228 episodes

Every week, 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.

Urban Spelunking Radio Milwaukee

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 35 Ratings

Every week, 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 city church prepares for new future

    Historic city church prepares for new future

    Nate and Bobby look back at the history behind the New Holy Ghost Tabernacle Church located on West Garfield Avenue. The 1887 Gothic Revival church has recently been sold to a developer, and its future has yet to be decided.

    Read more: https://onmilwaukee.com/articles/second-german-epworth

    • 17 min
    600 East Wisconsin: A century-old building standing strong in Milwaukee history

    600 East Wisconsin: A century-old building standing strong in Milwaukee history

    The building recently known for the giant Giannis Antetokounmpo mural actually has decades of history behind it. On this episode, Nate and Bobby take a look at how 600 East Wisconsin Avenue came to be and the ghost sign that still stands today.

    Read more: https://onmilwaukee.com/articles/600-east-wisconsin-spelunking

    • 12 min
    It's not poop! An inside look at how Milorganite fertilizer is made

    It's not poop! An inside look at how Milorganite fertilizer is made

    This week's episode is part two of our tour at the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District. Nate and Bobby go inside the Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility and learn what makes up the locally-made Milorganite fertilizer.


    Read more at OnMilwaukee: https://onmilwaukee.com/articles/deep-tunnel-pump-room

    • 6 min
    A deep dive into Milwaukee's wastewater treatment system

    A deep dive into Milwaukee's wastewater treatment system

    Three hundred feet below the surface of Jones Island lies deep tunnels that prevent pollution from getting into Lake Michigan. This week, Nate and Bobby got a tour of the deep tunnel pump room and see how the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District keeps the city's water clean.

    Read more at OnMilwaukee: https://onmilwaukee.com/articles/deep-tunnel-pump-room

    • 11 min
    Live on-site at the Milwaukee Fire Dept. maintenance headquarters

    Live on-site at the Milwaukee Fire Dept. maintenance headquarters

    It all happens here -- all the maintenance for the entire Milwaukee Fire Department engine fleet, plus small engine repair, oxygen tanks, carpentry, leather and textile work, it's all concentrated in a two building complex in Walker's Point. This week on the podcast, we visit the MFD's maintenance facility and get a personal tour from MFD’s Construction & Maintenance Division Deputy Chief Schuyler Belott.

    Read more at OnMilwaukee: https://onmilwaukee.com/articles/mfd-repair-shop

    • 13 min
    Milwaukee Athletic Club gets a $70 million renovation

    Milwaukee Athletic Club gets a $70 million renovation

    After 100 years, the Milwaukee Athletic Club is getting a major upgrade. The 1916 building now has everything from multiple apartments to a fitness center and gym and, of course, a beautiful ballroom. Nate and Bobby discuss the new renovations and Milwaukee's love for rooftops.

    Read more: https://onmilwaukee.com/articles/urban-spelunking-mac-finished

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

tevans45 ,

Enriches my love for Milwaukee

Love the variety of the place they cover. You’ll hear the backstory of places you’ve driven by hundred of times and also places you never knew existed. Plus the photos and written version on OnMilwaukee.com really brings the stories to life!

rus L - say itbwith attitude ,

More cities need this…

This podcast is part history and part architecture! Bobby and Nate are fun to listen to and are always presenting interesting information.

Peter.Hughes ,

The town gossip

I love when I hear about something on Urban Spelunking and then end up there. Like a pair of pliers that I have had in my tools since the 90’s with Pritzlaff on them, but never thought about where they came from. (I recently lost them. 😢) or recently I have done some work at the MSO building. It is fun to connect the strings.

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