Urban Spelunking: Stratford Arms Hotel / MU’s former Jesuit Residence

Urban Spelunking: Stratford Arms Hotel / MU’s former Jesuit Residence

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Building to be demolished in July

A building at 14th and Wisconsin Ave. has a rich history — from ornate hotel and restaurant to a residence hall for Jesuit priests serving at Marquette University.  But next month, it is being demolished.  Keep scrolling to look inside — before it’s gone forever.

Since 1973, it has been home to dozens of priests serving at Marquette University.

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About 40 priests would live there at at time, at least until last October, when they moved out and into a new residence at 14th and Wells.  But if you walk around the old place today, you can still find hints from its past, including a menu on the wall — a “last supper” of sorts.

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But digging even deeper into its history, the building was known as the Stratford Arms Hotel and Restaurant, a swanky mid-century hotel reminiscent of a set from the TV show Mad Men.

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It was kind of like an extended stay residence hotel you’d see today, but with a much more luxurious feel.  Looking at the pictures, you can easily envision the bar packed with well dressed patrons, sipping boozy cocktails and relaxing in its curvy leather booths.

Click the player above to hear OnMilwaukee’s Bobby Tanzilo tell me about his recent visit, and follow this link to read his column.