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15 behind the scenes photos at The Pabst Mansion

Published May 9, 2018

Come with me to see the progress on the restoration of The Pabst Mansion's third floor and also peek into the basement and attic, and experience the view from the roof of this Milwaukee landmark.

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Hidden Gem: Regano's Roman Coin bowling lanes

Published July 14, 2017

Milwaukee is awash in rumors about secret bowling alleys, hidden tunnels and former rooming houses. But in the case of Regano's Roman Coin, a family-owned bar at 1004 E. Brady St., it's true. Well, most of it.

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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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Gothic Milwaukee: 10 great buildings

Published June 9, 2013

One could expend a lot of verbiage on Gothic churches here, so to make sure this list of 10 great Gothic buildings in Milwaukee doesn't become a list of 10 Gothic churches in Milwaukee, I've limited myself to one house of worship. You may or may not agree about these buildings being the best examples of Gothic architecture in Milwaukee but you can't deny they are all landmarks and lovely ones at that.

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Urban Spelunking: Pabst's enduring pavilion faces extinction

Published May 20, 2013

Thanks to Erik Larson's 2003 bestseller, "The Devil in the White City," yet another generation is fascinated by the 1893 Chicago World's Fair: Columbian Exposition. Despite its enduring - in itself somewhat surprising - popularity, little remains of this by all accounts stunning little temporary city. One survivor serves as the entrance and gift shop to The Pabst Mansion, 2000 W. Wisconsin Ave., and it is in increasingly desperate condition.

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Urban spelunking: Behind the scenes at The Pabst Theater

Published Feb. 22, 2012

Even in the most familiar places, there are hidden secrets: different angles, unusual views that offer a new look at an old friend. Consider The Pabst Theater. Certainly you know what it looks like from the street and, more than likely, you've seen it from a plush seat, too. Now, we take you behind the scenes for a new look.