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Urban spelunking: Concordia University tunnels

Published May 23, 2019

At Concordia University in Mequon, nearly four miles of tunnels connect the campus buildings. These are corridors of every stripe. Some look just like "garden level" hallways, others basement corridors and still others are more utilitarian and industrial looking. One chilly day, I went up to see.

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You need to see inside this 1888 dairy set to become a new Deer District hotel

Published May 14, 2019

You really can't miss the place if you pass by. And if you've seen the 1888 Second Empire building with the mansard roof at 419 W. Vliet St. in the Haymarket -- it's painted blue -- you'd definitely remember. Built in 1888 by William P. Froehlich as a paper warehouse, a new plan would convert it quickly to a hotel.

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Urban spelunking: 20 Ton Studios in a former TMER&L electrical substation

Published May 13, 2019

Dotted across the Milwaukee landscape are a series of red brick buildings that are instantly recognizable to many as former substations built by the Milwaukee Electric Railway and Light Co. in the early years of the 20th century. We check out one on 20th and North that now houses artists studios.

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Urban spelunking: Home for Dependent Children / County Parks headquarters

Published May 7, 2019

The County Parks headquarters, 9508 W. Watertown Plank Rd., sits alone atop high ground on the Milwaukee County Grounds overlooking Watertown Plank Road, a not especially expressionistic cream city brick structure that is full of history that it embraces quietly. We went inside to learn more.

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Urban spelunking: St. John's Crypt, open this week for tours

Published May 1, 2019

As a fan of architecture and an occasional traveler to Europe and its many churches, I've seen a fair number of crypts - burial chambers beneath houses of worship - but I've never seen one quite like the crypt beneath Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 812 N. Jackson St. See it for yourself this week.

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