|11:56:23 PM - Wed, Jan 2nd 2013
|The buildings on the north land that were recently sold are absolutely the old Agriculture School buildings. All of the asylum and sanitarium buildings, which were east of the Agriculture School and north of Watertown Plank Road, as well as the Plank Road School complex and the sprawling recreational gardens that were designed by the designer of the Mitchell Park gardens (remember the sunken garden south of the Domes that existed until 1994?) have been demolished or left to ruin. The sanitarium buildings were all torn down in the mid-to-late '90s, often with little or no notice to the public. The more recent asylum (early 1900's through 1979), the "Northwest Building," which was on 92nd about midway between Watertown Plank and Wisconsin Avenue, was torn down in '94 or '96, if I recall correctly. The only buildings left are the old orphanage, which has been renovated and is now the Milwaukee County Parks Building, and the Muridale Sanitarium, which was essentially the "tuberculosis hospital" (located near the corner of Watertown Plank and Highway 100 (southeast corner). I would not be surprised if many of the old Agriculture School buildings will be demolished rather suddenly and without notice as well, as seems to be the case with the buildings in the area. I always felt it was done to avoid the public outcry as the buildings generally had rather meaningful historical significance.