City of Milwaukee to demolish Sydney Hih building
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Milwaukee’s historic Sydney Hih building will soon be no more. The Business Journal is reporting that the iconic landmark at the corner of North Old World Third St. and West Juneau Ave. will be torn down to make room for future development. Sydney Hih was part of a recent deal to lure Kohl’s headquarters to downtown Milwaukee. When that deal fell though, the building’s future was in limbo. It now appears it will be demolished anyway.
Throughout most of the ’80s and ’90s, Sydney Hih housed Milwaukee’s première underground music club, The Unicorn. In later years, its many rooms served as affordable (and easily burglarized) practice spaces for Milwaukee bands. While the news of its demolition isn’t all that surprising, it’s still sad to see such an important part of Milwaukee’s musical past wiped away. Progress, we suppose.
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