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8 Wisconsin sights you must see

Published Dec. 31, 2019

All around us are beautiful sights and scenes, some popular some exclusive. In this new feature we'll share some of these - through our lens - and hope that you'll join us along the way by sharing your favorite Wisconsin sights too.

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New Milwaukee Bucks uniforms might have some asking, "Cream City, wha?!"

Published Nov. 30, 2019

With the Bucks releasing new Cream City-themed uniforms, it occurred to us that perhaps no one outside Milwaukee even understands the relevance of the term. In fact, with each passing year, it's possible that fewer and fewer Brew City folks even get it anymore.

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Atkinson's art grows from Cream City's most fundamental material

Published Dec. 28, 2015

Considering how fundamental Cream City brick is to the city's history, culture and identity, you'd think there'd be more artists working with it. But Dan Atkinson is one artist who does focus on the building material that gave the "Cream City" its nickname.

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7 great Milwaukee Cream City brick buildings

Published Dec. 23, 2015

Milwaukee is the home and eponym of Cream City brick, much of it made right in the Menomonee Valley near Downtown. Here is a quick tour of some fine examples of a variety of Brew City building types executed in Cream City brick.

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Iron Block loses its scaffolding

Published June 17, 2013

After years of seeing the historic Iron Block building on Water and Wisconsin clothed in stark white paint - and most recently - hidden behind scaffolding - it's nice to see a subtler tone and a copper brown on the storefront and mezzanine levels.

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Peek inside the North Point Water Tower

Published May 31, 2011

Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to get inside the majestic, fairytale-esque North Point Water Tower, located on an 80-foot bluff between North Lake Drive and Lake Michigan.

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Local beer aficionado builds The Bomb Shelter

Published Feb. 1, 2008

The Bomb Shelter is a beer-centric bar that pays tribute to the classic corner varieties that flourished during a time when locally-brewed beer seeped from the city's pores.

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Cream City Brick: Building blocks of Milwaukee

Published Jan. 22, 2008

When immigrants built Milwaukee, they used Cream City Brick to do it. The unique, resilient brick has become a status symbol and a link to the city's heritage.

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Cream City brick built Milwaukee's name

Published Nov. 19, 2004

We're "Brew City" because of beer, that's a given. But "Cream City?" There are plenty of references like the Cream City Cycle Club. And the cream in question is not whipped and served inside a pastry at the State Fair, but rather in solid, brick form.