Sydney hih


New home for Sydney HIH building letters

Published Sept. 28, 2018

The Sydney HIH letters are now at the new Tavern at Turner Hall and available to the public for viewing. Plus, Tavern softly opens today.


The life and death of Sydney Hih

Published July 27, 2017

The massive, decrepit, patchwork-painted Sydney Hih (pronounced "high") buildings, which splayed on the corner of 3rd and Juneau from the mid-1800s to 2012, went through many transformations over the years, but are remembered by many Milwaukeeans as a sanctuary of counter-culture that created and quelled bands, businesses, relationships and lives.


9 dramatic Milwaukee fire photos

Published Feb. 9, 2015

We asked retired Milwaukee firefighter Wayne Mutza - who has also authored books on the history of and his time with the Milwaukee Fire Dept. - about some of the most dramatic fires in Milwaukee history. Here, Mutza - whose brother Dale Mutza photographed many Milwaukee fire scenes - shares nine of them.


Sydney Hih letters to become public art

Published Jan. 17, 2013

On Friday, Jan. 18, the nine metal letters that spelled out Sydney Hih on the front of the building will be reborn as public art at The Shops of Grand Avenue, 275 W. Wisconsin Ave.


Washday's works of musical art are truly Milwaukee-made

Published Nov. 5, 2012

The holidays are right around the corner, so it's not too soon to think about the Milwaukee musician with an eye for history and folk art (or rock and roll art, depending on your tastes). Veteran local musician Johnny Washday (of, yes, streetcorner roots music crew Johnny on Washday) is hosting a cigar box guitar sale at Gallery 911, 911 W. National Ave., in Walker's Point.


Should we say goodbye to Sydney Hih?

Published July 8, 2012 asked musicians who actually lived and / or worked in the buildings what they thought the future of the controversial Sydney Hih should include. Should it stay or should it go?


New life for Sydney HIH?

Published July 3, 2012

Today, I received an email that local developer John Raettig sent to Ald. Robert Bauman. It explains his ideas for the Sydney HIH building. It's posted below so I'll let it do the talking,


Why weird works

Published June 14, 2012

My wife recently made a very Austin-type comment - Milwaukee needs more weird. So, of course, I told her to blog her thoughts. Here they are.


Downtown's Gus's Deli is closed

Published Jan. 31, 2009

Hosseini opened the first Gus's Mexican Cantina on the ground level in the Park East's Sydney Hih Building. In 1995, he added an Old World 3rd Street location and in 1999, opened Gus's Deli on Van Buren Street.


A first look at the Residences at Hotel Palomar

Published March 13, 2008 has the first look at a rendering for the Residences at Hotel Palomar, a new $160 million, high-design, mixed-use development in the Park East corridor Downtown.


Homicide Commission under fire

Published March 5, 2008

Members of the Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission will update the city's Public Safety Committee on its progress this week.


Kimpton Hotels comes to town

Published Dec. 21, 2006

Kimpton Hotels will build a 180-room hotel in the Park East at the Sydney Hih building location and around the mainly undeveloped block near Old World 3rd and 4th Streets, and Juneau and McKinley Avenues.