Thursday, August 23, 2012

Milwaukee's Heritage Faces Devastating Blow

A little less brew in this city. Milwaukee's Historic Schlitz brew house, built in 1890, is set to face the wrecking ball. A travesty for our historical heritage.

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Developer Gary Grunau is proceeding with his plans to demolish the former Schlitz brew house and replace it with a park as part of the next phase of redeveloping Schlitz Park.

That demolition is to begin by December and is expected to be completed by March, Grunau said Tuesday.

The 45,000-square-foot park, Brew House Square, will be an amenity for tenants at the 46-acre business park.

This is a real shame. Just look at the details in this building. I love the famous cream city brick, which would look even more beautiful after a good cleaning. This place is a treasure! They simply don't make buildings like this anymore. From time to time, I flip through books on Milwaukee that feature old, black and white photos of homes and other buildings that are no longer around. Many of these buildings were leveled in the 1960s and 70s, that sad era of iconoclasm. I wonder what people were thinking to allow such architectural pearls to be demolished. People are going to wonder the same thing about this generation with the loss of this building. Once it's gone, it's gone forever. It will be a sad day for Milwaukee when this comes crashing down.

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