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American Swedish Institute

The American Swedish Institute is likely the most ornate house in the midwest open to the public. The original owners, the Turnblad family, made their fortune with a Swedish language newspaper. The mansion has every feature de rigueur to the… Continue Reading →

Weisman Art Museum

Clinging to the banks of the Mississippi, the Frederick R Weisman Art Museum looks like it landed, rather than was built. One of famed architect Frank Gehry’s designs, the museum is a convoluted, twisting silver mass reminiscent of one of… Continue Reading →

Architectural Antiques

Housed in an old warehouse, Architectural Antiques hosts a vast array of salvaged architectural features. Many of the most graceful details on historic architecture end up in dumpsters – lighting fixtures, glass doorknobs, stained glass windows, wood paneling and more…. Continue Reading →

Bakken Museum

Come for the architecture, stay for the electric shocks! No wait, maybe it’s the other way around? The Bakken Museum’s focus is on electricity, its history and properties. Founded by Earl Bakken, inventor of the first battery operated pace-maker, the… Continue Reading →

Haggerty Museum of Art

The Haggerty Museum of Art is a small but elegant museum located on the Marquette University Campus, Milwaukee. The museum regularly has 2-3 exhibits on display. Take an hour when you are in Milwaukee to admire both the art and… Continue Reading →

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

If you’re in the Wauwatosa area, take a few minutes to go look at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. Though it rarely allows visitors in for tours, this crazy, unique building is worth a look. Built by the high priest… Continue Reading →

Mushroom Houses Of Charlevoix

Just an hour south of Mackinaw City (gateway to fudge and Amish vacationland Mackinac Island) is the town of Charlevoix. Dotting this charming town are 8 stone “mushroom” houses, built built by Earl Young. These little houses look like Hobbit… Continue Reading →

Spring Green

Spring Green is a quintessential southern Wisconsin town – small and friendly with lots of artsy, creative folks. Many visitors coming to Spring Green don’t even visit they town. Instead, they head of to Taliesen, the American Players Theatre or… Continue Reading →

Unity Chapel and (a) Frank Lloyd Wright Grave

On a quiet country road, a scant mile from Taliesin, is the Unity Chapel.  The graveyard contains some of the last evidence of horrors that occurred over a hundred years ago. In the Chapel’s quiet graveyard are markers for friends… Continue Reading →

Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple

If you are on your way to Chicago and have a few moments, pull off Highway 88 in Aurora and take a quick look at the Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple. The gorgeous, intricate building is a private religious center, so… Continue Reading →

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