Schoolhouse

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Urban Spelunking: The fauna of Eschweiler's former Philipp Elementary

Published Feb. 25, 2020

I admit that I've had a love affair with the former Emanuel L. Philipp School, 4310 N. 16th St., since I first stepped inside it six years ago. In fact, I was charmed before I even crossed the threshold, in part by the representations of fauna that adorn the entrance.

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Urban spelunking: Old North Milwaukee, Custer High & Edison Middle Schools

Published Feb. 13, 2020

Building names can come and go at public schools as neighborhoods change, as district needs change, as programs change. The currently vacant schoolhouse at 5372 N. 37th St. - listed for sale by the City of Milwaukee Department of City Development - had three names during its life span.

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Urban spelunking: James E. Groppi High School / 27th Street School

Published Aug. 27, 2019

Some Milwaukee Public Schools are like palimpsests in cream city brick, as architect after architect, school board after school board tinkered them, leaving tantalizing bits of the past peeking out from behind an endless parade of new contributions. A building that describes this process well is currently home to James E. Groppi High School, 1312 N. 27th St.

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Urban Spelunking: Escuela Vieau's "subway" tunnel

Published July 17, 2018

Milwaukee has no subway and it's never had one. At least not in the common usage of the word. But, recently, I got to walk the length of a Walker's Point "subway" tunnel.

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Urban Spelunking: A peek inside Benjamin Franklin School

Published Jan. 11, 2018

From the outside, on first glance, MPS' Benjamin Franklin School, 2308 W. Nash St., might look like a cookie-cutter place. But look more closely, and go inside, and you'll see that it is a beautiful 1920s-era schoolhouse with some handsome details.

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McKinley Elementary: A look inside a place that matters

Published July 13, 2017

I've long been eager to see inside the former McKinley School, 2001 W. Vliet St., which was shuttered and sold by MPS nearly 40 years ago. After a 2013 fire, the private day care and school located there closed. Now, there's a plan to renovate it into apartments and we take you inside.