Some Milwaukee Public Schools are like palimpsests in cream city brick, as architect after architect, school board after school board tinkered them, leaving tantalizing bits of the past peeking out from behind an endless parade of new contributions. A building that describes this process well is currently home to James E. Groppi High School, 1312 N. 27th St.
firehouse at 407 N. Hawley Rd. into an event space, Evenement event planning owner Janelle Meyer-Brown has opened Story Hill FireHouse.
Evenement plans to create space in its new home, at 407 N. Hawley Rd. - one of five bungalow firehouses - to host weekend weddings and breakfast and lunch business meetings during the week.
In addition to the "green necklace" of Milwaukee County Parks draped so alluringly around the area, MPS owns 52 neighborhood playfields that add a dose of green space - and fun - to some Milwaukee neighborhoods. One of those is Enderis Playfield, a New Deal-era gem built by the WPA.
Today, I received the alarming photo you see above. It shows the ongoing demolition of the former Milwaukee Fire Department high-pressure pumping station, 2011 S. 1st St., that was home to Horny Goat Brewing from 2009 until 2015.
Despite the fact that hundreds of thousands of Milwaukeeans once visited the city's seven natatoria annually for many years, these days the word seems to conjure only one thing for Cream City citizens: dining next to a dolphin pool.
Considering how much waterfront Milwaukee has - between the lake, the rivers and the canals - it makes perfect sense that there's a history of fireboats here. MFD's last fireboat station is now for sale. We went inside to take a look.
Charles Malig designed many MFD quarters - including some you surely recognize - but that his signature contribution to the genre makes a quieter statement is not an accident. Meet Milwaukee's five bungalow firehouses, all of which survive, nestled into their neighborhoods.
There are countless Milwaukeeans who have left an indelible mark on the city, even though folks rarely utter their names. One of them is Sebastian Brand, a German immigrant firefighter and mason turned architect, who designed many firehouses. Meet him here.
Recently, we visited Engine Co. 6 on Brady Street, a firehouse that, in addition to being well-known in the neighborhood, has a long history on the East Side. The first station was built here in 1875 and was replaced with the current building in 1946.
While today, Milwaukee Health Department's Southside Health Center, 1639 S. 23rd St., is a bright, cheery neighborhood clinic offering health advice, free immunizations and the like, this was once South View Hospital, built as an isolation facility for folks suffering from brutal contagious diseases.
You'll be unsurprised to hear that visiting interesting Milwaukee buildings of all kinds leads to meeting all kinds of similarly interesting Milwaukeeans. But, when I visited Milwaukee Fire Dept.'s Engine 01, 784 N. Broadway, recently, the folks I met there were at least as interesting than the building itself.
Yesterday, I stumbled upon a 1926 article about the earliest architects working in Milwaukee. One sentence particularly caught my attention.
Inside one of the five bungalow style firehouses built in the 1920s by Milwaukee architect Charles Malig, there is a quiet treasure. The Milwaukee Fire Education Center and Museum, 1615 W. Oklahoma Ave., isn't exactly a secret, but considering the passion for the history of firefighting that burns in the folks that maintain and grow it, it almost feels like it.
Every now and then, as a roadway decays, we're reminded that there are miles and miles of remnants of The Milwaukee Electric Railway & Light Company - in the form of tracks - just below the surface in the city. But the company also left behind some more visible reminders of its existence, too.