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The local company that saved this historic Greendale building

There isn't anywhere quite like the Village of Greendale in the Milwaukee area. Pay it a visit, and you'll notice it's particularly quaint, and that design was no accident.

The town was built as a planned community, following the Great Depression, complete with "pathways, green space, unique homes and historic civic buildings," according to its official website.

Then in 2012, Greendale was named a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Much of that original charm remains to this day.

At the center of the village sits a 1938 building that was used as a multipurpose government hub. Over the decades it was home to the police and fire stations, and the building also had a courtroom and a jail inside. Maybe not the most alluring place to visit recreationally, but certainly essential.

Those services were were moved to other locations over the years, and the building had been vacant since 1998. There was talk, briefly, of tearing it down, but in 2018 it was completely remodeled for an entirely different use.

Listen to this week's podcast to learn more about its current tenant, and check out Bobby Tanzilo's complete story at

Director of Digital Content | Radio Milwaukee