28: Alley House

Taking a walk through the alleys of Riverwest is like stepping into another world, seeing the neighborhood from another side, from the inside of the block. Unlike the garage oriented alley that I grew up on, the alleys in Riverwest … Continued

27: Milwaukee Central Library

In the last month, the Central Library has been a regular part of my regimen. It’s a remarkable building, the atrium especially: a glorious dome ceiling, elegant marble piers and balustrades, and a mosaic floor. Milwaukee architects George Bowman Ferry … Continued

25: At the Tracks

Tracks tavern has been a Riverwest institution for over 40 years, and 1020 East Locust itself has housed a neighborhood saloon for 105 years. The white stucco façade and the one story addition along the south and east facades divert … Continued

24: Foundation

According to the Assessor’s office, Foundation was constructed in 1893. The building is a beautiful example of folk architecture common in the Riverwest and Brady Street areas. The street facing façade is simply composed with one central attic window and … Continued

23: Rayfield Apartments

I have long been curious about the apartment building at 1225-1229 East Wright. It stands out amidst its neighbors, this strange rectangular box unlike any of the surrounding fabric. The flat roof and lack of detail or composition imply a … Continued

22: Sydney Hih

A long-standing enigma on Milwaukee’s landscape, Sydney Hih, is hard to miss.  It stands alone as one of few to survive the wake of Park East Freeway. The freeway spur was constructed in the 1960s and removed around 2002 leaving … Continued

21: Holton Street State Bank

Riverwest’s first commercial district was centered along Clarke Street at the foot of St. Casimir. One block north, Center Street would rise as Riverwest’s thriving commercial district in the 1920s. A noticeable aesthetic difference exists between Center and Clarke Street … Continued

20: The Great Saloon Era

Saloons and taverns have forever been a place of nostalgia and socialization. As such, Milwaukee’s unique building stock is due in part to the breweries that have earned us the moniker, Brew City. Between the 1880s and 1907, Milwaukee’s breweries … Continued

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