Inside the Eschweilers

Nov 27, 2012

Some time in the next few days, the first major physical signs of new development will take place at the Milwaukee County Grounds in Wauwatosa. A parkway will be constructed as the construction of UWM's new Innovation Park gets underway. The first new building will be a business incubator facility.


Click to Enlarge PhotoThe former Administration building on the Milwaukee County Grounds is one of four buildings there designed by Alexander Eschweiler. Their fate is in question in the midst of new development.
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"I think people were surprised, both at the state of disrepair, but also in the feeling of potential that's especially evident in the Administration building." - Jon Olson, reporter, Wauwatosa Now.

But nearby, some century-old buildings on the County Grounds stand by, awaiting the news of their fate. The four buildings once housed a school, and were designed by the noted architect Alexander Eschweiler. Preservationists hope to save at least one of those buildings, though the cost is likely to be steep.

Jon Olson is a reporter who covers city government and other stories for the Journal Communications suburban weekly, Wauwatosa Now. He described his impressions of the interior buildings and their uncertain future in a recent "reporter's notebook" piece. Olson told Lake Effect's Mitch Teich about the history that led to Eschweiler buildings to this point.