Results tagged with 'Urban spelunking'
Published Dec. 2, 2013
Don't feel bad if you've never seen the plaque affixed to 100 East Wisconsin, explaining the historical relevance of the northwest corner of Water and Wisconsin. It's on the lower level of the building, facing the RiverWalk. I've passed it countless times and never noticed. But one day it caught my eye. I took some photographs and spent some time digging to fill in a bit more of the story of this corner that is the birthplace of Milwaukee.
Published Nov. 26, 2013
In the low, dimly lit space beneath St James Episcopal Church, 833 W. Wisconsin Ave., there's a hissing sound and a horizontal geyser of steam shooting out of a pipe. It immediately grabs your attention. Until you see the tall thin grave stone leaning up against a brick column. St. James is built atop the former Spring Street Burying Ground. They think all the human remains were removed when the church bought the property in 1850, but a few scattered headstones mark a lingering doubt.
Published Nov. 21, 2013
You can spend thousands of dollars to fly to Europe and see some really beautiful churches. Or you can do much the same thing for free here in Milwaukee, where it seems nearly every block is within singing distance of a church. One of the most beautiful - and remarkably unchanged - churches is Trinity Evangelical Lutheran, 1046 N. 9th St., designed by Frederick Velguth, and resident on just about any register of historic places you can think of - city, state, national.
Published Nov. 18, 2013
The Court of Honor is a series of statues, most honoring military figures, that line the median strip in West Wisconsin Avenue between 9th and 10th Streets. But, while the name is well suited to public art that pays tribute to American veterans, that's not where the name comes from.
Published Nov. 11, 2013
I enjoy the process. Seeing the progress. That's why I like looking at artists' studies for paintings. It's why I like hearing unreleased demo versions of songs I enjoy. Lately, I've been been noticing buildings drawn by the same hand that share similar features.
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