Foreground (Old), Middle Ground (Older), Background (New)


Something about the shapes of these rooflines in Downtown Milwaukee caught my attention while I walked between meetings this afternoon. One building sort of rolls away into the next, hopscotching among eras of architectural history as our gaze is pulled successively outward, from plane to plane, in the telescoping depth of field.

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. I also volunteer with a Milwaukee homeless sanctuary, Repairers of the Breach, as chair of the Communications and Fund Development Committee.
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3 Responses to Foreground (Old), Middle Ground (Older), Background (New)

  1. Sally Cissna says:

    This is just great, Katie. I’m an old building lover, myself. Something about the life and death of human endeavor that fascinates. Juxtaposing the old and the new like this is such a good observation. We often, of course tear down the old, dying structures, to make way for the new. I was working the the Architectural Engineering department at MSOE when the building in the back ground went up. I took several groups of first year students up to the top in a construction cage to experience (just a little bit) working on high-rise construction. But I can’t for the life of me remember what they tore down to put that building up right in the middle of downtown Milwaukee.

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    • I wish I had moved here in time to see the old Pabst building that formerly stood on the site of the 100 East Wisconsin building. What a gorgeous building that was! (At least in the photos I’ve seen 😄) It sounds like you really gave your students good experiences. I would love to have taken that class with you!


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