Here’s our ‘Urban Spelunking’ preview of Doors Open 2022

Here’s our ‘Urban Spelunking’ preview of Doors Open 2022

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Every week on Urban Spelunking, Radio Milwaukee’s Nate Imig and OnMilwaukee’s Bobby Tanzilo dig into the buildings and architectural features that help retain the city’s sense of history while it builds for the future.

Historic Milwaukee’s premier community event — Doors Open — returns this weekend, and it will once again be back to its full scale after a reduced lineup in 2021.

Attendees can go behind-the-scenes at 100+ buildings and spaces normally closed to the public during the two-day event, and they can design a schedule that suits their interests. The majority of the tours are free, but there is also a selection of ticketed experiences for a deeper historical dive.

The National Block, a primarily brick building with many windows on the corner of National Avenue and Fifth Street in Milwaukee.
The National Block / The George is one of the options during Doors Open 2022. (Photo courtesy: Bobby Tanzilo / OnMilwaukee)

And if you’re looking for some inspiration for your Doors Open weekend, you’re in luck! On this week’s Urban Spelunking podcast, Bobby and I run though his list of curated Doors Open destinations and wrap up the episode with a cool baker’s dozen, including Radio Milwaukee’s very own Walker’s Point headquarters.

Old North Milwaukee village hall and firehouse, a red and cream city brick building on North 35th Street.
Old North Milwaukee village hall and firehouse dates back to 1900. (Photo courtesy: Bobby Tanzilo / OnMilwaukee)

Listen to the podcast to learn about the following spots — and plenty more:

  • David Barnett Gallery / Henry H. Button House
  • Best Place
  • Survive Alive House
  • Frank Lloyd Wright’s System-Built houses
  • 20 Ton Studios in a former TMER&L electrical substation
  • Arts @ Large
  • National Block / The George
  • Old North Milwaukee village hall and firehouse
  • Model Railroad Club / Allis Station
  • Story Hill Firehouse
  • Wisconsin Black Historical Society

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