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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.


Urban Spelunking: Milwaukee-Western Fuel Co. / Work Lofts building

Published Dec. 27, 2018

The building 2140-50 N. Prospect Ave. isn't large, but you can't miss it because of its striking exterior. Built in 1934 as headquarters for the Milwaukee-Western Fuel Company, the building was designed by hometown architect Herbert Tullgren, who drew a two-story Art Deco gem of a building.


Urban Spelunking: Hotel Metro / John W. Mariner Building

Published Sept. 4, 2018

When the John W. Mariner Building opened on Mason and Milwaukee in the waning months of 1937 it was heralded as an immediate landmark of design and comfort. The same was true when Hotel Metro opened in the building in 1998. Now, 20 years later, the hotel is about to get a refresh.


Urban Spelunking: Badger Mutual's Art Deco headquarters

Published Feb. 15, 2018

The small office building on National Avenue - home to Badger Mutual Insurance since 1937 - feels large in its residential and neighborhood retail setting. It has soaring vertical lines, great decorative iron work and brass details inside, too.

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