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Kern Center

The Kern Center is an athletic and wellness complex owned by the Milwaukee School of Engineering. The center was majority funded by a donation from Robert and Patricia Kern.

In 2013, the MSOE Athletic Field and Parking Complex opened across E. Knapp St.

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PWEU-19-022732019/08/30Permit
ROW Excavation Utility
PWEC-19-020172019/08/28Permit
ROW Excavation City Contract
PBFS-19-008712019/07/30Permit
Plumbing-Fire Protection Permit
PWEC-19-015232019/07/02Permit
ROW Excavation City Contract
PWOP-19-001972019/02/15Permit
ROW Occupancy Permit
PBFS-19-001102019/01/30Permit
Plumbing-Fire Protection Permit
PBFS-17-006022017/06/30Permit
Plumbing-Fire Protection Permit.
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Content referencing Kern Center

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New Mexican Restaurant Opening

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Viets Tower’s Rise

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Plenty of Horne: WMSE Heats Up the Town
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WMSE Heats Up the Town

Annual chili fundraiser attracts nearly 4,000 people, raises $72,000 for radio station.

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WMSE’s Rockabilly Chili Fundraiser a Week Away

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Weekly Happy Hour: Comet Still Rocks the House
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Comet Still Rocks the House

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Milwaukee Fire Department, La Salsa De Los Muertos and Musician Kevin Fayte added to Rockabilly Chili Fundraiser’s Line-up
Press Release

Milwaukee Fire Department, La Salsa De Los Muertos and Musician Kevin Fayte added to Rockabilly Chili Fundraiser’s Line-up

The WMSE Rockabilly Chili Fundraiser takes place Sunday, March 6, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MSOE Kern Center, 1245 N. Broadway.

WMSE is turning 35 and singing the birthday blues
Press Release

WMSE is turning 35 and singing the birthday blues

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WMSE’s 14th Annual Rockabilly Chili tickets to go on sale, Monday, Nov. 30
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WMSE’s 14th Annual Rockabilly Chili tickets to go on sale, Monday, Nov. 30

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Friday Photos

Martin Building Adds Apartments to Third Ward

Four-story warehouse at 211 N. Broadway is being renovated on ward's main street.

WMSE Launches the First Ever Record Ruckus
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WMSE Launches the First Ever Record Ruckus

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Will Bicycle Race Expand to Bay View?

Tour of America's Dairyland hopes to expand there. And a national benefits program for bicyclists expands to Milwaukee.

Eyes on Milwaukee: MSOE Renames Soccer Field
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MSOE Renames Soccer Field

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Finally, a New Park East Plan

Ten years later, the city and county are finally on the same page. Is development in the area ready to "explode"?

Photo Gallery: Let Them Eat Chili
Photo Gallery

Let Them Eat Chili

12th Annual Rockabilly Chili Fundraiser is best in history, raising $60,000, and providing a lot of fun, as our photos show.

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WMSE 91.7FM Announces Rockabilly Chili Fundraiser Results

The station raised over $60,000 from the event.

WMSE 91.7FM Hosts 12th Annual Rockabilly Chili Fundraiser
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WMSE 91.7FM Hosts 12th Annual Rockabilly Chili Fundraiser

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15th Annual Milwaukee Empty Bowls Event Celebrates Artists and Chefs While Raising Funds for the Hungry
Press Release

15th Annual Milwaukee Empty Bowls Event Celebrates Artists and Chefs While Raising Funds for the Hungry

Milwaukee Empty Bowls will host its 15th Annual Milwaukee Empty Bowls event on Sunday, October 6, 2013, Noon – 4 p.m. at the Kern Center on the Milwaukee School of Engineering Campus.

MSOE Soccer Garage Debuts

MSOE Soccer Garage Debuts

MSOE unveils parking garage, athletic field complex.

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Gould Takes Journal Buyout, Rips Grohmann Museum One More Time

Gould Takes Journal Buyout, Rips Grohmann Museum One More Time

Whitney Gould took an early retirement buyout from Journal Communications a little over a month ago.  Her send off column was titled “Retiring, not tiring of quality design.” Ever since moving to Milwaukee three years ago I’ve enjoyed her reporting on issues involving building design. My views began to disagree with hers when she started to question the restoration of the former check processing center on the corner of Broadway and State St into the Grohmann Museum, a museum dedicated to the showcasing of men (and women) at work throughout time, at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). I began to wonder if she cared that the new Grohmann Museum would finally build a book-end for the MSOE campus with the Kern Center, rehab an underused and unattractive building downtown, and build a transition piece from Milwaukee City Hall north to the Kern Center and Park East neighborhood.  Add to that the fact that the financing was entirely provided by Eckhart Grohmann.  In fact Robert & Patricia Kern and Eckhart Grohmann deserve nothing but admiration and applause for their commitment to producing well-rounded engineers in downtown Milwaukee. To be fair, Whitney Gould does address some of the these facts and does give a fair amount of praise to Grohmann for his contribution.  I do disagree with her on a few things though. Her appraisal of the building as a cheap impersonation of the style of a bygone era is lacking in insight.  One needs to only walk from City Hall, past the Grohmann Museum, and to the Kern Center to see the bridge the museum forms between the past and present architectural styles.  Unlike many other bland glass buildings in many other cities, Grohmann and the architects at Uihlein Wilson created something distinctly Milwaukee and distinctly MSOE.   The building meshes perfectly with the Kern Center both inside and out thanks to Uihlein Wilson designing both buildings, and forms a southern book end of the MSOE campus on Broadway to match the Kern Center’s north anchor position.  MSOE should be praised for finally developing a physical identity, especially while both Marquette and UWM expand theirs in a much more public fashion. She, along with other members of the art community, also seem to take offense that no one that works at the museum has true art credentials.  Speaking as someone who has been in the museum many times, the artwork is displayed just as it in any museum and curator John Kopmeier is just as qualified to discuss the content of the collection as anyone with an art degree. My final point of disagreement with Gould is over her obsession with the Nazi art work in the collection.  She seems to hold this belief that the Nazi-attachment to the artwork is hidden from viewers, it’s not.  It is not outwardly stated that “hey, this painting could contain Nazi slaves”, but if you ask someone they will tell you.  They will also tell you that the paintings featuring Egyptians might contain slaves […]

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