One of the city's oldest houses is about to go on the market, which means you could own and live in a little piece of Milwaukee history. But just how old is it? That's hard to say.
Recently, I went back for a look at the finished Arts @ Large headquarters, completed last summer, and what an overhaul and new life the building at 1100 S. 5th St. ï¿½" built as a retail and apartment building for meat magnate Patrick Cudahy in 1891 ï¿½" has gotten.
Just as Katie Crowle was reaching the finish line of a massive renovation project to transform an 1868 church into a wedding and events venue, the coronavirus pandemic hit Milwaukee.
A year after Crestlight Capital and TPG Real Estate bought Schlitz Park from the Grunau and Sampson families - who purchased the property in 1983 af the brewery had ceased operations there and converted it into an office park - the 32-acre site is getting a refresh.
The university has listed the Alumni House, 3230 E. Kenwood Blvd., for sale. The three-strory, 25,553-square-foot Tudor Revival home, with 14 bedrooms and 175 feet of lake frontage on its 3.9-acre property is assessed at $1.93 million.
When the new owners showed me around the Koeffler/Baumgarten double house, 817-9 N. Marshall St., last autumn and told me the 1898 home would be ready to open as a hotel in advance of this summerï¿½TMs Democratic National Convention, I was a little skeptical. But they've done it, COVID and all.
With all due respect to the striking Museum of Wisconsin Art and the many treasures that make West Bend a great place to geek out on architecture, it is the 1889 Washington County Courthouse that is the true gem of the county seat.
When Milwaukee County tapped architect Albert Randolph Ross to draw a monumental new courthouse for a site high above Kilbourn Avenue, it wanted some adorn the inside with art. For this, it tapped a Wisconsin artist to create 25 canvases.
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.
Though it's only been mentioned in passing during the exciting renovation of the 1930 Warner Grand Theater into the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's new home and performance venue, the 1981 mural on the east side of the building's tower will get a much-needed facelift as part of the massive project.
Police call boxes that once stood sentinel on street corners all across Milwaukee have been such a part of the landscape for so long that many people don't even notice them. But they're a treasure, reminding us of the continuity of city life here and of a time when we wanted things to not only work well but to look good.
Grant Park's Seven Bridges Trail - there are more than seven! - is one of the best to be had in the County Parks. We take a walk on the trail but also through its history.
You may have noticed that after two decades, Fluid on 2nd, 819 S. 2nd St., in Walker's Point, recently changed its logo. That new design also gave owner Bill Wardlow inspiration for a theme for this year's holiday decor in the tavern, which he describes as, "a progressive gay bar ... open to everyone."
You can see the soaring St. Michael's Catholic Church steeple - the second-tallest in town - from everywhere in its West Side neighborhood. But get close and at least as striking as the church is the 1885 former convent at 2414 W. Vliet St., now home to Acts Housing.
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.