40 years ago, The Pabst Mansion almost met its demise

Can you imagine Milwaukee without The Pabst Mansion?

Somehow we manage to move forward each day without the Elizabeth Plankinton mansion on Wisconsin Avenue, without the Heineman home on Prospect Avenue and without countless other grand Milwaukee mansions erected in the 19th and early 20th century.

"Gone is gone," says executive director of The Pabst Mansion, John Eastberg (pictured below), "And I am a lifelong preservationist, but when something is gone, I even start to struggle – 'okay, what was in that corner?' Once it's gone, it's gone, and I think out of sight, out of mind."
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