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Bob Roscoe presents Milwaukee Avenue

In the 1970s, a politically savvy and hardworking neighborhood organization, the Seward West Project Area Committee (PAC), outmaneuvered a public agency’s renewal plan to demolish approximately 70 percent of a historic neighborhood in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Demolition would have included all the houses on Milwaukee Avenue, a half-hidden, very narrow two-block-long street flanked by small brick houses. Built in the 1880s, many of these houses were the very first homes in Minneapolis. Milwaukee Avenue offers a unique presentation of determined citizens saving their neighborhood in a decade that changed history.

Roscoe on Roscoe: I have thirty years of architectural office experience, and am principal of Design For Preservation. My education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History, five years School of Architecture, University of Minnesota. For 16 years I was a partner in the architectural firm Roark Kramer Roscoe Design. My practice is primarily devoted to residential new construction and rehabilitation, with an emphasis on historic preservation.

My work in designing re-uses for older buildings gives me the opportunity to look closely at certain configurations of materials and shapes in the built environment that possess aesthetic qualities in their own right. My involvement in historic preservation gives me insight into architectural surfaces transformed by the effects of time, weather and human intentions and indifference.

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