, should they still be required to install sprinklers? If the ideological zeal of Sen. Frank Lasee and Rep. Robert Brooks is taken to its logical conclusion, then they won't be.

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Historic building reuse: A catalyst for revitalizing neighborhoods

Published Oct. 13, 2014

An evening of presentations and discussion about the catalytic impact of historic tax credits for Milwaukee's neighborhoods featuring keynote speaker Donovan Rypkema, principal of PlaceEconomics, a Washington, D.C.-based real estate and economic development consulting firm.

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Repairs begin at the old Soldiers' Home

Published June 12, 2014

Today, The National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance (MPA) announced repairs will begin on a number of historic buildings on the sprawling grounds of the Milwaukee Soldiers Home Historic District, which I featured in a spelunking story last year.

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Celebrating St. James Court

Published Sept. 30, 2013

Ald. Bob Bauman will be at the Ferry & Clas-designed building, 825-31 W. Wisconsin Ave., at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 1, to help celebrate St. James Court's 110th birthday and its addition to the National Register of Historic Places.