Do you ever wonder how many cities have a rather centrally located private pet cemetery topped with a public monument by a respected artist, the unveiling of which was attended by the mayor? Well, we know one for sure: Milwaukee.
Most Wednesday nights during the summer, there's music at the beautiful art deco bandshell in Washington Park, thanks to a series curated by Washington Park Neighbors association, which for the past four years has rekindled a longstanding tradition in the park, one that embraces live music to build community.
Announced in September, the Mandel Group's $150 million Harbor Yards mixed-use development with a hotel, apartments, office space, public green space and more will remake the south bank of the Milwaukee River as it heads out to the lake. I went to see the former malting silos there before they come down.
Tucked away on County Line Road in Mequon, just west of Wauwatosa Road is a charming little farm at the end of a driveway flanked by stone posts. This place has a great history and it can be yours!
Last week, Brookfield-based North Shore Bank opened its new branch in an area that's come to be known as the North End. The branch, at 510 E. Pleasant St., was announced in 2018 and combines new construction with a brick house that appears to have been built in 1880.
The West Bend Theatre opened in the wake of a stock market crash in 1929 and survived. The now-renovated and restored venue celebrated its grand reopening a few weeks ago and was shuttered by the coronavirus social distancing that very same night.
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Some things just seem like they'll be around forever. Joe Ley Antiques, located in an 1890 schoolhouse at 615 E. Market St., in the Nulu section of Louisville, is one of them. But times are changing, and so is this city retail landmark.
Even if you'd never visited one of Enlightened Brewing's previous spaces - not far from its current home at 2020 S. Allis St. in Bay View - you'd be right to think the new place is pretty expansive, with its roughly 14,000 square feet.
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.
Rather than mourn the closing last November of his family's bar and restaurant, "Illinois Mike" Vitucci prefers to celebrate the fact that his family survived - and sometimes thrived - in this building and in this business for 85 years.
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.
From toilet and sink storage to temperature and humidity controlled storage for artwork that's so secure it's TSA-approved ... that's Guardian Fine Art Services, located in a 1924 building in the Menomonee Valley.
As massive as the former Pritzlaff Hardware Co. complex, 305-333 N. Plankinton Ave., on the corner of Plankinton and St. Paul seems now, consider the fact that just six of the 16 buildings currently survive. We stopped in for a look.
One of the oldest buildings in Downtown Milwaukee has stood sentinel at 320 E. Clybourn Ave. for nearly 150 years, weathering good times and bad. The building will become home to the Central Standard Craft Distillery tasting room, bottle shop and innovation distillery.