TMER&L Auditorium

A high resolution view of the auditorium of the Public Service Building as it looked when finished in June 1906 via Gigapan.

Open Mic

Time again for the open mic. Here’s your chance to ask questions or tell a story, preferably related to Milwaukee history! I encourage you to participate!

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Milwaukee Night Life 1967

This article from the Milwaukee Journal of February 23, 1967 talks about several of the newer night clubs that opened in downtown. They range from music clubs to dance, and themed clubs. One that still remains is the Safehouse which opened in 1966.

The Nauti-gal was something which hopefully didn’t last too long. It seemed like something that was the epitome of the 1960’s. Dancing waitresses would be different to put it nicely. This ad from the Nauti-Gal in the March 5, 1967 Milwaukee Journal explains the idea. Are you ready?

Missing Milwaukee Presentation

The Milwaukee County Historical Society will host a presentation of my Missing Milwaukee book this Thursday. I will talk about about some of the buildings in the book and show a slide show of various buildings. If you haven’t seen the presentation yet, this will be a perfect opportunity. Books will be available for sale after the presentation and I will be available to answer your questions!

When: ​Thursday, October 11th, 7:00pm
Where: The Historical Center, at 910 N. Old World Third Street in Downtown Milwaukee.
Admission: FREE

The Gilpatrick Hotel

The Gilpatrick Hotel was relatively short lived as Milwaukee hotels go but it had an interesting history nonetheless. It was opened in 1907 on North 3rd Street where the Hyatt currently sits. The Hyatt has actually been there longer than the Gilpatrick. Here are a few interesting items from my collection on the history of the Gilpatrick.

Be sure to see the re-enactment of the attempted assassination of Theodore Roosevelt on Sunday!

As it looked in 1937:

Remember When from July 12, 1970:

From the Milwaukee Journal, July 31, 1970:

Ruins in the River

Interesting things are showing up in the river, apparently.

There is a rather large construction project taking place right now near the Urban Ecology Center, along the Milwaukee River. They are apparently removing an embankment that appears to have been a former landfill site. At the moment, they have unearthed what appears to be the remains of a beautiful old building. The attached image shows one element, but there are also large sections of dental moulding (concrete), doric or ionic columns, etc.

Attached is a link to the exact location of the project.

I thought perhaps your folks might help identify the building. I’m not sure if this is something you are interested in, but I would advise that it appears as though much has already been cleared and I’m not sure where they are taking the fill.

Sincerely,
Jessica St. John

Old School Questions

HI

I just located a 1906 postcard of a Milwaukee school and while it resembles the 2nd Ward 2nd district school built in 1889 there are differences. Mix built the 2nd ward 2nd district and this looks so much like it.

Yance, anyone–any ideas. First school is the new unidentified one. I’m wondering where it was.

and second is the 2nd ward Mix building.

Thanks .

Ellen Puerzer
author
Octagon House Book
http://berniepuer.ipower.com/octagonbook/index.html

1969, A Milwaukee Space Odyssey

Way back in the late 60’s, astronaut James Lovell was a household name in his hometown of Milwaukee. He was among the crew of Apollo 8 who were the first to orbit the moon in December of 1968. Milwaukee capitalized on their hometown hero by creating a short lived space museum within the MacArthur Square parking structure. It was dubbed the James A. Lovell Space Center and was administered by the Milwaukee Public Museum.

When funding was dropped in 1969 from the City budget, the space museum couldn’t survive. Objects and displays on loan from NASA were taken away and the lights were turned off on October 26, 1969.

Attempted Assassination of Teddy Roosevelt – October 14

Join Historic Milwaukee, Inc. for this free event on Sunday, October 14 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the attempted assassination of Teddy Roosevelt. This will be a re-enactment and speech about the event that amazed Milwaukee. Details available on their website.

Reader Questions

What is the oldest building in Milwaukee?

-Anonymous

This is a question I have got several times. Because I could not answer it on the spot, now is the time. If you want the trick answer, then it is the Joan of Arc Chapel on the Marquette University campus. It was built in the 15th century in France and moved to its present home in 1964.

I believe the oldest, whole building in Milwaukee is the Benjamin Church house which now sits in Estabrook Park but originally was near 4th & Galena. Several downtown churches, St. Mary’s on Broadway and Kilbourn and St. John’s at Wells and Jackson have been around since the late 1840s although they have had many major changes over the years.

The oldest, whole building in downtown which probably hasn’t had as many changes is the James Brown residence at the northeast corner of Astor and Juneau. It was finished in 1851 and has recently been restored to its original style.