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Last look: 1928 Richard Philipp-designed mansion in Whitefish Bay

Published May 22, 2020

This week, a team from Habitat for Humanity's ReStore has been salvaging details from a 1928 lakefront home, designed by architect Richard Philipp, for sale in its Milwaukee stores, where, hopefully, the items will find new uses in other buildings and, at the same, will help fund Habitat's mission to build homes in the city.

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Whitefish Bay commission votes to allow razing of 1928 Richard Philipp mansion

Published April 22, 2020

According to a report Wednesday in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Village of Whitefish Bay's Architectural Review Commission recently voted unanimously to allow owner John Brodersen - who owns a number of fast food franchises in the area - to tear down the six-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath home and build a new one in its stead.

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Urban spelunking: The American Club in Kohler

Published July 31, 2018

In these times when immigration is such a divisive issue in our country, the centennial of The American Club in Kohler is a good reminder of the role immigrants have played in the United States.

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Some hotels offer a view onto history

Published March 6, 2014

There are hotels that occupy purpose-built structures, like The Pfister. And there are hotels that are created in the shells of buildings erected for other purposes, like the Hampton Inn on West Wisconsin Avenue, which occupies a converted office building. Over the years, I've stayed in both. A few of the latter kind of hotel have remained planted firmly in my memory. Here are some of them.

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First look: The revamped Horse & Plow

Published May 9, 2013

The bowling alleys are long gone, but the loss has never affected the popularity of The Horse & Plow pub in The American Club at Kohler. The subterranean pub and grille was especially bustling during a recent Tuesday visit as the lunch service drew a mix of locals, resort guests and - because the weather was good - golfers to the eatery, which recently got a bit of a facelift.

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Urban spelunking in an old Milwaukee schoolhouse

Published April 8, 2012

As a kid, the lower levels of the school were entirely off limits to students and thus seemed extremely mysterious to me. So, when, thanks to the building engineer, I recently got an impromptu tour of the building's spaces that are rarely seen by anyone beyond the engineer himself, it made me feel like a kid again.