Schlitz brewery

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Brewery Spelunking: Climbing the Schlitz Malt House turret

Published March 28, 2019

One perk of my job is that when I go places, folks who know my Urban Spelunking series are not only willing, but even eager, to take me to rarely visited spaces. Like when I was invited up to scale the turret atop the former Schlitz Malt House, now MPS' Golda Meir School upper campus.

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The 32-acre Schlitz Park, now 100% occupied, has been sold

Published Feb. 6, 2019

After signing an agreement to purchase Schlitz Park, the office complex created on the site and within some of the remaining buildings of the old Schlitz Brewery, TPG Real Estate and Crestlight Capital have announced that they have closed the deal and now own the sprawling complex.

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Urban Spelunking: A former tavern & new home for Victory Garden

Published June 14, 2018

Earlier this year, Victory Garden Initiative announced that it would purchase a former corner tavern at 3279 N. Richards St. in Harambee and renovate it for its new Farmhouse - A Place to Gather and Create. We go inside the building and its history.

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Brewery Spelunking: Lakefront Brewery

Published July 21, 2017

Lakefront Brewery's 19th-century home has seen a lot of changes on Commerce Street since it was built in 1890. We take a look at some of them here.

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Urban spelunking: Schlitz tied houses, like Dehne's Upper 90 Sports Pub

Published March 2, 2017

Tied-houses - taverns built and owned by breweries - helped make Milwaukee a city of corner bars. More than a century after the tied-house boom in Brew City, these structures have become an iconic architectural feature of the city, too. Here we look at some Schlitz taverns.

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Urban Spelunking: Milwaukee Youth Arts Center

Published May 17, 2016

Typically, Milwaukee's oldest buildings reveal themselves readily. But sometimes, behind facades of glass and steel, you can find a portal into Brew City history. One such place is the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, 325 W. Walnut St., a facility that glows like a new building.

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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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Welcome back, Brown Bottle

Published July 3, 2014

Downtown Milwaukee's Schlitz Park has the energy and rebirth needed to bring back a Milwaukee institution, The Brown Bottle, 221 W. Galena St. And that's exactly what's happening.