"The Fortress," that complex complex of at least six connected buildings - including the one with the Medieval-looking tower - that were once home to the F. Mayer Boot & Shoe Co., is soon to be transformed into apartments. We took a look inside before the changes come.
Though the language and country of origin is different, St. Martini Lutheran Church and School continues to serve as a vibrant landmark in the heart of a Milwaukee immigrant community on the city's near South Side.
There is no shortage of stories to tell about Milwaukee's Brumder Mansion, 3046 W. Wisconsin Ave. These days, the 1910 Arts & Crafts home on 31st and Wisconsin is a bed & breakfast with a theater. But there's a lot of history in the place, too.
When Milwaukee's West Side High School graduated its first class in 1898, it published "Hesper," its yearbook. A copy of the book is preserved at Milwaukee Public Library and it opens a window into one of Milwaukee's earliest high schools.
Schnetzky and Liebert's four-domed classic revival masterpiece at 135 E. Wells St., is getting a new lease on life.
The day that I followed the steeples from St. John's Lutheran on Vliet Street to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church on North 4th Street, I spied another steeple straight up the block and it was then that I discovered the former Evangelische Dreieinigkeits Kirche at the corner of 4th and Meinecke. What I found there was not only a beautiful church, but some forgotten Milwaukee history.
Thanks to Doors Open's Amy Grau - who brought me and architect Keith Stachowiak along for the adventure - I walked through nearly the entire length of that tunnel, proving my grandfather's story correct.
I enjoy the process. Seeing the progress. That's why I like looking at artists' studies for paintings. It's why I like hearing unreleased demo versions of songs I enjoy. Lately, I've been been noticing buildings drawn by the same hand that share similar features.
The exterior of the German-English Academy, owned now for a second time by MSOE, is a stunner. Two gorgeous cream city brick schoolhouses have been connected to create an architectural and educational landmark at 1020 N. Broadway. We got a chance to go inside recently, and here's what we found.
As much as Milwaukeeans treasure some of the city's landmarks, few of us know much about the folks who created them.