At the dawn of 2015, a small, unremarkable box came into my life. That box introduced me to respected art historian Earl Rosenthal.
Milwaukee art institute
Bay View was only an independent municipality for less than a decade, but well over a century after its annexation by the city of Milwaukee in 1887, the neighborhood still feels like a village. And perhaps nothing captures that spirit more than the paintings of Bay View by Milwaukee-born artist Ferd Wagner - whose passion for painting the outdoors endured for his entire life - that adorn the auditorium of the 1922 Bay View High School.
The Calatrava deserves all the accolades, but the War Memorial is a part of the architecture that defines Milwaukee.