Brick by brick

Over 100 people joined Baum Revision, community leaders, and project partners to celebrate the official ground-breaking ceremony of the historic Garver Feed Mill behind Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Construction on the 60,000-square-foot building started in December. The construction is being overseen by Bachmann Construction, which is re-using over 70,000 bricks from the former French Battery building at Union Corners in the renovation process. The redevelopment represents a culmination of over four years of planning to create a space that will serve as an anchor for the local food community. Speaking at the ceremony was Tom Sylke from Milwaukee, the great-grandson of Hans Jacob Struck, a German immigrant who oversaw the construction of the original Garver Feed Mill building in 1906. Photos courtesy Wayne Reckard, The Kubala Washatko Architects. For information on getting your event featured in the IB Gallery, email