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BUILDING BLOCKS: ‘Zen Den’ at Appleton East High School

(Rendering courtesy of Miron Construction)

Suicide attempts have increased at an alarming rate among high school students in the Fox Cities Region in recent years. Wanting to combat that trend, officials with Leadership Fox Cities – which is under the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce – decided that students needed a place where they can go to seek shelter from the stresses of the day and try to achieve some equanimity.

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BUILDING BLOCKS: Milwaukee Fortress

(Rendering courtesy of JP Cullen & Sons)

The Fortress dates to 1892 and was added onto up until 1912. It was initially used as a shoe factory by F. Mayer Boot and Shoe Company, which at one time produced as many as 9,000 shoes there a day. It later became a tannery. Its last year as a shoe factory was 1938. After that, it was used for a variety of purposes, including a daycare and Montessori school.

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