This self-taught architect designed many Milwaukee buildings still standing today

This self-taught architect designed many Milwaukee buildings still standing today

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While we’re spending more time at home, we’re using this opportunity to learn more about a few people who made a lasting impact on Milwaukee.

On this episode we’re learning about Sebastian Brand, a self-taught architect who designed dozens of Milwaukee fire stations, most of which are still standing.

Brand spent more than a decade as an active-duty firefighter, but a significant injury to his right arm left him unable to keep working in the field. He then turned his talents to designing firehouses full-time, something he had been doing on his own on a part-time basis.

Throughout his career, he went on to design many handsome firehouses, some in cream city brick, in several neighborhoods across Milwaukee. Some have been converted to other uses, like the restaurant Engine Company No. 3, while others remain in use today as fire stations.

Engine 31, 2400 S. 8th St. Photo credit: Bobby Tanzilo.

OnMilwaukee’s Bobby Tanzilo researched Brand’s life for this week’s Urban Spelunking episode. Listen to the podcast below, and be sure to read his complete story at OnMilwaukee.

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