Ghost signs


"Fading Ads of Milwaukee" catalogs some of the city's best old signs

Published Feb. 5, 2020

Old Milwaukee Facebook group creator Adam Levin has come to be the person many think of first when they spy a potentially "new" old sign. Now Levin has turned his passion into Milwaukee ghost signs and Mid-century signs into a book called "Fading Ads of Milwaukee."


12 stunning old school Milwaukee signs

Published Dec. 11, 2017

Recently, photographer and OnMilwaukee collaborator Adam Levin began cataloguing his passion for old sign age in his new Facebook group, Ghost Signs of Milwaukee. We asked him to share some of his favorite images of Milwaukee-area ghost signs and these are what he shared.


Urban spelunking: Riverside Theater

Published Sept. 3, 2013

In some ways the Riverside has always been the theater that almost never was. Erected in 1928 as part of the new Empire office building - which replaced a previous Empire Building on the site - The Riverside Theater (which was designed by Kirchhoff and Rose) opened just before America plunged into the Great Depression. Somehow, the theater - the bread and butter of which was vaudeville - survived. Let's take a look...


A look at Milwaukee's ghost signs kicks off new "Collage" series

Published Jan. 14, 2013

OnMilwaukee is honored to present the first in a new series called "Collage." This first video is the concept pilot for the series. It's curated by local filmmaker Kurt Raether of Honeycomb Productions and features artist Faythe Levine, Michael Drescher, CEO of Okanjo, Historic Milwaukee's Anna Marie-Opgenorth and Adam Carr from Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service discussing ghost signs in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward.