Photo Essay: Daybreak over Doors Open
Coordinated by the nonprofit Historic Milwaukee, Inc., the organization created Doors Open to increase awareness and enjoyment of the city’s valuable legacy. With 165 buildings taking part in the weekend tours, many of which are significant architectural treasures, the event has expanded from its roots downtown and into the surrounding metropolitan neighborhoods.
Most participating sites have always been free, but more elaborate tours can require tickets. One popular location for 2016 did not even have doors to open. Black Cat Alley, located behind the Oriental Theater between Prospect Avenue and Farwell Avenue, attracted thousands of interested visitors. The newly opened art destination was an example of the event’s success spreading through the community.
This photo essay features rooftop images overlooking sites around Milwaukee, offering a bird’s eye view of landmarks featured during Doors Open, and a couple 360° videos to explore the height of Milwaukee’s city Hall without the need to challenge gravity.