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Urban spelunking: Fein Brothers

Published Oct. 18, 2018

With its marquee and vertical Fein Brothers sign, the restaurant and bar supply store on King Drive almost looks like an old Milwaukee movie palace. But the building never had a silver screen. It's history, rather, is linked to a beloved Milwaukee retailing icon.

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Renovation will return Schroeder's Fond du Lac Retlaw Hotel to its former glory

Published Oct. 11, 2018

Though it's nowhere near as big as the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, The Hotel Retlaw towers over Fond du Lac's downtown just like the Hilton has long commanded respect on its own skyline, reminding us that Brew City hotelier Walter Schroeder left his mark on more than just his hometown. Now, it's getting its luster back.

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Urban Spelunking: Cudahy Nike-Ajax missile site / Kelly Senior Center

Published Oct. 4, 2018

It may seem curious to us now, but at the height of the Cold War, the Milwaukee area was ringed with defensive missile sites. One was in Cudahy, where three of the installation's buildings still stand and are currently home to the Kelly Senior Center.

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Urban Spelunking: 12 photos inside the shuttered Karl Ratzsch's restaurant

Published Sept. 25, 2018

Restaurateurs Karl Ratzsch and Ella Helene Ratzsch created what they called a "new-old restaurant ... with an authentic atmosphere of old time hospitality." That was a recipe for success until 2017, when Ratzsch's closed. We recently went inside and thought you might like to see how it looks now.

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10 must-see Doors Open MKE sites

Published Sept. 23, 2018

There's no better way to get a peek inside Milwaukee's most interesting - and often most historic - sites, many of them typically off limits to the public, than Historic Milwaukee Inc.'s annual Doors Open Milwaukee event. Here are 10 must-see sites.

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