I love history. I love the idea of using, seeing and interacting with artifacts of another time and place. I'm a gatherer of vintage items partially because I enjoy an eclectic decorating style but mostly because I savor small records of the past littering my life even if it's just an aluminum spoon rest, likely used by an average family in their ordinary kitchen. One of the most noticeable examples of these historic reminders is architecture. The foundation stays in place while the world changes around it and horse-drawn carriages then Model-Ts then hybrid vehicles whiz by. While driving through downtown Milwaukee recently, I couldn't help but notice the ornate and startlingly old-style Mitchell building (built in 1876). I snapped a photo on my phone while stopped at an automated electric traffic light — an action unimaginable to its builders. Read more about the building here.