Hidden History of Milwaukee

Hidden History of Milwaukee

by Robert Tanzilo


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Join OnMilwaukee.com's Bobby Tanzilo for a behind-the-scenes tour of Milwaukee's past. Sail out to the Breakwater Lighthouse, scramble up the wings of the Milwaukee Art Museum and dig up the city's roots on the corner of Water Street and Wisconsin Avenue. Seize the chance to do a little urban spelunking and explore basilicas, burial grounds and breweries. Ring the bell in the city hall tower, and take a turn around the secret indoor track at a Montessori school. No space is off limits in these untold stories of the Cream City's most familiar places and celebrated landmarks.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626194519
Publisher: The History Press
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Series: Hidden History
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 400,313
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Robert Tanzilo is managing editor at OnMilwaukee.com, a daily online city magazine. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, he now lives in Milwaukee. He is the author of four previous books, including two published by The History Press.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction 11

1 Where Milwaukee Was Born: Digging Down into Water and Wisconsin 13

2 Scaling City Hall Tower 17

3 On the Wings of the Milwaukee Art Museum's Brise Soled 25

4 Sailing Out to Milwaukee Breakwater Lighthouse 29

5 Standing on the Shores of Lake Emily 33

6 Behind the Scenes: The Domes 39

7 Signing My Name atop the Dome of the Basilica of St. Josaphat 45

8 Tiffany Windows Shine a Light on St. Paul's Beauty 51

9 Unexpected Treasures Uncovered in St. Francis 59

10 St. James Church and the Spring Street Burying Ground 59

11 Popping In to See the Old Mitchell Place 67

12 A Look Inside James Douglas's Collins House 73

13 Pabst's Chicago World's Fair Pavilion Survives in Milwaukee 77

14 Spelunking in Milwaukee's Oldest Brewery Building 83

15 Downtown Tavern Is the City's Oldest Schoolhouse 89

16 Pevnick Design's Tech Wonders Wow during Old School Tour 93

17 The Secret Indoor Track at Juneau/MacDowell Montessori School 97

18 Endangered Old Schoolhouses 101

19 Malig's Work Is All around Us 109

20 A Look Inside a Sebastian Brand Firehouse 113

21 The Public Service Building's Art Deco Auditorium 117

22 Wisconsin Telephone Building Survives a Century of Change 121

23 Inside the U.S. Federal Courthouse 125

24 Like a Moth to the Wisconsin Gas Flame 131

25 Preserving the National Soldiers' Home Historic District 135

26 Restored Wright House Helps Return Luster to Neglected System-Built Homes 141

27 Behind the Scenes: Turner Hall 145

28 Behind the Scenes: The Riverside Theater 151

29 Behind the Scenes: The Pabst Theater 155

30 Behind the Glass: Treasures of Milwaukee Public Library's Krug Rare Books Room 159

31 Digging into Wisconsin Architectural History at Milwaukee Public Library 167

32 Tower Automotive Site Reflects Changes in Milwaukee 169

33 Brewing Tip Milorganite 175

34 Eschweiler Buildings Threatened with Extinction 181

Index 185

About the Author 191

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