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City will review nomination to add Sheridan Apartments to historic list

Published Feb. 26, 2020

There are a number of fine vintage apartment buildings in Milwaukee, full of attractive ornament and classic design. One of them - the 1927 Sheridan Apartments, next to the Eagles Club, at 2435 W. Wisconsin Ave. - is being nominated for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Progress Report: The conversion of The Fortress building to apartments

Published March 29, 2018

The old F. Mayer Boot & Shoe Co. building - aka The Fortress - is in the midst of a major conversion from a variety of uses (industrial, retail, artist studios, band rehearsal spaces and more) into apartments. We went inside to see how the project is coming along.

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Urban Spelunking: F. Mayer Boot & Shoe Co., aka "The Fortress"

Published Aug. 31, 2017

"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.

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Ambassador rebrands Envoy restaurant and lounge concepts

Published May 9, 2017

Ambassador Hotel owner Rick Wiegand announced this morning that Chef Jason Gorman will "reimagine" the hotel's food and beverage options. Envoy restaurant will become The Fitz, and the bar across the hall will become Gin Rickey.

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Chef Jason Gorman joins Ambassador Hotel as culinary director

Published March 16, 2017

Chef Jason Gorman's career includes work at a variety of notable establishments, including The Iron Horse Hotel, The Art Institute of Chicago, Mangia Wine Bar in Kenosha and Dream Dance Steak. And now he'll bring his flair for bold flavors to the Ambassador Hotel.

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Urban spelunking: Tower Theater

Published Feb. 18, 2016

Next time you're at the Oriental, take a good look around. Imagine the loss if it were to close. If the seats were ripped out. If the balcony were to be walled off. If you did all that, you'd have the theater's sibling, The Tower, 757 N. 27th St., which closed in 1975.