Phone Call with a Detective

Posted by on October 9, 2017 at 1:01 pm

Earlier this year I was contacted by a detective regarding a video that had appeared on YouTube. I was not involved, but definitely curious about who or what the detective was after. Wisconsin is a single party consent state when it comes to recording. I decided to call back the detective seeing as I had […]

Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company

Posted by on September 6, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Photo (source): Postcard of the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company as it appeared circa 1908. With the colloquial Brew City nickname and a baseball team called the Brewers, Milwaukee is synonymous with beer. Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company was once the largest in the United States and its slogan boasted that it was “the beer that made […]

Alexian Brothers Novitiate

Posted by on February 17, 2013 at 9:09 am

Photo: All that remains of the Alexian Brothers Novitiate. The well-to-do widow of lawyer F. M. Peters, Mrs. Jennie Peters, dearly loved her daughter. In the latter portion of the 1930’s architects John King and Gordon Feldhausen were tasked with creating a unique building just for her. Unlike the farmhouses, barns, and silos typical for […]

American Urbex E.19 – Under MKE

Posted by on April 8, 2012 at 11:44 am

Robert Burns talks about his underground explorations, creative tools, and fascinating discoveries. Robert Burns, aka Under MKE, on Flickr. The Under MKE book on Blurb. Support the Milwaukee art scene by visiting Redline Milwaukee online or in person. If you are in Milwaukee be sure to check out Ryan Tretow’s exhibition Urban Decay: Ruins of […]

Haven Motel Demolition

Posted by on October 10, 2011 at 12:50 am
Haven Main Office

The Haven Motel (formerly Lein Motel) was one of the early urbex locations that inspired American Urbex. After discovering the location I did a quick Google search and discovered that the diminutive motel once attracted international celebrity. I have occasionally kept tabs on the accelerated decay of the location since moving into the area. It […]

Madison Protests

Posted by on March 13, 2011 at 4:32 pm

A record crowd of over 100,000 people descended on the Wisconsin Capitol Building in Madison yesterday to protest the bill that strips public unions of their right to collective bargaining. Gov. Walker (R) has already signed the bill into law, which has moved the Democrats to call for the recall of eight WI senators and […]

Haven Motel – Update

Posted by on March 3, 2011 at 10:15 pm
Haven Motels

Photo: The main office of the Haven Motel on March 3, 2011. On the way home I passed the Haven Motel, which has been covered here on American Urbex previously. If you haven’t made your way to this location yet, do so within the near future. The elements are wreaking havoc on all of the […]

Madison Protests

Posted by on February 19, 2011 at 9:12 pm
Protest Against Gov. Scott Walker

For two days this week I joined the throngs of protesters in support of unions’ rights to collective bargaining, which Gov. Scott Walker (R) plans to do away with entirely. After just one month in office Gov. Walker has given corporate interests budget deals that have created a $137 million dollar deficit. This deficit of […]

Milwaukee County School of Agriculture and Domestic Economy

Posted by on January 10, 2011 at 4:10 pm
Milw-School-Agriculture Mar10

Photo (source): The administration building. Wisconsin has a strong cultural background in agriculture. One of Wisconsin’s first attempts at providing technical education resulted in the Milwaukee County School of Agriculture and Domestic Economy in Wauwatosa. The site of the former high school enjoys protected status on the National Register of Historic Places, State Register of […]

Finding Your Old House on American Urbex

Posted by on January 6, 2011 at 4:45 pm
The Abandoned

In 2007 I explored a fascinating abandoned farmhouse on the outskirts of Waupun, Wisconsin. There was a great amount of personal effects left behind: keys, a social security card, letter correspondence, checks, etcetera. How someone could leave all this behind was just baffling. Trying to figure out the riddle appealed to my senses and furthered […]