DOORS OPEN MiLWaukEE
OFFICIAL EVENT GUIDE PRESENtED BY HiStORic MiLWaukEE, iNc.
150+ buildings to visit, FREE to the public. 6 FREE public tours. 35 in-depth tours. 3 presentations.
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Veronica Brewer James Conway Fred Gillich / Too Much Metal for One Hand Jeramey Jannene / Urban Milwaukee Matthew Konkel Metro Market Brook O’Shea Kendall Polster / Weld Guy Dave Reid / Urban Milwaukee Bobby Tanzilo / OnMilwaukee.com George Wagner Scott Wollenzien
DOORS OPEN MILWAUKEE COMMITTEE Mary Rose Armstrong Paul Doro Bradley Fisher Joe Kallenberger Melinda Kallenberger Maya Scherer Colter Sikora Brett Waterhouse
HISTORIC MILWAUKEE, INC. BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Daniel Sweeney, President Christel Wendelberger, Vice President Jason Lindner, Treasurer Kathy Kean, Secretary Tim Cotter Stewart Dempsey Sarah Greenberg Margaret Howland Joshua Jeffers Bryan Kroes Welford Sanders Eric Vogel
Historic Milwaukee, inc. is pleased to present the fourth Doors Open, a twoday public celebration of Milwaukee’s art, architecture and the built environment. Plan your adventure using this printed guide, our website and our new Doors Open smartphone app here: thank you to the uWM app Brewery for their in-kind donation of a smart phone app. Explore the city in four ways:
Visit as many of our 150+ buildings as you like for free. No ticket required. Many offer tours!
Alphabetical list of free buildings: pages 5-10; 17-18, 21. Make your own itinerary. Start when and where you like. Most sites are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday of Doors Open; some have restricted hours. Museums are free unless otherwise indicated in the listing.
Join one six public tours; all are free and some require day-of tickets
Alphabetical listing of public tours on page 4. Public tours will be offered at the times listed within their descriptions; see page 4 for detailed information. tickets (when required) will be given out FREE tO tHE PuBLic on a first-come first-served basis starting at 10 a.m. on the DaY OF tHE tOuR at city Hall event headquarters.
Explore the city through one of 36 in-depth tours. $5 tickets are required and must be purchased in advance.
Alphabetical listing of in-depth tours on pages 22-23. Follow these easy steps to purchase your in-depth tour tickets: l Locate the tours you are interested in using this event guide or at www.doorsopenmilwaukee.org l Find the tour you wish to attend and click on the “Buy ticket Here” link l Note: tours without a “Buy ticket Here” link are SOLD Out. l Purchase your tickets, print your voucher and present it to the tour guide on the day of the tour.
attend a presentation by our two Doors Open humanities experts, John gurda and arijit Sen. Lectures are free and open first-come first served; no tickets required.
this year, Doors Open has two collaborative partners: the greater Milwaukee Foundation‘s Healthy Neighborhoods and islands of Milwaukee.; please add these wonderful venues to your schedule. Lastly, i encourage you to explore, reflect and share your thoughts on Milwaukee’s built environment using our social media sites, including Facebook and twitter and complete a post-event survey to help us improve our event.
Stacy Swadish Kosmatka Executive Director, Historic Milwaukee, inc.
NEW THIS YEAR
Mayor tom Barrett’s Office
HISTORIC MILWAUKEE, INC. EXECUTIVE ADVISORS
Bruce Block Barry Mandel George Mosher Rick Donner Dan Cooper John Gurda
at Doors Open Milwaukee Headquarters Milwaukee City Hall (200 E. Wells Street)
Since opening in 1895, the historic Mayor’s Office inside city Hall has been one of the busiest places in Milwaukee. Over the last 119 years, the Mayor’s Office has housed all but one of Milwaukee’s Mayors and hosted dignitaries and public figures from around the world. the Mayor’s Office will participate in Doors Open this year and the public will be able to get an inside look at the heart of city Hall. Visitors will have the opportunity to see all of the modern features brought into this classic building over the years. the self-guided tour features the oil painted portrait of Milwaukee’s first Mayor, Solomon Juneau, a look inside Mayor Barrett’s office and a walk down the Hall of Mayors, a photo collection of Milwaukee leaders from Daniel Hoan to Henry Maier.
Amy Grau Doors Open Milwaukee Program Manager
Stacy Swadish Kosmakta Executive Director, Historic Milwaukee, Inc. Christianna Niemiec Program Manager, Historic Milwaukee, Inc. Linda Beczkiewicz Accountant, Historic Milwaukee, Inc.
Matthew Callies, Intern, Historic Milwaukee, Inc.
Jessica Heese, Intern, Historic Milwaukee, Inc.
Meredith Milburn, Intern, Historic Milwaukee, Inc. Lindsey Mushall, Intern, Historic Milwaukee, Inc.
See details on page 4.
Photo by Brook O’Shea
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who will have his office open during the event, is operating a downtown bridge. The Kilbourn Avenue and State Street Bascule Bridges will be open during Doors Open Milwaukee.
For a small donation to Mayor Barrett’s Earn & Learn fund, visitors will have the opportunity to sit at the Mayor’s desk and take a photo.
information about Mayor Barrett’s Earn and Learn program can be found at: http://city.milwaukee.gov/EarnLearn
FOR MORE iNFORMatiON, PLEaSE cONtact: HISTORIC MILWAUKEE, INC., 207 E. Michigan Ave., Suite 406, Milwaukee, WI 53202
DiD YOu kNOW?
Volunteers of Doors Open Milwaukee are able to use their Doors Open volunteer badges to
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‘bump up’ in line at high traffic / major sites
NEW cOMMuNitY PaRtNER
when they are not volunteering. this is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to the 600+ volunteers needed during the event.
thank you, volunteers!
FREE FaMiLY PaSSPORtS
We've designated 24 sites of special interest to families with children. children may pick up a free passport book featuring 24 family-friendly sites at any designated passport location (below), and have them stamped. Please check hours. as they vary by location. Specifics about each passport site are given in the list of buildings. Here's the free Family Passport list for 2014: Beulah Brinton House 2590 S. Superior Street
BMO Harris Bradley Center 1001 N. 4th Street Bridging the Gap 1600 W. State Street
Havenwoods Environmental Awareness Center 6141 N. Hopkins Street
Kilbourn Avenue Bascule Bridge 101 E. kilbourn avenue Milwaukee Ballet
504 W. National avenue
Milwaukee City Hall 200 E. Wells Street Milwaukee Dept Fire Station #1 784 N. Broadway
Milwaukee Dept Fire Station #2 755 N. James Lovell Street
Milwaukee Dept Fire Station #11 2526 S. kinnickinnic avenue
Milwaukee Fire Museum 1615 W. Oklahoma avenue
Milwaukee Public Museum Dome Theater 800 W. Wells Street Milwaukee Safety Academy (Police Academy) 6680 N. teutonia avenue
Old South Side Settlement Museum 707 W. Lincoln avenue
Orlandini Studios 633 W. Virginia Street
Safe House 779 N. Front Street
Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
1111 E. Brown Deer Road, Bayside
St. Joan Antida High School 1341 N. cass Street
State Street Bascule Bridge 100 E. State Street
Survive Alive House 2059 S. 20th Street
Urban Ecology Center Menomonee Valley
3700 W. Pierce Street
US Bank Center 777 E. Wisconsin avenue
Wm. K. Walthers, Inc. Model Railroading
5601 W. Florist avenue
Wisconsin Black Historical Society 2620 W. center Street
at DOORS OPEN MILWAUKEE Headquarters Milwaukee City Hall (200 E. Wells Street )
Islands of Milwaukee
come explore the islands of Milwaukee — an interactive exhibit that introduces you to some of Milwaukee's treasures you might not otherwise get to meet. Over the past two years, islands of Milwaukee has reached out to older adults living alone or who are under-connected to community, and has engaged with them through art-making. their many and varied expressions in turn have inspired the question: How will we stay connected to community as we age?
the islands of Milwaukee exhibit debuts during DOORS OPEN MiLWaukEE with performances throughout both days of the event by Sojourn theatre on Sept 20th and 21st, and will continue at city Hall through October 20th. Be sure not to miss this debut! For details, see www.islandsofmilwaukee.org
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You know you want one — and it can be yours for $25! A limited amount/sizes will be available at Doors Open Headquarters at Milwaukee City Hall (200 E. Wells Street) the days of Doors Open. Make sure to buy one, glow in the dark, wear Milwaukee proud, and help support Doors Open Milwaukee! T-shirts also available at the HMI office.
t-shirt design by Fred gillich for too Much Metal for One Hand
FREE PuBLic tOuRS
Public Tours will be offered during Doors Open Milwaukee at the times listed below. Tickets (when required) are given out FREE TO THE PUBLIC on a first-come, first-served basis at 10 a.m. on the same day of the tour at Doors Open Milwaukee Event Headquarters, Milwaukee City Hall (200 E. Wells Street.) TWO TICKETS PER PERSON. All Public Tours, unless otherwise indicated or no ticket is required, will be distributed in this manner.
Biking on the Hank Aaron State Trail 1 (GM 3-B)
this 2-2.5-hour biking tour not only carries you across the city on a dedicated pathway, but it transports you through some of the city’s significant history. this easy ride with frequent stops will focus on the shaping and history of the Menomonee Valley, Native american uses, the impacts of the Milwaukee Road Shops, the Valley’s significance in the civil Rights Movement, the many changes through time, and the Old Soldiers Home then and now. We’ll ride along the Hank aaron State trail, through the Menomonee Valley, and to the Old Soldiers Home and back. Tickets: Not Required. Times: Sun 9 a.m. Duration: 2-2.5 hours. Capacity: N/A. Parking and starting location: Public lot near Charter Wire just west of Canal Street near 35th Street. NO tickEt REQuiRED
Inside the DOT 3 (4-E)
the Wisconsin Department of transportation’s Statewide traffic Operations center operates traffic management and traveler information systems on Wisconsin’s interstates, freeways/expressways and state highways. For safety, operators monitor over 300 cameras throughout the state to keep traffic flowing. using their control room video wall, they will demonstrate how they keep tabs on current traffic conditions and provide information in real-time to protective services. Tickets: Required. Times: Sun. 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Duration: 1 hour. Capacity each tour: 35. Meet: 433 W. St. Paul Ave., 3rd Floor (Statewide Traffic Operations Center) Inside Intermodal Station; Meet at East Side Elevator. tickEtS WiLL BE aVaiLaBLE ON SuNDaY, SEPtEMBER 21St at 10 a.M. at MiLWaukEE citY HaLL (200 E. WELLS StREEt) ON a FiRSt-cOME, FiRSt-SERVED BaSiS.
Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility 6 (GM 3-C)
Opened in 1926 and world-renowned for pioneering the way in modern wastewater treatment technology, Jones island was also one of the first facilities in the world to produce a fertilizer as the by-product of the water reclamation process: Milorganite. capable of treating more than 300 million gallons a day, the facility is owned and governed by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and operated and maintained by Veolia Water North america. all site visitors will receive a free five-pound bag of Milorganite. Visitors have the option of going on a 60-minute in depth tour that includes the Milorganite building, or joining a shorter 40-minute tour – both of which will travel via motorcoach around the entire Jones island facility. through exhibits and the tour learn about: the history of Jones island, MMSD as one of the pre-eminent sewage districts in the country, and Veolia Water, the company that operates and maintains Jones island Water Reclamation Facility. and don’t miss viewing the “workhorses of wastewater” under the high power microscope! Tickets: NOT Required. Times: Sat.10 a.m.-4 p.m. every 20 minutes. Duration: 1 hour. Capacity each tour: 40+. Meet: Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility, corner of East Jones Street & Harbor Drive. tHOSE WiSHiNg tO JOiN tHE 60-MiNutE tOuR MuSt WEaR LONg PaNtS aND cLOSED-tOE SHOES.
Milwaukee Food & City Tours 2 (3-E, 3-F, 4-E, 4-F)
(Pick-Ups Occur Throughout Day; Times Below) Map out your day using the Milwaukee Food & city tours Explore Milwaukee Hop On & Hop Off Bus – a hassle-free way to enjoy the city. Join our fully-narrated 60 minute sightseeing tour at any one of four hotel pick up locations. Enjoy the sights of the city and then hop-on and off for visits at locations of your choice around Brady Street, the Historic third Ward, and Walker’s Point. Meet our green/purple buses at one of 4 locations - prompt pick ups: 1) Pfister Hotel, 424 E. Wisconsin Ave. — 10 a.m., 11 a.m., Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m.; 2) Hilton City Center, 509 W. Wisconsin Ave. —10:04 a.m., 11:04 a.m., 12:04 p.m., 1:04 p.m., 2:04 p.m.; 3) Hyatt Regency, 333 W. Kilbourn Ave. — 10:12 a.m., 11:12 a.m.,12:12 p.m., 1:12 p.m., 2:12 p.m.; 4) Intercontinental, 139 E. Kilbourn Ave. — 10:17 a.m., 11:17 a.m., 12:17 p.m., 1:17 p.m., 2:17 p.m. Ticket: Not Required Times: Sat and Sun 10 a.m.-2 p.m. NO tickEt REQuiRED
Port of Milwaukee Bus Tour 4 (GM 3-C)
the bus tour of the Port of Milwaukee will include guided tour of commercial port operations including salt, coal, cement, steel, machinery and fertilizers that move through the Port of Milwaukee either by water, rail or truck. tours will leave the Port of Milwaukee’s administration Building on the hour from 11 am to 4 p.m, Saturday, September 20, 2014. keeping in line with our green marine efforts, we will be using Bestway’s cNg (compressed natural gas) bus. this 24-passenger mini coach bus has zero emissions and will provide a safe and comfortable tour without the pollution. the last stop will be at the coast guard who will have displays of their equipment they use in their rescue and pollution response efforts as well as a tour of their Sector Lake Michigan facilities. Tickets: Required. Times: Sat.11a.m.-4 p.m. on the hour. Duration: 1 hour. Capacity each tour: 24. Meet: Port of Milwaukee Administration Building: 2323 S. Lincoln Memorial Drive. tickEtS WiLL BE aVaiLaBLE ON SatuRDaY, SEPtEMBER 20tH at 10 a.M. at MiLWaukEE citY HaLL (200 E. WELLS StREEt) ON a FiRSt-cOME, FiRSt-SERVED BaSiS.
Soldiers Home Historic District 5 (GM 3-B)
Designed as a place to aid veterans’ healing and ease their transition back into civilian life, the Milwaukee Soldiers Home (Northwestern Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers) was established in 1867. Nestled into a picturesque landscape, the recuperative village boasts as many as 48 historic resources including marvelous Victorian architecture designed by renowned Milwaukee architects Edward townsend Mix and Henry c. koch. Join Milwaukee Preservation alliance and others who care deeply about the Soldiers Home for an in-depth, outdoor guided walking tour through the grounds and learn about the architecture and history of the buildings. Ticket: Required. Times: Sun 2 p.m and 4 p.m. Duration: 1 hour. Capacity each tour: 25. Meet: 5000 W. National Ave, at the fountain in front of Old Main (N. Mitchell Blvd.) tickEtS WiLL BE aVaiLaBLE ON SuNDaY, SEPtEMBER 21St at 10 a.M. at MiLWaukEE citY HaLL (200 E. WELLS StREEt) ON a FiRSt-cOME, FiRSt-SERVED BaSiS.
FREE PRESENtatiONS THE MAKING OF MILWAUKEE Presenter: John Gurda
Where: 733 N. 8th Street 2 (3-D)
(entrance located on the east side of central Library)
When: Saturday, September 20th at 1:30 p.m.
Milwaukee was known as “good land” to Native americans, a place of abundant natural resources. it became, over the decades, a major great Lakes port, a stronghold of industry, a capital of ethnic diversity, a model of good government, and one of the most livable large cities in america. “the Making of Milwaukee” is a fast-paced, illustrated program that captures the full sweep of the community’s history, from its wilderness past to the complex patterns of the 21st century.
by our DOORS OPEN MiLWaukEE Humanities Experts
BASILICA OF ST. JOSAPHAT Presenter: John Gurda
Where: 601 W. Lincoln avenue 1 (GM 3-B) When: Sunday, September 21st at 2 p.m.
Dedicated in 1901 and declared a basilica in 1929, St. Josaphat's is quite simply the closest thing in Wisconsin to a genuine European cathedral. towering above the working-class neighborhood that brought it to life, the basilica is among the city's most iconic structures and an enduring testament to the faith of the immigrants who built it. John gurda will share the back story of this remarkable church and point out some of its more interesting details.
PICTURING MILWAUKEE: HOW DO YOU SEE YOUR CITY? this workshop, tour and discussion will focus on placemaking and explore multiple Presenter: Arijit Sen ways of seeing, reading, and interpreting our environment. What do we mean by the
Where: 3421 W. Lisbon avenue 3 (GM 2-B) When: Saturday Sept. 20th at 11 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Welcome and introductory lecture at at Our Next generation; 11:15-noon: Explore neighborhood; Noon-1 p.m: concluding lecture at Our Next generation
phrase: “reading our environment?” all of us are constantly observing the world around us. We are conscious of new constructions in our neighborhoods, we flock to see significant buildings across the city, we remember spaces and places that no longer exists, we are concerned about the resale value of our property, and we try to reduce crime and blight to make our neighborhood safe. We are all urban storytellers, narrating stories of places that matter, engaging in discussions of sites that are part of our world, and wary of negative stories that may impact our neighborhoods.
DOORS OPEN MILWAUKEE BUILDINGS SATURDAY & SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 & 21
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Make your own itinerary. Start when and where you like. No tickets necessary. Free guided tours are often available within buildings. Many buildings will be open for the entire DOORS OPEN MILWAUKEE event. See the event guide for specific times, or visit doorsopenmilwaukee.org. Look for the DOORS OPEN MILWAUKEE banner near the building entrance. Note: Like all sites, designated areas of museums are free, unless otherwise indicated. 88NINE RADIO MILWAUKEE 101 (5-F) 220 E. Pittsburgh Avenue Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN Originally built in 1952 as a manufacturing building for J.C. Busch Co., 88Nine Radio Milwaukee’s new home features a 2,500 Sf green roof, new studios, recording studios, a 100-seat performance studio and much more. Visitors will be treated to a “behind the scenes” tour of 88Nine Radio Milwaukee’s new home in the Walkers Point neighborhood of Milwaukee.
ALL SAINTS’ CATHEDRAL 27 (2-G) 818 E. Juneau Avenue Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Gothic Revival church building was designed by Edward Townsend Mix and constructed in 1868. All Saints' is the first cathedral in the Episcopal Church USA. On Saturday, September 20th, visitors can experience a medieval fair celebrating the Feast of St. Michael (Michaelmas) with music, vendors, exhibitors and food. Matins will be sung at 10am. There will be an organ concert at noon. All Saints' will be open to visitors on Sunday. Solemn High Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. All baptized Christians are welcome to receive Holy Communion. There will also be an organ concert at noon on Sunday. The sacristy will be open to the public and historic vestments and vessel will be on exhibit. ALVERNO COLLEGE / SISTER JOEL READ CENTER 134 (GM 4-B) 3400 South 43rd Street Saturday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN Alverno College was chartered by the School Sisters of St. Francis in 1887 and originally designed and constructed in 1951-1953. Since 1999 Uihlein-Wilson Architects have designed building additions and beautification projects. Thirty-minute guided tours will include the Chapel of Mary Immaculate; Pitman Theatre, home of the longest running performing arts series in Milwaukee, “Alverno Presents”; and 2014 campus enhancements. Grounds are also open for selfguided tours of Parducci bas-relief sculptures and Lyle London’s “Soaring.” AMBASSADOR HOTEL 88 (4-A) 2308 W Wisconsin Avenue Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4 p.m. From the original marble floors and bronze elevator doors to the ornate plasterwork, every detail of the Ambassador Hotel is a testament to the bold beauty of Art Deco. Guests will receive guided tours at the top of each hour, with the last tour beginning at 4pm. Tours include public areas and guest room accommodations offered at the Ambassador. Learn about the unique history of the Ambassador and see the original Art Deco details throughout the property.
AMERICAN SYSTEM-BUILT HOME MODEL B-1 (FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT, ARCHITECT) 135 (GM 3-B) 2714 West Burnham Street Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m Over a career of seven decades, Frank Lloyd Wright took special interest in creating architect-designed affordable homes. Between 1915 and 1917, Wright designed a series of standardized “system-built” homes, known today as the American-System Built Homes, an early example of prefabricated housing. The Frank Lloyd Wright designed American System-Built Home Model B-1 is the first home purchased for restoration by Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin and the only surviving example of this design. In 2008/09, the home was restored to its original 1916 appearance.
ANODYNE COFFEE ROASTING CO. (WALKER'S POINT ROASTERY) 102 (6-E) 224 West Bruce Street Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. This Bruce Street cafe in Walker's Point is a refurbished warehouse space offering cream city brick, exposed wooden beams, natural wood harvest tables, a raised stage, and a reclaimed 40 foot old-world bar. Visitors will not only be able to admire the remodeling and preservation of the warehouse, but will also be given a glimpse into Anodyne's roasting and production spaces. The basement houses Anodyne’s green coffee and storage for both retail and wholesale materials.
APARTMENTS AT THE GRAND WISCONSIN 56 (3-E) 720 N. Old World 3rd Street Saturday 10 a.m -5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN Formerly the Hotel Wisconsin, this historic landmark opened up in 1913 as one of Milwaukee’s first skyscrapers — the finest of its kind north of Chicago. Preserving the historic charm of its original glory, the hotel was converted into 108 modern apartments ranging from 1-4 bedrooms and two beautifully appointed retail spaces. The Grand Wisconsin Apartments boast contemporary upgrades and finishes, matched with modern conveniences like the Scandinavian Steam bath, Sauna and 17-person Whirlpool, Grand Wisconsin Lounge, Blackamoor Ballroom and more.
ASQ 57 (4-F) 600 N. Plankinton Avenue Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last Admittance 4 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN ASQ resides in the old Gimbels Department Store, which is also referred to as the Marshall Field’s building. Once a favorite shopping — and meeting — place to area residents for more than 100 years, visitors will be given an inside look into the now modern office building’s unique history and how it transformed into ASQ’s global headquarters.
BASILICA OF ST. JOSAPHAT 136 (GM 3-B) 601 W. Lincoln Avenue Saturday NOT OPEN Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. In 1896. Polish immigrants were pouring into the southside of Milwaukee. Parishioners numbered more than 12,000. Rev. Wilhelm Grutza had a vision – build a grand church, one the community would be proud of, would honor the Polish heritage and be a destination for people from around the world. He had learned the U.S. Post Office and Customs House located in Chicago was slated for demolition. To save parishioners $30,000 of material costs, that entire building was dismantled and loaded on 500 railcars. The granite pillars were salvaged from the courthouse. Visitors to the Basilica will experience inspiration beyond their imaginations. Docents will tell the captivating story of faith, sacrifice and triumph that is the Basilica’s history. (See FREE PRESENTATION of the History of the Basilica on page 4)
BEST PLACE AT THE HISTORIC PABST BREWERY 58 (2-D) 901 W. Juneau Avenue Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tour the outcome of years of restoration and preservation, helping to make Best Place even more of a historical Milwaukee gem than it already was. King Gambrinus welcomes you to the authentically restored Blue Ribbon Hall and courtyards. Enjoy a guided tour of the old Corporate Board Room, Captain Pabst’s office with roll-top desk, and audio and DVD presentations of Pabst history. Quench your thirst and hunger at the pub.
BEULAH BRINTON HOUSE (HOME OF BAY VIEW HISTORICAL SOCIETY) 137 (GM 3-C) PASSPORT SITE 2590 S. Superior Street Special children’s tour on Saturday 10 a.m.-12 noon Regular tours Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Last admittance 3 p.m. The Beulah Brinton House is significant in two important ways. First, it was the home of one of Milwaukee’s most influential female leaders. Secondly, it represents one of the finest examples of simple but impressive Victorian Gothic wood architecture. Visitors will be guided by experienced members who will share the history of the historic home as well as the founding family who helped to develop Bay View as a community. Saturday morning tours (10 a.m.-12 noon) are geared toward children and their families. Saturday & Sunday afternoon tours will be for the general public. Bocce and croquet will be free to play on the lawn, live music each afternoon from 2 p.m.-4 p.m., and food and drinks will be available for purchase from St. Francis Brewery. BLUE DRESS PARK 59 (1-F) Southwest Corner of Reservoir and Holton Saturday and Sunday 12 noon-5 p.m. Blue Dress Park is a triangular concrete slab notably impressive for what we can imagine happening there. The park is located at the boundaries of Brewers Hill, Riverwest, Harambee, the East Side and the northern end of down-town. The Friends of Blue Dress Park have organized the second annual Blue Dress Cup competition—a series of Olympic-style events measuring specific artistic skills. Judges will evaluate the performances and choose an ultimate ‘Best Artist in Milwaukee.’
BMO HARRIS BRADLEY CENTER 60 (3-E) PASSPORT SITE 1001 N. 4th Street Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN Get a ‘back of house,’ tour of the arena including the Milwaukee Bucks and Marquette team locker rooms, building operations, Premium Suite, Club and Theater Box spaces. Imagine overseeing production for a game from the camera’s view point in the Video/Game Operations suite. Visit the Star dressing rooms and see performer memorabilia. Learn how hockey ice is made! Bring your camera for photo ops. Get up-close and personal with the 31’x33’ Scoreboard, and climb aboard the Zamboni!
Mike Brenner of Brenner Brewing Company (see building listings) at Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge (see building listings.) Photo by Brook O’Shea
BRASS LIGHT GALLERY 89 (4-D) 1101 West St. Paul Avenue Saturday NOT OPEN Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m. Visitors will be led on tours of both buildings. In the "Hilty" building guests will discover a building within a building. In the "Cutler-Hammer" building guests will tour Brass Light Gallery's manufacturing operation on the first floor, where they fabricate, plate, metal finish and assemble light fixtures sold nationally. On the second floor, guests will tour Brass Light Gallery’s showroom of new classics handmade in the USA light fixtures, and showroom of one-of-a-kind fully restored vintage original lighting. After the tour, guests will be invited to stroll the vast repository of salvaged vintage architectural lighting and lighting components sourced from around the globe. The collection of vintage and antique lighting is the largest known and is beyond imagination. BRENNER BREWING COMPANY 103 (6-E) 706 S. 5th Street Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Last admittance 9:30 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Built in 1980, this cinder block parking garage is an excellent example of postmodern, industrial minimalism. It is currently in the process of being converted from a parking garage into Brenner Brewing Company, Milwaukee’s newest brewery. Come down and get a personal tour of this work in progress from Owner/Brewmaster Mike Brenner.
BREWHOUSE INN & SUITES 61 (2-D) 1215 N. 10th Street Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday 12 noon-3:30 p.m. Brewhouse Inn & Suites is a 90-suite hotel with full-service restaurant and bar. Guest rooms vary in size — from 350 square feet to over 1,000 square feet. Visitors will be able to tour guest rooms and public spaces. One of the main highlights is the second floor atrium/lobby with six original copper brew kettles, and a two-story stained glass window depicting King Gambrinus, the patron saint of brewing.
BRIDGING THE GAP LEARNING CENTER, INC. 90 (3-C) PASSPORT SITE 1600 W. State Street Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m Bridging the Gap Learning Center, Inc. (BTG) was founded in 1992 by Robert A. Byrd, Jr., a former basketball player for Marquette University’s 1977 NCAA Championship Team. With a mission to educate, inspire and equip underserved youth and adults with the necessary tools and resources to develop and maintain successful futures and strong, productive communities to achieve success beyond the athletic arena. Bridging the Gap Golf Learning Center encompasses an entire city block, and has a netted hitting area with room for 14 golfers, and a 600-square-foot professional putting green. There is also a clubhouse with additional swinging and putting space, as well as room for teaching students the finer points of golf. Visitors will get to see the first of its kind Golf Learning Center, and the full range of educational, developmental and training programs and services offered.
BRYANT’S COCKTAIL LOUNGE 138 (GM 3-B) 1579 S. 9th Street Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN Originally a Miller Brewing tied house, this small corner commercial building now houses the oldest cocktail lounge in Milwaukee, and one of the best preserved cocktail lounges in the country — Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge. Open since 1938, Bryant’s has received international recognition for its preparation of specialty cocktails, and its preservation of the cocktail lounge atmosphere. Remodeled after a devastating fire in 1971, Bryant’s features gold-plated cash registers and hardware, velvet walls, dim lighting, and a hi-fi system that cost $21,000 in 1971.
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NOTE: The Komen Race for the Cure on Sunday will affect streets and ramp closures east of Milwaukee St. downtown until 11:30 a.m.
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BUCK BRADLEY'S / A. SCHOENLEBER BUILDING 62 (3-E) 1015 North Old World Third Street Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Buck Bradley's Eatery and Saloon features "the Longest Straight Shot Bar East of the Mississippi.” the building dates to 1854 as a one-story structure that incurred several expansions resulting in its current threestory configuration by 1882. this classic cream city building was gutted by fire in 1988 and meticulously restored. also admire the antique light fixtures, tile floor and reconstructed cream city walls. then venture up the staircase to the second floor to view two additional antique bars. a brief history and any questions will be answered by members of the owning family. conclude or start your experience at Buck Bradley’s by enjoying their signature Bloody Mary's, specially priced at $6 for those visiting during Doors Open Milwaukee.
CALVARY CEMETERY CHAPEL 139 (GM 3-B) 5503 West Blue Mound Road Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45.p.m. Designed by Erhard Brielmaier, the cream city Brick, Romanesque catholic chapel, built in 1899 on one of Milwaukee's highest elevations, was intended for services, prayer, private contemplation, and also as a mausoleum for clergy. Visitors will experience a spectacular view of Milwaukee and Miller Stadium from atop the hill. after viewing the chapel's exterior, browse the upper chapel and lower mausoleum. chapel representatives will be available to answer questions. For a more in-depth experience, two guided tours will be given; one on each day of Open Doors. unused and locked-tight for almost half a century, the chapel, presently being restored by Friends of calvary cemetery, offers a rare and unique experience for the visitor.
CALVARY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 63 (4-D) 935 W Wisconsin Avenue Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN calvary Presbyterian church (the Big Red church) was designed in the neo-gothic style by Henry koch and built in 1870 with cream city brick painted red. the steeple was the tallest by far in the city at the time, and some scoffed at its ability to remain standing. koch hired a team of horses, hitched them to the steeple and put the critics to rest when the horses failed to pull it down. the original architectural elements, such as the beautiful, tall stained glass windows and great wooden ceiling arches remain as well. Roam the area’s only permanent indoor labyrinth, created in the style of the 12th century labyrinth in the chartres cathedral.
CARDINAL STRITCH UNIVERSITY CITY CENTER 64 (2-D) 1037 W. McKinley Avenue Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m. the Stritch city center is a 24,000 square foot facility located in the Brewery Project in downtown Milwaukee adjacent to i-43. the center opened in 2000 and established a major presence for the university in the heart of the Milwaukee urban environment, Stritch occupies building #14 which once served as a laboratory for the former Pabst Brewing company. upon entering the building, visitors will find three floors of state-of-the-art classrooms which serve as home to many of Stritch's college of Education and Leadership programs. the city center also houses one of five of the Stritch Literacy centers.
CATHEDRAL OF ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST 2 (3-G) 812 N. Jackson Street Saturday NOT OPEN Sunday 12 noon-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m. the cathedral of St. John the Evangelist has been the seat of the Roman catholic archdiocese of Milwaukee for more than 160 years. Docents will be present for guided tours of the 1847 cathedral highlighting the religious, historic and artistic significance of this beautiful sacred building. Visitors can visit the cathedral treasury housing a collection of historic artifacts and works of art from the cathedral's past. Specific works of art will be highlighted.
CENTRAL LIBRARY 65 (3-D) 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last tour / admittance 4:15 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN the Milwaukee Public Library's central Library opened in 1898 as a shared space with the Milwaukee Public Museum. Ferry and clas architects won the design competition and built a new-Renaissance style ushaped building. the exterior of the building is Bedford limestone. Visitors to the central Library will have a variety of quick ten-minute tours of areas normally hidden to the public, as well as self-guided tour opportunities. tours will be provided every quarter hour for the Dome, the Old Board Room, the 4th Floor, the third basement below grade, the green roof, the book shelving process and, new this year, the centennial Hall complex with an entrance off of 8th Street. Self-guided tours will be available for the Richard E. and Lucile krug Rare Books Room, the Oriental Room and the children's Room. the Dome tour is not handicapped accessible, all others are.
CENTRAL SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH 28 (GM 2-C) 2229 N. Terrace Avenue Saturday NOT OPEN Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Last admittance 3:30 p.m. the mansion now serving as a church was originally built by Mr. J. Hoyt Smith in 1912 at a cost of $300,000. it was put on the market in 1942 when no heir chose to keep it. the congregation purchased the building for $20,000. the original architects were consulted and the blueprints located. these plans helped to coordinate decisions to preserve as many rooms as possible. During the remodeling of the second floor, which consisted mainly of bedrooms and baths, the third floor ballroom was removed to provide the high-peaked ceiling of the sanctuary. this new site to Doors Open Milwaukee 2014 is something to see. tours will include the original kitchen, dining room, fireside chapel and sanctuary.
CENTURY CITY TOWER 116 (GM 2-B) 4201 N. 27th Street Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN constructed in the mid-1960s as the state-of-the-art headquarters for cutler-Hammer Manufacturing, century city tower maintains the "Mad Men" vibe of the 60s. Visitors to century city tower will have the opportunity to peek at the building’s fully functional power and controls technology lab equipment and hear about the Midwest Energy Research consortium’s plans to create its Energy innovation center. Experience the 7th floor suite, including the Edmund Fitzgerald conference room, where yesterday’s titans strategized and today’s community development innovators plan the neighborhood’s future. Browse the first floor art gallery to glimpse artwork by Milwaukee’s next generation of emerging artists. guided tours will be available.
CHARLES ALLIS MUSEUM 29 (1-H) 1801 N. Prospect Avenue Saturday NOT OPEN Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m. Designed by prominent Milwaukee architect alexander Eschweiler and on the National Register of Historic Places, this tudor home of charles and Sarah allis contains a world-class art collection that spans more than 2,000 years and includes 19th century French and american paintings, classic antiquities, Renaissance bronzes, asian ceramics and decorative arts. charles allis was the first president of the allischalmers co. Self-guided tours will expose the visitor to this lavish 1911 tudor home containing a superb collection of art with many 19th century French and american paintings.
CHUDNOW MUSEUM OF YESTERYEAR 91 (3-D) 839 N. 11th Street Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. the building was built in 1869 as a single family residence for Daniel Schultz. updated in 1905, the building now sports a modified Victorian Stick Style. Visitors will take a self-guided walk through two floors of rooms that have been turned into Milwaukee shops and locations from the 1920s through the early 1940s. Each historically recreated room will feature items collected by avrum M. chudnow that place the visitor in this era of dramatic change in the united States. Many of the rooms have sound effects such as narration, radio ads, and music from this dynamic time. there is even a movie theatre on the second floor that features several short clips.
CITYCENTER AT 735 3 (3-F) 735 N. Water Street Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN When you visit the citycenter at 735 you will see the blend of years of innovation starting with the 1912 Daniel Burnham Building built for the First National Bank (First Wisconsin.) inside visitors are welcomed by the building’s two main lobbies. the elevator lobby features polished brass and marble, most of which is original. the ceilings were rebuilt to mimic the originals and include huge brass ceiling fixtures. the reception lobby was rebuilt in 2005 and features an architecturally sensitive nod to the original columns and ceilings of what was once two stories high. (Mezzanine added in 1959.) the mezzanine features common board rooms where some unique photos of the building’s past will be displayed. CITY LIGHTS 92 (5-B) 122 W. Mount Vernon Avenue Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN the Milwaukee gas Light company’s West Side Works campus was designed in 1902 by alexander Eschweiler. Originally designed to provide the coal gas used to light street lamps throughout Milwaukee, city Lights is now home to Zimmerman architectural Studios, a multi-disciplinary architecture firm, and Harwood Engineering consultants. Legend has it that Paul Hornung used to practice place kicks in this voluminous space before the green Bay Packers home games in Milwaukee. Menomonee Valley artistin-Residence Eddee Daniel will display his most recent photographs of people and places from his series urban Wilderness. the aia Milwaukee will have their collection of 10,000 LEgOs for kids (and adults) to explore their inner architect. CLOCK SHADOW BUILDING 104 (6-F) 130 W. Bruce Street Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4pm a self-guided tour (signage through the building) will highlight how this new building met a 50-percent salvaged material goal, incorporating the first regenerative energy elevator in the u.S., a rooftop production garden, local art, and the net zero energy / 100 percent storm water capture and reuse systems. there will be cheese production tours where visitors can sample products made at clock Shadow creamery. also, rooftop access will be provided with a 360-degree view of Milwaukee.
COLBY ABBOT BUILDING 4 (3-F) 759 N. Milwaukee Street Saturday 10am-2 p.m. Last admittance 1:45 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN the colby-abbot Building, located in the heart of East town, was built in 1885 as the home office of the Wisconsin central Railroad. using white marble imported from italy, wide corridors and bay windows, this 6 story structure was, and continues to be, a magnificent addition to Milwaukee’s skyline. One of the colby abbot Building team members will give a brief presentation on the history and current use of the building in the lobby at regular intervals. after the presentation, visitors will be encouraged to visit the shared tenant conference room on the 4th floor and one open office to see the original cream city brick fireplaces, 11-foot high, ornamental, wood-coffered ceilings, plaster walls, marble lobby, stairway and corridors as well as various modern features.
DAVID BARNETT GALLERY 30 (3-G) 1024 E. State Street Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. the preeminent architect in Milwaukee, Edward townsend Mix, designed this wonderful cream city Brick house for Dr. Henry Harrison Button in 1875. Housed in one of the city's finest Victorian italianate homes from 1875, the David Barnett gallery contains over 6,000 works of art. gallery representatives will be on hand to tell you about the house and the collection.
DISCOVERY WORLD 5 (4-H) 500 N. Harbor Drive Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Discovery World connects innovation, science, technology, and the environment with exploration and learning through interactive exhibits and experiential learning programs. Doors Open Milwaukee participants can visit the main entrance of the facility to enjoy family-friendly activities and receive a special Nikola tesla mustache. Visitors should meet at the information desk located directly inside Discovery World's promenade. the admission areas of Discovery World will not be open free to the public.
DR. MILDRED FISH-HARNACK COMPLEX (8TH STREET SCHOOL) 66 (4-D) 609 N. 8th Street Saturday 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Last admittance 3 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN Built in 1850, the current structure at 8th Street and Michigan avenue is the third schoolhouse to occupy the site and is the oldest Milwaukee Public Schools building still being used as a school. Now home to two MPS schools – Project StaY High School and the New School for community Service – the structure was built by architect Henry koch, who would go on to build Milwaukee’s city Hall and gesu church a decade later. Visitors will enjoy seeing the recent exterior and interior renovations to the building and the highlight of the tour is a trip to the building's massive attic, where the round windows provide a unique view of the city.
EDUCATORS CREDIT UNION 31 (1-I) 2243 N. Prospect Avenue Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Last admittance 2 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN the Prospect avenue branch of Educators credit union opened in September 2009. the architect, ken Dahlin — president of genesis architecture, constructed the building using as much “green” material as possible. it has been recognized by the american institute of architects for excellence in design. One of the building’s highlights includes the soaring three-story lobby. the tour will also include the rooftop garden, normally not open to the public. the garden was designed to help absorb pollution and noise from the busy neighborhood.
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FEDERAL COURTHOUSE 6 (4-G) 517 E. Wisconsin Avenue Saturday 10 a.m.-5p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN the Federal courthouse is an outstanding example of Richardson Romanesque Revival architecture. constructed during the 1890s, additions were made in the 1920s and 1940s. a major renovation in the 1990s highlights elements of the architectural style. tours will be offered of both the exterior and interior. Learn about this gem of Richardson Romanesque Revival and the role of the federal courts in our society today. interior tours will start at the seven-story restored atrium and exhibit area every twenty minutes. after an introduction to the building, visitors will be invited to go on a docent led tour of up to three courtrooms -- the ceremonial, the historical and the centennial courtrooms. Full tour would last one hour. Visitors will need to go through security--no weapons (including pocket knives), food or drink please. Exterior tours lasting twenty minutes, will be offered on the hour and half hour.
FIRST UNITARIAN SOCIETY OF MILWAUKEE 32 (2-G) 1342 N. Astor Street Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4 p.m. Sunday 12:30 p.m.-3 p.m. Last admittance 2:45 p.m. the church was designed for the unitarian congregation in 1892 by architects george Ferry and alfred clas. View the chanticleer on the steeple, as well as the carved sculptures adorning the entrance. Enter the English gothic-style sanctuary from the Perpendicular Period and be surrounded by the golden glow of stained glass windows. View the wooden hammer beam arches and uniquely carved stone corbels. also on the tour is the Leenhouts common Room, which displays new local art on a monthly basis. . FLORENTINE OPERA 117 (GM 2-B) 926 E. Burleigh Street Saturday and Sunday 12:30 p.m.-3 p.m. the original cream city brick buildings were constructed in the early 1900’s by H. Schmidt & Sons, to house their contracting firm. the complex was purchased in 1986 by Mario and cathy costantini, who renovated the historic structures, and expanded the campus to include a warehouse and outbuildings. Participants will be welcomed into the Florentine Opera center though its main rehearsal Hall roll-up door (accessible via the West alleyway) to experience staged rehearsals, performance work (seating will be provided), and exhibits/displays of the grammy award-winning productions created by the Florentine. this event pairs perfectly with the La Lune collection tour (also featured as a location for Doors Open Milwaukee.)
FOREST HOME CEMETERY 140 (GM 3-B) 24th & Forest Home Avenue Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday 12 noon-4 p.m. Last admittance 3:30 p.m. Visit the 1892 Landmark chapel designed by Ferry & clas (Pabst Mansion & the central Library) in a graceful English gothic structure of Lake Superior sandstone with an interior of enameled brick, extensive oak millwork, and a pair of glass conservatories. in 1896 the crematory in the lower level of the chapel was the first in Wisconsin. Historic 1909 offices include two document vaults that will be open. the conservatories are filled with decorative palms and tropical plants. the crematory below the chapel includes a chapel elevator that would carry a coffin from the sanctuary to a vault room and marble walled waiting area and the twin crematory retort entry ways. the Historic office building vaults will be open to enter and view large cemetery record books of 1850′s including the signatures of Milwaukee’s most famous names and cemetery benefactors.
Kyle Cherek of Wisconsin Foodie, and guide of the Sanford Tour (see indepth tour listings) is at the Gas Light Building (see building listings) Tours to the flame are not available during the event. Photo by Brook O’Shea
GAS LIGHT BUILDING 7 (3-G) 626 East Wisconsin Avenue Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4 p.m. constructed in 1929, the gas Light Building is a 20 story art Deco building designed by architects Eschweiler & Eschweiler. the exterior consists of granite and brick graduating in color from dark to light. the interior features intricate bronze metal work and green colored marble. known for its flame on top, the gas Light Building was used as a navigational tool by Lake Michigan ships, but is most recognized as a featured icon in weather forecasts. admire the beautiful terrazzo floors, decorative bronze metal work and marble wainscoting. guided tours of the 17th floor will provide stunning views of Lake Michigan and surrounding downtown scenery. Register to win a personalized tour of the flame (to be held at a later date.)
GLOBAL WATER CENTER 105 (5-E) 247 W. Freshwater Way Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN the global Water center is a 98,000 square foot, seven-story refurbished century-old brick and timber warehouse into a first-class office and research space. Visitors can participate in guided tours, or just check out the first floor exhibit space. Enjoy vistas of the Hoan Bridge and Milwaukee’s downtown. take a behind-the-scenes look at the lab space and see where some of the brightest minds in water-technology are making groundbreaking discoveries that have turned Milwaukee into the “Silicon Valley of Water.”
GRACE EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH 33 (2-F) 1209 North Broadway Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday 12 noon-5 p.m. Step back in time as you enter the 1901 edifice. Explore the timeless beauty of grace’s german heritage as seen through its unique architectural elements. knowledgeable guides will be available to answer questions and share stories about the church’s history, while organists entertain. Marvel at our newlyrenovated large art glass windows. Visit the grace center and savor a hot cup of coffee or cider from the grace Place coffee Shop. and come hungry. as a nod to grace’s german heritage, guests can purchase freshly-grilled brats, beer, and more.
GREAT LAKES DISTILLERY 106 (6-E) 616 W. Virginia Avenue Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m Originally buildings belonging to the Pfister-Vogel tannery, great Lakes Distillery is a small craft distillery that makes vodka, gin, rum, whiskey, fruit brandies, absinthe and other seasonal spirits. at this location, you will see the still, fermenting tanks, bottling area, bar, tasting area and retail space. On Saturday, there will be tours at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. that last about 30 minutes, with $7 tasting flights following for those interested. Sundays tours and flights start at 1 p.m.,3 p.m., & 5 p.m.. there will also be informal, guided tours throughout both days.
HAVENWOODS ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS CENTER 118 (GM 1-B) PASSPORT SITE 6141 N. Hopkins Street (one block west of Sherman Blvd. on Douglas Ave.) Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Welcome to Wisconsin’s only urban state forest! the land is the story here. in 140 years it transformed from immigrant farms, to House of correction, to uS army facility, and to a 237-acre state forest. Families, join a naturalist on a hike looking for signs of wildlife. 45 minutes, 11a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.. Drop in any time to meet some Wisconsin reptiles and amphibians close-up or to do some wildlife crafts. adults and older kids, discover Havenwoods’ fascinating past in a Powerpoint program. 30 minutes, 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. People of all ages can go on a geocaching adventure of the park’s history. Stop in the center to get a guide booklet and a gPS unit and explore on your own.
HELENE ZELAZO CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS 119 (GM 2-C) 2419 E. Kenwood Boulevard Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN Originally used as a synagogue by congregation Emanu-El B'ne Jeshurun since 1922, the Helene Zelazo center for the Performing arts boasts a grand entrance, two elaborate stained glass displays, as well as exquisite molding, arches, and decorative elements. the Zelazo center includes the 758-seat Helen Bader concert Hall, two conference facilities, six new warm-up/practice spaces and two dining and/or ballrooms. the building will be open to the public to explore. there will most likely be open rehearsals going on in the concert hall.
HILTON MILWAUKEE CITY CENTER 67 (4-E) 509 W. Wisconsin Avenue Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Built in 1927, the Hilton Milwaukee city center hotel is a classic art deco hotel with rich furnishings and distinctive architecture. Originally called the Schroeder Hotel, today the Hilton Milwaukee city center is recognized as the city's largest hotel with a tradition of excellence spanning nearly 85 years. guided tours will be available at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to showcase the hotel’s lobbies, ballrooms and guest rooms. an exhibit of the history of the building will be on display in the Hilton HHonors Lounge, formerly the Lorraine Room, on the upper Lobby Level. Self-guided tours will also be available.
HISTORIC GERMANIA 68 (4-E) 135 W. Wells Street Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN When this 1896 Beaux arts/ classical Revival building was built, it was the largest office building in Milwaukee housing the largest german language publisher in america, Brumder.. it is also the home of Milwaukee's first underground parking lot. today, it is one of the more distinctive office buildings downtown with it's pickelhaube copper domes. Visitors will able to visit the marble foyer as well as Milwaukee’s first underground parking structure.
HISTORIC TURNER HALL 69 (3-E) 1034 N. 4th Street Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Last admittance 1:30 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Last admittance 2:30 p.m. Historic turner Hall has been a Milwaukee landmark since its inauguration in 1883. the headquarters of the Milwaukee turners, one of the city's oldest civic organizations, turner Hall is among the finest remaining examples of a grand building constructed of "cream city brick." See the striking ballroom with its unusual, slanted stage and the nation's most historic, continuously operating gymnasium. Visit the beautifully restored turner Restaurant and learn how to decode the symbols hidden within the turners’ historic panorama paintings, stained glass windows, photographs, and other treasures of Milwaukee’s rich german-american heritage.
HOTEL METRO 8 (3-F) 411 E. Mason St. Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Hotel Metro was designed by Eschweiler & Eschweiler to complement and stand out in the neighborhood while offering stylish and trendy options for the time period. Locally, the art Deco movement was at its peak and the architecture of the building reflects that via the high ceilings and curvature found throughout the building. it was built as an office building in 1937 and was the first to have central air conditioning throughout. the hotel bears the interior design touch of the late Madame Liane kuony, the Fond du Lac native who was well known for her passion for design and cooking. using the exterior curves, limestone, the wraparound windows and discreet Deco detail as a planning scape, the Metro’s interior became an interpretation of the 30’s style of design that celebrated the rounded, aerodynamic shapes of the machine age and took on its current art Deco look.
IMMANUEL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 34 (2-G) 1100 N. Astor Street Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday open for public worship at 10 a.m., followed by coffee hour at 11:15 a,m,. Tours begin at 12 noon5 p.m. the oldest congregation in Milwaukee, immanuel Presbyterian church marked its 177th anniversary this year. the current church building (1875) was designed by famed Milwaukee architect Edward townsend Mix in the “High Victorian gothic” style. guests will be invited not only into an historic and beautiful building, but also into the contemporary story of this healthy and growing congregation of 600 members. Doors Open Milwaukee friends are especially invited to spend Sunday morning at immanuel. come hear immanuel's organ, one of Wisconsin's oldest, with roots in an 1881 E.& g. g. Hook and Hastings. Organist Steven Jensen will offer 30-minute organ recitals on Saturday at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. and on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
IRISH CULTURAL AND HERITAGE CENTER / GRAND AVENUE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH 93 (4-B) 2133 W. Wisconsin Avenue Saturday NOT OPEN Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. take a guided tour of the 1887 grand avenue congregational church buildings that the irish cultural and Heritage center moved to in 1996. Hear the 1910 kimball pipe organ - played all day. Visit performance spaces and the irish Emigration Library run by the irish genealogical Society of Wisconsin. the irish cultural and Heritage center is located in the former grand avenue congregational church building. the Richardsonian Romanesque building, designed by Edward townsend Mix, was completed in 1887. in 1910 an addition was built to provide office, meeting, and recreation space. the building became the home of the icHc on December 2, 1996. it is the location of concerts, Shamrock club meetings, a lending library, a genealogical library, weddings, private parties and more - activities enjoyed by irish Milwaukee and everyone else.
ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF MILWAUKEE 141 (GM 4-B) 4707 South 13th Street Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. the islamic Society of Milwaukee is the largest islamic facility in Wisconsin. See how the former New Roads School was expanded to accommodate our community’s Muslim population. Visit a Muslim prayer hall and learn about the features that are found in every mosque. Learn about the different styles of islamic calligraphy and discover why islamic art often focuses on the abstract. Visitors will have an opportunity to tour the building and have their questions answered by a member of the community. You may also have your name written in arabic calligraphy! JEWISH HOME AND CARE CENTER 35 (2-H) 1414 N. Prospect Avenue Saturday NOT OPEN Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. the Jewish Home and care center moved to this, its third location, in 1973. a self-guided tour brochure will help visitors find their way from the entrance of the Jewish Home through the first floor and across the Rubenstein Pavilion in chai Point Senior Living. Works of art on the walls can be viewed up close. Meanwhile, our beautiful view of Lake Michigan is its own work of art, framed by the beauty of our building and its elegant ballrooms and dining room. While the Jewish Home and care center and chai Point were built to insure that Jewish elderly will always have a place to live, we are open and welcoming to people of all faiths.
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JEWISH MUSEUM MILWAUKEE (EVAN & MARION HELFAER COMMUNITY SERVICE BUILDING) 36 (2-H) 1360 N. Prospect Avenue Saturday NOT OPEN Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m. to the north of the building, visitors will see the Memorial to the Holocaust designed by Milwaukee-born artist, claire Lieberman. Visitors will enter the Edward Durell Stone-designed Helfaer Building, a simple, balanced, cream colored brick building constructed in 1973. inside the building, visitors will enter the atrium of the Museum where the three story windows are covered with scrims that depict the themes of the Museum and a wall-sized Marc chagall tapestry. take a self-guided tour through the themed areas. Docent tours will also be available. admission charge for changing exhibit, Stitching History From the Holocaust.
JONES ISLAND 142 (GM 3-C) 700 E. Jones Street Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN Opened in 1926 and world-renowned for pioneering the way in modern wastewater treatment technology, Jones island was also one of the first facilities in the world to produce a fertilizer as the by-product of the water reclamation process: Milorganite. capable of treating more than 300 million gallons a day, the facility is owned and governed by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and operated and maintained by Veolia Water North america. all site visitors will receive a free 5# bag of Milorganite. Visitors have the option of going on a 60-minute in depth tour that includes the Milorganite building, or joining a shorter 40-minute tour – both of which will travel via motorcoach around the entire Jones island facility. through exhibits and the tour learn about: the history of Jones island, MMSD as one of the preeminent sewage districts in the country, and Veolia Water, the company that operates and maintains Jones island Water Reclamation Facility. and don’t miss viewing the “workhorses of wastewater” under the high-power microscope! See tour details on page 4 under FREE PUBLIC TOURS.
KENILWORTH SQUARE 37 (1-I) 1915 E. Kenilworh Place Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m. Occupying a building originally built in 1914 as a Ford Model t plant, the renovated kenilworth Square apartments opened in 2006. the first floor of kenilworth includes retail space currently occupied by a pizza parlor, 24-hour gym, salon, and a national home furnishings/clothing chain. On the upper floors, approximately 330 students live in one, two, and three-bedroom apartments. kenilworth Square also has approximately 20 apartments reserved for short-term guest housing, for the use of uWM families, friends and visitors. Visitors will be able to tour a variety of apartments within the building, led by uWM university Housing tour guides. (approximate time: 20 minutes.) Because the building is an active residence for current students, visitors are required to be escorted by a tour guide. KILBOURN AVENUE BASCULE BRIDGE 9 (3-E) PASSPORT SITE 101 E. Kilbourn Avenue Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m. kilbourn avenue Bascule Bridge is significant as Milwaukee’s most architecturally prominent bridge. in Milwaukee’s past, economy and utility had been paramount in bridge design until the administration of Mayor David Rose, the first official known to make a plea for bridge aesthetics. the kilbourn avenue Bascule Bridge was constructed in 1929 to serve as a visual link in the newly adopted civic center plan, bridging the way between the Old World character of city Hall and the new classical Revival courthouse. See how a bridge works from the bridge operator's perspective. there will be 2-3 openings per hour during the event.
KING SOLOMON MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH 70 (1-E) 2375 North 4th Street Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN king Solomon Missionary Baptist church is a Highly Victorian gothic, cream city brick building, with soaring towers inspired by the gothic cathedrals of Europe and ornate stained glass windows. Visitors will receive a brochure with information to take a self-guided tour through king Solomon Missionary Baptist church’s architecture, history and worship times. View the sanctuary where the original stained glass windows, and paintings are displayed — or take a brief guided tour, and enjoy refreshments with members of the congregation. guided tours are at designated times (Sat 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.)
KNICKERBOCKER ON THE LAKE 38 (2-G) 1028 E. Juneau Avenue Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Bad timing (1929) slowed the construction of this handsome classical revival 8-story building, which today is a condominium, apartment building and hotel. the building was going to be called the East End Manor apartment- Hotel, but by the time tenants moved in it became the Hotel knickerbocker, a name befitting its Yankee Hill neighborhood. Enjoy its beautiful architectural touches from its colonnade and arches on the ground floor to its frieze and pilasters at the top of the building.
LA LUNE COLLECTION 120 (GM 2-C) 930 E. Burleigh Street Saturday 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Last admittance 3pm Sunday NOT OPEN La Lune collection, a company that produces designer rustic furniture sold nationally, is housed in original cream city brick buildings constructed in the early 1900's by H. Schmidt & Sons. Mario & cathy costantini purchased the buildings in 1986, renovating the original buildings and constructing additional outbuildings on the property. Participants will be welcomed at the entrance of La Lune collection’s offices at 930 E. Burleigh Street, where they will be taken on a personal tour of the administrative and factory facilities. (if participants desire, they may first tour the Florentine Opera center, whose entrance is immediately west of La Lune.)
LAKEFRONT BREWERY 71 (1-F) 1872 N. Commerce Street Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 pm. Sunday 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Last admittance 4 p.m. Built in 1908, this multi-story, cream city brick industrial building does not have a particular architectural style. it does however, feature modest brick pilasters, brickwork corbel tables and a mixture of segmental-arched and regular window openings throughout the structure. the building originally served as a coal powered power plant for the Milwaukee Electric Railway and Light company. Visitors will be able to see the beautiful light fixtures that hung in the Plankinton Hotel as well as the original Bernie Brewer chalet and Mug of Beer from county Stadium.
LOYALTY BUILDING / HILTON GARDEN INN 10 (4-F) 611 N. Broadway Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Hilton garden inn Milwaukee Downtown is a brand new r epurposed hotel in the heart of the city that offers guests an unrivaled experience. the completely transformed Loyalty Building, a National Historic Landmark from 1886, provides an unforgettable backdrop for this elegant hotel in Milwaukee featuring a five story grand atrium and 14-foot ceilings in every distinctive room and suite. guests will enjoy the historic grand staircase, beautiful glass ceiling atrium, and original tile floor. MACKIE BUILDING / GRAIN EXCHANGE 11 (4-F) 225 E. Michigan Street Saturday NOT OPEN Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. the grain Exchange Room located in the Mackie Building in downtown Milwaukee, showcases beautiful “Simple italian” architecture, soaring ceilings, hand painted frescoes, gold leaf and over 10,000 sq. feet of usable event space in an outstanding and historical location. the three story “cathedral of commerce” was closely linked with the early commercial history of Milwaukee, when for a brief time, the city was the world’s largest primary wheat market for trading, exporting and inspecting grain.
MARCUS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS 12 (3-F) 929 N. Water Street Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m. the Marcus center for the Performing arts is owned and partially funded by Milwaukee county. the Marcus center has been a premier entertainment destination for Milwaukee and Wisconsin since 1969. tours of uihlein Hall, Vogel Hall, and the todd Wehr theater. Public reception and meeting spaces will be visited. guests will be familiarized with the history of the Marcus center and the its occupants. they will also gain insight into how the center is able to provide a wide variety of entertainment and reception offerings in its multiple venues.
MARIAN CENTER FOR NONPROFITS (FORMERLY ST. MARY'S ACADEMY) 143 (GM 4-C) 3195 S Superior Street Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday 12 noon-4 pm. Last admittance 3:30 p.m. Marian center’s Loretto Hall was constructed in 1904 as St. Mary's academy (SMa), a high school for women. Rosary Hall was added in 1931 to develop St. clare college, which was the predecessor of cardinal Stritch university. SMa, once the state’s largest high school for women, closed in 1991 after serving over 8,000 students. today, the Marian center, a corporate ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis of assisi, provides affordable space for nonprofits and members of the community. Visitors will enjoy self-guided tours starting from Loretto Hall (no elevator) or Rosary Hall (elevator). Highlights include chapel with mid-century stained glass, Social Room, Music conservatory, and vintage wooden lockers. the cloister Walk, with luminous stained glass, connects the buildings. Rosary Hall: Five-story brick and limestone building with Moorish decorative elements built in 1931. View the Milwaukee skyline; auditorium, gymnasium and Home Economics room; and the SMa Heritage Room.
John McGivern of Around the Corner with John McGivern, and guide of the Living in a Hotel Eloise Tour (see in-depth tour listings) is at the BMO Harris Bradley Center (see building listings) Photo by Brook O’Shea MARINE TERMINAL BUILDING 107 (5-F) 333 East Erie Street Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN the Marine terminal Building is a 450-foot long waterfront building situated along the banks of the Milwaukee River. the building, designed by albert Hecht and constructed in 1918, was formerly a warehouse used to connect maritime shipping with ground transportation, and has now been renovated into 83 units of housing with ground floor commercial and underground parking. the tour focuses on Hga architects and Engineers’ office space which features exposed concrete pillars and ceilings, maintaining the building’s industrial past. Visitors will also see the incorporation of many sustainable design factors. MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL — RAY AND KAY ECKSTEIN HALL 94 (4-D) 1215 W. Michigan Street Saturday 11am-4pm Last admittance 3:30pm Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Last admittance 2:30 p.m. Facing the Marquette interchange, this 2010 exterior’s facade is bold and dramatic. the interior is conducive to a sense of community. 20-30 minute guided tours will explore the library, reading room, trial courtroom and other areas. guided tours will be offered at 11 a.m., 12 noon, 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. on Saturday and at 12 noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY — ST. JOAN OF ARC CHAPEL 95 (4-C) 1335 W. Wisconsin Avenue (Located behind the Memorial Library) Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m. St. Joan of arc chapel likes to think of itself as being the oldest building in the western hemisphere that is still used for its intended purpose. it is believed to have begun in the late 14th or early 15th century and completed over a period of years. the chapel was originally in the little village of chasse near the city of Lyon in southeastern France. twenty-minute tours of the interior will be given throughout the event, and will be available to visitors upon request. chapel guides will be available to answer any questions for those who wish to experience the chapel on their own.
MARSHALL BUILDING 109 (5-F) 207 E. Buffalo Street Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m. Built in 1906-07, the Marshall Building was a test project for claude a.P. turner's pioneering construction method. Otherwise known as the turner System or the Spiral Mushroom System, it used flat-slab concrete floors that were supported by mushroom-headed columns and reinforced with steel rebar. today, the Marshall Building is the world's oldest existing example of claude a.P. turner's Mushroom System and is a National Historic civil Engineering Landmark. Home to over 25 art galleries & studios along with many other boutiques & offices, the Marshall Building has become Milwaukee's premier destination for the creative arts.
MCINTOSH | GOODRICH MANSION (HOME OF THE WISCONSIN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC) 39 (1-H) 1584 N. Prospect Avenue Saturday NOT OPEN Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30p.m. this Neo-classical Revival style mansion, built in 1903, was home to industrialist charles L. Mcintosh; then linseed oil businessman William Osborne goodrich and his wife, a daughter of brewing magnate captain Frederick Pabst; and finally the Wisconsin conservatory of Music in 1934. take a guided ‘highlights’ tour, offered every hour on the hour, or explore the building at your leisure with a self-guided tour pamphlet. Live performances will be presented throughout the day by the conservatory’s students.
MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM 13 (3-H) 700 N. Art Museum Drive Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30pm the graceful Quadracci Pavilion is a sculptural, postmodern addition to the Milwaukee art Museum completed in 2001, designed by Spanish architect Santiago calatrava. Drop-in architectural tours of the Quadracci Pavilion (calatrava addition) from 12 noon-4 p.m. every hour on both days. admission charge for art museum galleries. NOtE: the komen Race for the cure will occupy Lincoln Memorial Dr. near the museum Sunday morning.
MILWAUKEE BALLET 108 (6-E) PASSPORT SITE 504 W. National Avenue Saturday NOT OPEN Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m. Built by the Schlitz Brewing company to complement its famous Schlitz Palm garden, the building was originally the tivoli Palm garden. Visitors to the home of Milwaukee Ballet will see the studio spaces where dancers rehearse and perfect their artistry before they appear on the stages of the Marcus center for the Performing arts and Pabst theater. Visitors will also peek into the costume shop, where thousands of costumes have been created and maintained and where costumes for "the Nutcracker" are stored and cared for.
MILWAUKEE BANK BUILDING 14 (4-F) 210 E Michigan St (604 N. Water is Accessible) Saturday 10am-4 p.m. Last admittance 3:45 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN the Bank of Milwaukee building, home of grand avenue club, is the oldest commercial building in the city. grand avenue club colleagues will offer tours of the building and explain the mission of gac, which is to assist adults with mental illness to work and go to school. the fourth floor art gallery will feature "Focal Point: Milwaukee," a photo exhibit of scenes of Milwaukee by local photographers.
MILWAUKEE BLACKSMITH 110 (5-G) 518 E. Erie Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. the current home of Milwaukee Blacksmith, comprised of cinder blocks and roof trusses, suggest it was constructed sometime in the 1950s. Milwaukee's finest homes and buildings are adorned with ironwork which stands the test of time. When visiting Milwaukee Blacksmith for Doors Open, you will walk into the past. as you enter the shop, listen to the sounds of the hammer and the crackle of the fire. come and watch as the blacksmith and his sons use the same historical techniques to create today.
PASSPORT SITE MILWAUKEE CITY HALL (DOORS OPEN MILWAUKEE HEADQUARTERS) 1 (3-F) 200 E. Wells Street Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. When built in 1895, city Hall was the third-tallest building in the country. Milwaukee's common council chamber is the largest city council meeting room in the united States, even after the wrought-iron balcony galleries were removed as part of a renovation in 1931. Explore our most iconic landmark’s 10-story rotunda throughout the event. the Flemish Renaissance structure consists of a basement and eight stories of city offices. take a 30-minute, guided tour of the largest common council chambers in the u.S. the tower will not be open due to façade reconstruction. The Mayor’s Office will also be open for the first time this year during the event! See page 2 for more details. MILWAUKEE COMMUNITY SAILING CENTER 40 (2-I) 1450 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive Saturday NOT OPEN Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m. the Milwaukee community Sailing center (McSc) campus is located near Mckinley Marina. take a self-guided tour of the education building at the Sailing center, including the panoramic view of the city’s lakefront from the Windhover community Room. the new building contains 6,000 square feet and was built with an eye towards both nautical character and environmental sensitivity, winning multiple awards including “top Project” 2010 from the Daily Reporter, “Mayor’s Design award” 2011 from Mayor tom Barrett and “Best Environmentally Friendly” 1st Place 2011 from the Business Journal.
MILWAUKEE COUNTY COURTHOUSE 72 (3-D) 901 N. 9th Street (Wells Street entrance between 9th and 10th Street) Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN the Milwaukee county courthouse is a monumental municipal building located in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. completed in 1931, it is the county’s third courthouse. the first two county courthouses were built on what is now cathedral Square. When a larger facility was called for, a request for proposals was put out nationwide. Of 33 submissions, a New York architect, albert Randolph Ross, was chosen for the job. When finished, it was probably the most expensive building ever erected in Milwaukee - at a cost of $10 million. it also marked the end of grand neo-classical architectural buildings. Visitors will be treated to the grandeur of the Milwaukee county courthouse.
MILWAUKEE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY 73 (3-E) 910 North Old World 3rd Street Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. First housed on the unused seventh floor of the Milwaukee county courthouse, the Historical Society relocated to the architecturally significant Second Ward Savings Bank in 1965. the Milwaukee county Historical Society research library maintains an extensive collection of manuscripts, photographs, and documents related to the history of Milwaukee county, as well as naturalization papers from the circuit court dating from 1835 to 1941. McHS also houses the collection, preservation and presentation of Milwaukee county artifacts and archival materials.
MILWAUKEE COUNTY TRANSIT SYSTEM FLEET MAINTENANCE FACILITY 74 (1-C) 1525 W. Vine Street Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN there is a lot to maintaining 11 ton vehicles. Learn the details of how this is done by visiting the Fleet Maintenance Building. Very rarely do we provide tours, but we will be proud to show an inside look at Mechanical Repair where mechanics repair or replace major bus components like engines, transmissions, air-conditioning and brakes. also, get a behind the scenes look at Body Repair where mechanics repair the outside of the buses including major reworking of frames and dents to body corrosion. You'll also see where the buses are painted in large spray booths, which look like something NaSa would use. tours will be given by MctS staff (approximately every hour on the half hour, starting at 10:30 am, ending at 3:30 pm) and a historical collection of transit photographs and one of the clean-Diesel buses will be on display to view at any time from 10 am to 5 pm. this is also a great opportunity to learn about the new smart card fare system.
MILWAUKEE FIRE DEPARTMENT STATION #1 15 (3-F) PASSPORT SITE 784 N. Broadway Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. NOT OPEN WHEN ON CALL used to house Engine 1 and truck 1, the oldest companies on the Milwaukee Fire Department. this Firehouse currently house only Engine 1. truck 1 has been moved to Firehouse #3. they are the oldest companies in the Milwaukee Fire Department. truck 1 was founded in 1837, and Engine 1 in 1839. they've been together at the Broadway and Wells Station since 1840. take a guided tour of the engine house, talk to firefighters, and see the equipment housed there as well as view historic photos of past crews and fire engines. Fire House #1 is open until 5pm for the event, but may still be toured in general until 8pm.
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MILWAUKEE FIRE DEPARTMENT STATION #2 75 (3-D) PASSPORT SITE 755 N. James Lovell Street Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. NOT OPEN WHEN ON CALL Firehouse Engine #2 is the headquarters for the Milwaukee Fire Department. it houses Engine 2 and truck 2, Firefighting Deputy chief, boat pilots, the trident fire boat, incident Safety Officer and Decontamination trailer. Paramedic bicycle responders are assigned from here in the summer, and they patrol and respond to emergencies at the Maier Festival grounds. Stop in and talk to the firemen and women, and find out about their equipment and their work. Fire house and engine tours will be given. View historic photos of past crews and fire house. Displays of fire equipment will be shown throughout the day. Fire House #2 is open until 5pm for the event, but may still be toured in general until 8 p.m. Fire truck display demonstration every hour.
MILWAUKEE FIRE DEPARTMENT STATION #11 / BAY VIEW 144 (GM 3-C) PASSPORT SITE 2526 S. Kinnickinnic Avenue Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. NOT OPEN WHEN ON CALL this Bay View station was dedicated on Monday, September 27, 1965 by Mayor Henry W. Maier and houses Engine co. 11 and Ladder co. 6. the original Fire Station 11, which was also at this site, was built in 1890 and also housed Engine co. 11 Ladder co. 6. currently Station 11 houses Ladder co. 6 has four personnel on a 24-hour shift. Visitors will receive a Milwaukee Fire House tour with explanation of rig, equipment, type of responses and view of living area in quarters. tours will be tailored to age appropriate discussion. MILWAUKEE FIRE MUSEUM 145 (GM 4-B) PASSPORT SITE 1615 W. Oklahoma Avenue Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m. One of five fire stations of this style built in 1927, this station located on 16th and Oklahoma contains fire apparatus dating back to 1927 — including the department’s first ambulance, a 1947 cadillac. this station has been a museum and education center since 1995. as you enter the nearly 90-yearold building, see how the building features different construction styles and materials. See the bunkroom where the firefighters spent part of their 24-hour shift. the apparatus floor contains the department’s first ambulance, two trucks built in the Milwaukee Fire Department Shop during the 1920's and 30's. Follow a tour guide or explore at your own pace with a museum guide sheet.
MIAD — MILWAUKEE INSTITUTE OF ART AND DESIGN 111 (5-F) 273 E. Erie Street Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN MiaD's Jane Bradley Pettit building originally served as a terminal and warehouse for imported automobiles, and has served multiple ventures before the renovation began in 1989 to create the state's only independent, non-profit college of art and design offering the Bachelor of Fine arts degree. With each of its five floors spanning the length of a football field, discover the creative process with students working in their studios and giving demonstrations; experience the different labs and studios including Photography, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, industrial Design and interior architecture + Design. Explore the galleries featuring exciting exhibitions. MiaD students will be on hand to discuss their work and life at MiaD.
MILWAUKEE MAKERSPACE 146 (GM 3-C) 2555 South Lenox Street Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Originally built in 1962, this 16,000 square foot, one-story, brick building served the Bay View community as a krambo Food Store for over a decade. today it is home to Milwaukee Makerspace; a collaborative workshop and fabrication lab. Makers, builders, artists, crafters and visitors are welcome to explore our building and its various workshops and labs. Woodworking, welding, metal casting and forging, pottery, electronics, robots, and electric vehicles are just a few of the many activities and interests that will be on display.
MILWAUKEE MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN 16 (4-F) 625 N. Milwaukee Street Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Last admittance 1:30pm the brand new Milwaukee Marriott Downtown is the first full-service Marriott in downtown Milwaukee. the Hotel was designed by Milwaukee-based architecture by design firm kahler Slater, incorporating a majority of the existing 19th-century Wisconsin avenue buildings that originally stood on the site with their historic facades. the Milwaukee Marriott Downtown offers 205 well-appointed guestrooms, 9,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, concierge lounge, fitness room and indoor pool. the property is also home to a Starbucks, and features our restaurant, Millioke — a contemporary urban restaurant featuring locally sourced meats, cheeses and beer. Visitors are invited on an escorted tour of the hotel.
MILWAUKEE POLICE DEPARTMENT-COMMUNICATIONS CENTER 121 (GM 2-B) 2333 N. 49th Street Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. the building was completed in 2001 and houses Milwaukee Police District 3 as well as the communications center. calls for police service start in the technical communications Division where telecommunicators and 9-1-1 dispatchers manage hundreds of thousands of calls every year. Visitors will see the nerve center of the Milwaukee Police Department when they come to the communications center. See where calls are often a matter of life or death, and how those calls are routed to get people the life-saving help they need. in the center, officers also monitor pole cameras that are set up around the city that are often used to catch criminals on video. MILWAUKEE PUBLIC MARKET 112 (4-F) 400 N Water St. Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. the modern-day Milwaukee Public Market, which opened in October of 2005, preserves the nature of this historic neighborhood and capitalizes on the history of an area that native Wisconsinites associate with fresh food. the Market will feature exhibits focusing on the inner workings and behind-the-scenes elements of the building and its 18 vendors. View the displays and videos throughout the building, and enjoy shopping with all of the Market's specialty food vendors.
MILWAUKEE PUBLIC MUSEUM — DOME THEATER 76 (3-D) PASSPORT SITE 800 W. Wells Street Saturday 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. MPM’s Daniel M. Soref National geographic Dome theater & Planetarium, which opened in 1996, features a six-story-tall screen -- a screen so big that it can project a life-size whale. Regular theater offerings include thrilling 3D films, awe-inspiring planetarium shows, or magnificent giant screen films. MPM will be showing FREE Planetarium shows daily at the Dome theater for Doors Open Milwaukee participants. Shows will run at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.,3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Shows include “the Little Star that could,” “cosmic colors,” and “Black Holes.” tickets will be distributed at the museum on September 20 and 21 on a first-come, first-served basis. admission charges do apply for the rest of the museum.
PASSPORT SITE MILWAUKEE SAFETY ACADEMY (POLICE ACADEMY) 122 (GM 1-B) 6680 N. Teutonia Ave (parking in rear) Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Last admittance 3:30 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN the Safety academy, which houses the Milwaukee Police and Fire training academies, was built in 1964 as Madonna High School, an all-girls catholic school. in 1969, Madonna graduated its last senior class, and the city purchased the facility in 1972. the academy houses a full-sized gymnasium, workout facilities, simulated tavern, apartment, and street scenes for investigative training, an indoor firearms range, and a combustible tower in back for training fire recruits. Visitors will learn about basic police training and continuing education for existing officers, while viewing historical displays and artifacts of 154-years of tradition.
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MILWAUKEE THEATRE / UW-MILWAUKEE PANTHER ARENA 77 (3-E) 490 W. Kilbourn Avenue Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Last admittance 3:30 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN Opened in 1950, the uW-Milwaukee Panther arena has been a cornerstone to the Downtown Entertainment District. a home to sports teams, concerts, ice shows, circuses, graduations, assemblies, and competitions, the arena seats up to 12,700 people. Visitors will be welcomed to the annex, located between the uW-Milwaukee Panthers arena and the Milwaukee theatre, which will be the meeting place for tours of either building. Offered as self-guided tours, we will have displays and recordings taking you back through each building’s history of public shows and events.
MODJESKA THEATRE 147 (GM 3-B) 1134 West Mitchell Street Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. the Modjeska theatre — named after Helena Modjeska, a renowned Polish actress who specialized in Shakespearean roles — was originally built in the 1920s as a vaudeville and movie palace, and had various other uses throughout the years following until it closed in 2010. the theatre will be officially reopening on Saturday, October 25, 2014, but will be offering Doors Open Milwaukee visitors a sneak peek exclusively during the event! Visitors will receive an open-house tour on the half hour during the event. Don’t miss this exclusive sneak peek prior to the official opening!
MONARCH CORPORATION 123 (GM 1-A) 7050 N. 76th Street Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN Monarch Machining and Fabrication is an 80-year-old, Milwaukee-based company that specializes in the fabrication, machining, and assembly of large custom metal components up to 100 tons. created in 1933, Monarch continues to provide some of the industry’s best in heavy fabrication, precision machining and complex assembly services for projects ranging from mining and shipbuilding to government defense and nuclear. Small groups will be led through the shop and 100,000-square-foot facility to see processes and marvel at the size and scope of our products and machines. come see a current example of why Milwaukee used to be called the “machine shop of the world.”
MORTGAGE GUARANTY INSURANCE CORPORATION (MGIC) 17 (3-F) 270 E. Kilbourn Avenue Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. the "inverted pyramid" architectural design of Mgic's 4-story headquarters has made it one of Milwaukee's most unique buildings since its completion in 1973. the building is one of two travertine marble and bronze glass structures on the 2.5 acre Mgic Plaza. architect-engineers for the development were Fitzhugh Scott-architects, inc. of Milwaukee and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill of chicago, who also designed such famous works as the Hancock Building and Willis tower (originally known as the Sears tower) in chicago. a brief guided tour will allow guests to learn about the Warren Platner designed interior features, and also showcases museum quality works by artists alicia Penabla and Shelia Hicks.
MSOE — ALUMNI PARTNERSHIP CENTER 41 (2-F) 1120 N. Broadway Saturday 12 noon-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Last admittance 3:45 p.m. the alumni Partnership center was designed by architect H. Paul Schnetzky and built in 1890 by Emil and Valentin Blatz as the headquarters for the Blatz Brewing co. business offices. in the 1980s it was the Beer Baron Restaurant, and in 1989 became part of MSOE. Visitors marvel at the hand-carved fireplace mantels, hardwood floors and oak beams. in the great Room, the beer barons of Milwaukee look down on visitors from a two-story skylight. also see a walk-in vault which housed money and important records for Blatz.
MSOE — GROHMANN MUSEUM 42 (3-F) 1000 N. Broadway Saturday 12 noon-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Last admittance 3:45 p.m. the grohmann Museum building was built in 1924 as a cadillac dealership. the building was used (1970s-1990s) as the Milwaukee branch of the chicago Federal Reserve Bank. Purchased by Dr. Eckhart grohmann as a gift to MSOE in 2005, the building was renovated as the grohmann Museum. Visitors are invited to browse the Man at Work collection, comprising more than 1,000 paintings and sculptures dating from 1580 to the present. three floors of galleries display a core collection and special exhibitions. Don’t miss the rooftop sculpture garden.
MSOE — KERN CENTER 43 (2-F) 1245 N. Broadway Saturday 12 noon-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Last admittance 3:45 p.m. the kern center opened in 2004. it is MSOE’s health, wellness, fitness and recreation facility and houses an NHL-sized ice arena, basketball arena, fitness center, field house, recreational running track, group exercise room and wrestling area. the field house offers views of the new Viets Field.
MSOE — KRUEGER HALL 18 (3-F) 820 N. Milwaukee Street Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m. this external red brick and heavily fortified concrete building was originally Milwaukee tire co. in the 1920s and 1930s. the ground floor was the show room, and the second floor was a repair center complete with an automobile elevator. in the 1940s and 1950s, it was kvamm cadillac. it was then a print shop in the 1960s through the 1990s. Now it is the home to MSOE’s Rapid Prototyping center and WMSE Radio.
NEWSROOM 19 (3-F) 137 E. Wells Street Saturday and Sunday 11:30 p.m.-5 p.m. this elegantly-restored nineteenth-century pub and dining room showcases the Milwaukee Press club’s nonpareil collection of famous autographs from Hedda Hopper to ann Landers to Barack Obama. a must-stop for celebrities, the Newsroom banquet rooms are owned and operated with pride by the Safe House and offers a uniquely memorable experience. about 300 framed celebrity autographs were retrieved from the golda Meier Library's archive and displayed again for the public, on permanent loan. the chandeliers are from John Ernst's - and fashioned by Milwaukee's wrought iron designer, cyril colnick. a special attraction in the Newsroom is the disappearing booth that transports people into the Safe House. the latest addition to the newsroom is control’s Booth, available by reservation only. NATIONAL ACE HARDWARE 78 (2-E) 1303 N. 4th Street Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. National ace Hardware is a family owned and operated business spanning three generations. the main location is 64,000 sq. ft. in the Haymarket Square area just north of downtown Milwaukee. Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the first floor, learn the history of the building and of National ace Hardware, see the original fixtures of kornelly Hardware (a turn of the century Milwaukee Hardware store), a display of antique tools, and the oldest operating boiler in the county built in 1910 (3rd oldest in the state).
NEXT ACT THEATRE 113 (5-F) 255 S. Water Street Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN Next act converted a crane bay, originally built in 1989, into a state of the art theatre complex, opening it in October 2011. Visitors will be guided through the entire building including a backstage experience. Our first production of the season will be in its first weekend of performances so certain backstage areas will be closed in the afternoon. Photos of the conversion process are displayed on the backstage walls. and the bar will be open for those looking for a little refreshment on the tour. THE NORTH END 44 (1-F) 1551 N. Water Street Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN the North End is built on the remediated Pfister & Vogel tannery site, its location landmarked by the historic Water tower on Water & Pleasant. Offering a variety of luxury apartment homes, residents enjoy luxury inside and out. Don't forget to visit Denim Park, where the North End offers a live music series Wednesday evenings in the summer months. Visitors on Doors Open Milwaukee weekend will enjoy the life of a North End resident, starting with a tour of furnished homes as well as all the amenity spaces. Stick around and enjoy light fare alfresco and enjoy live music in Denim Park!
NORTH POINT TOWER 45 (GM 2-C) 2288 N. Lake Drive at E. North Avenue Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN celebrate the 140th anniversary of the Milwaukee Water Works with a visit to the iconic tower. By virtue of its appearance and historical association, the North Point tower is symbolic of Milwaukee’s bountiful water supply. the structure possesses the integrity of original location and workmanship, and intangible elements of feeling and association extending back into the history of the Milwaukee Water Works. the North Point tower was used in the utility’s first “works” from 1874-1963. the tower’s staircase is not structurally sound nor wide enough for visitors to climb, but they can step inside the tower’s base and look to the top.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who will have his office open during the event, is operating a downtown bridge. The Kilbourn Avenue and State Street Bascule Bridges will be open during Doors Open Milwaukee.
Photo by Brook O’Shea
OLD SOUTHSIDE SETTLEMENT MUSEUM 148 (GM 3-B) PASSPORT SITE 707 W. Lincoln Avenue Saturday NOT OPEN Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m. the Old South Side Settlement Museum focuses on the history of the Park Neighborhoods (Lincoln Village and Baran Park). the museum is spread across several rooms on the ground floor of a 105-year-old house, and each room representing different families at different time periods of the neighborhood. the front room/reception area of the museum features artists whose work has been prominent of the area. the dining room resembles the 1920s era when the Rozgas (the family of the funeral home next door) lived there. Other rooms feature cultural groups that have contributed to the unique character of the Park Neighborhoods.
ORLANDINI STUDIOS 114 (6-E) PASSPORT SITE 633 W. Virginia Street Saturday and Sunday 12 noon-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m. the ornamental plaster studio shop was originally built around 1900. Matt and Julian Orlandini purchased the property in august of 1964 as a duplex. Orlandini has been open and doing business since august of 1965. Julian’s living quarters, which were on the second floor, will be open to the public to view the paintings of Debra Stubbe Burkart and the photos of Shelly Orlandini. the shop will also be open to the public. Eugene Orlandini, third-generation Ornamental Plasterer, will be on hand to explain how ornamental plaster can be used in your home, as well as how pieces are made. Orlandini Studios will be offering a ‘special gift’ for children who visit the PaSSPORt SitE with their Doors Open Milwaukee passport. (Warning: the studio is dusty, so black clothes are not encouraged.) OUR DAILY SALT / H. C. ANTON BUILDING 149 (GM 3-B) 3519 West National Avenue Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. a former turn-of-the-century grocery store, the anton Building is constructed of cream city brick and still contains its original tin ceiling. although much of the character and charm remain, it has been remodeled to presently house Our Daily Salt — a manufacturer of handcrafted housewares. Our Daily Salt's beautiful gallery space is filled with work by local artists. See how handcrafted products are made as various craftspeople work within the space.
OUR SAVIOR’S LUTHERAN CHURCH 96 (4-A) 3022 W. Wisconsin Avenue Saturday 10 a.m.-5p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m. Sunday 12:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m. Our Savior's Lutheran church, founded by Norwegian immigrants on Milwaukee's southside in 1858, built the present building on the site of the todd Wehr Estate in 1954. Before entering the Wisconsin avenue doors, look up to the 15' "the inviting christ" statue and notice the solar panels (2.24 kw) that were installed in 2008. Stepping up to the Narthex, gaze into the church where "the abiding christ" window and organ music bid you enter. Wander or sit in the sanctuary, where you will recognize Old and New testament stories in the stained glass windows. the History Room and chapel are open for visitors. Your guides are eager to share about the mission and ministries of the congregation.
PARK LAFAYETTE TOWERS 46 (1-I) 1918 E. Lafayette Place Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN Park Lafayette towers is a luxury high-rise community, originally built by a chicago-based developer to be a condominium project. Both towers are 20 stories and connected with an underground parking structure. amazing city and lakefront views throughout! Visitors will enjoy a guided tour of the towers, that include furnished model homes as well as all amenity spaces. Visit a courtyard terrace with outdoor kitchen, clubroom and fitness studio, and enjoy live music and culinary treats alfresco.
For more information on buildings, visit doorsopenmilwaukee.org.
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DOORS OPEN MILWAUKEE MILWAUKEE 2014 LIST OF SITES BY NEIGHBORHOOD
Numbers (1) correspond with the site label on the map, codes (GM 1-B, 5-G) refer to the coordinate location on the Downtown Map (pages 12 - 13)
or Greater Milwaukee (GM) map (page 14). Asterisks ( * ) indicate sites with additional ticketed tours. Numbers not in a colored dot mark FREE PRESENTATIONS, FREE PUBLIC TOURS, or IN-DEPTH TOURS, described below.
OPEN SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, 9/20 & 9/21
OPEN SATURDAY ONLY, 9/20
OPEN SUNDAY ONLY, 9/21
JUNEAUTOWN 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Milwaukee City Hall (DOMKE Headquarters) . . . . . . . . . . (3-F) Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (3-G) CityCenter at 735 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (3-F) Colby Abbot Building . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (3-F) Discovery World* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (4-H) Federal Courthouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(4-G) ( Gas Light Building . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(3-G) Hotel Metro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (3-F) .(3-E) Kilbourn Avenue Bascule Bridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(3-E)
10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Loyalty Building / Hilton Garden Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (4-F) Mackie Building / Grain Exchange . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (4-F) Marcus Center for the Performing Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (3-F) Milwaukee Art Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (3-H) Milwaukee Bank Building . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(4-F) Milwaukee Fire Dept. Station #1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (3-F) .(4-F) Milwaukee Marriott Downtown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(4-F) Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corp. (MGIC) . . . . . . . . . (3-F) ( MSOE Krueger Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(3-F)
27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36
All Saints' Cathedral . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..(2-G) (2-G) Central Seventh-Day Adventist Church . . . . . . . . . . (GM 2-C) (1-H) Charles Allis Art Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..(1-H) David Barnett Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(3-G) ( Educators Credit Union . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (1-I) First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..(2-G) (2-G) Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (2-F) Immanuel Presbyterian Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (2-G) Jewish Home and Care Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (2-H) Jewish Museum Milwaukee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (2-H)
37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46
Kenilworth Square . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (1-I) Knickerbocker on the Lake* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(2-G) (1-H) McIntosh | Goodrich Mansion (WCM) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..(1-H) (2-I) Milwaukee Community Sailing Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..(2-I) MSOE Alumni Partnership Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (2-F) MSOE Grohmann Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (3-F) MSOE Kern Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(2-F) The North End . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (1-F) North Point Tower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (GM 2-C) Park Lafayette Towers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (1-I)
56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66
Apartments at the Grand Wisconsin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(3-E) .(3-E) ASQ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(4-F) .(4-F) Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery* . . . . . . . . . . . . .(2-D) Blue Dress Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(1-F) ( BMO Harris Bradley Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (3-E) Brewhouse Inn & Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..(2-D) (2-D) Buck Bradley's / A. Schoenleber Building . . . . . . . . . . . . . (3-E) Calvary Presbyterian Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (4-D) Cardinal Stritch University City Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (2-D) Central Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (3-D) Dr. Mildred Fish-Harnack Complex (8th Street School) . . ..(4-D) (4-D)
67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77
Hilton Milwaukee City Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (4-E) Historic Germania . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (3-E) Historic Turner Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (3-E) King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..(1-E) (1-E) Lakefront Brewery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (1-F) Milwaukee County Courthouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (3-D) Milwaukee County Historical Society . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (3-E) Milwaukee County Transit System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (1-C) (3-D) Milwaukee Fire Dept. Station #2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..(3-D) Milwaukee Public Museum - Dome Theater . . . . . . . . . . .(3-D) .(3-D) Milwaukee Theatre / UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena . . . . (3-E)
88 89 90 91 92
Ambassador Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (4-A) Brass Light Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(4-D) Bridging the Gap Learning Center, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..(3-C) (3-C) Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..(3-D) (3-D) City Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (5-B)
Irish Cultural and Heritage Center / ( Grand Avenue Congregational Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(4-B) Marquette University Law School - Ray and Kay Eckstein Hall . ..(4-D) (4-D) Marquette University - St. Joan of Arc Chapel . . . . . . . . .(4-C) Our Savior's Lutheran Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..(4-A) (4-A)
101 102 103 104 105
88Nine Radio Milwaukee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(5-F) ( Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co. (Walker's Point Roastery) . (6-E) Brenner Brewing Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(6-E) .(6-E) Clock Shadow Building . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (6-F) Global Water Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (5-E)
106 107 108 109 110
Great Lakes Distillery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (6-E) Marine Terminal Building . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (5-F) Milwaukee Ballet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(6-E) .(6-E) Marshall Building . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (5-F) Milwaukee Blacksmith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (5-G)
116 117 118 119 120 121
Century City Tower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..(GM (GM 2-B) Florentine Opera . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (GM 2-B) Havenwoods Environmental Awareness Center . . . . (GM 1-B) Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts . . . . . . (GM 2-C) La Lune Collection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (GM 3-C) Milwaukee Police Communications (GM 2-B) ns Centerr . . . . . . . . . . ..(GM
122 123 124 125 126 127
Milwaukee Safety Academy (Police Academy) . . . . . . . (GM 1-B) Monarch Corporation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (GM 1-A) Plymouth Church UCC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (GM 2-C) Schlitz Audubon Nature Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (GM 1-B) Sherman Park Commons Senior Living Center . . . . . ..(GM (GM 2-B) Sherman Perk Coffee Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (GM 2-B)
134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142
Alverno College / Sister Joel Read Center . . . . . . . . .(GM .(GM 4-B) American System - Built Home Model . . . . . . . . . . . . (GM 3-B) Basilica of St. Josaphat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(GM .(GM 3-B) (GM 3-C) Beulah Brinton House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..(GM Bryant's Cocktail Lounge* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (GM 3-B) Calvary Cemetery Chapel* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(GM 3-B) Forest Home Cemetery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (GM 3-B) (GM 4-B) Islamic Society of Milwaukee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..(GM . (GM 3-C) Jones Island* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(GM
143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151
Marian Center (formerly St. Mary's Academy) . . . . . . . . .(GM 4-C) (GM 3-C) Milwaukee Fire Dept. Station #11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..(GM .(GM 4-B) Milwaukee Fire Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(GM Milwaukee Makerspace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (GM 3-C) Modjeska Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (GM 3-B) Old Southside Settlement Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (GM 3-B) Our Daily Salt / H.C. Anton Building . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (GM 3-B) Robert A. Anderson Water Tower and Municipal Building . (GM 4-B) .(GM 4-C) Saint Francis de Sales Seminary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(GM
19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
Newsroom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..(3-F) (3-F) Pfister Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (3-F) ( Railway Exchange . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(4-F) The Safe House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (3-F) .(3-E) State Street Bascule Bridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(3-E) US Bank Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (4-G) Watts Building . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (3-F) .(3-F) Wells Building . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(3-F)
47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55
Plaza Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(3-G) .(3-G) St. Joan Antida High School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..(2-G) (2-G) sage ON JACKSON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..(2-F) (2-F) Saint John's on the Lake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..(1-I) (1-I) St. Paul's Episcopal Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (2-G) The Standard at East Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (GM 2-C) Summerfield United Methodist Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (2-G) Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum . . . . . . . . . . . (GM 2-C) Woman's Club of Wisconsin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (3-G)
78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87
National Ace Hardware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (2-E) Plankinton Building . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (4-F) Polaris at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee . . . . . . . . . . . . . (3-E) Pritzlaff Building . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (4-F) Riverside Theater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..(3-F) (3-F) St. Benedict the Moor Parish Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (3-D) St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (2-D) Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (U.A.C) . . . . . . . . . . ..(3-D) (3-D) We Energies Public Service Building . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (4-E) Wisconsin Club Belvedere* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(4-D)
97 98 99 100
Pevnick Studios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..(4-A) (4-A) Redeemer Lutheran Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..(4-B) (4-B) Saint George Melkite Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..(3-C) (3-C) Tripoli Shrine Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (4-A)
111 112 113 114 115
MIAD - Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design . . . . . . . . . . . . (5-F) Milwaukee Public Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (4-F) Next Act Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..(5-F) (5-F) Orlandini Studios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (6-E) The Pitch Project . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (6-E)
128 129 130 131 132 133
Sherman Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (GM 2-B) Thurston Woods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (GM 1-B) Villard Square Branch Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(GM . (GM 1-B) Weld Guy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..(GM (GM 1-B) Wisconsin Black Historical Society . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (GM 2-B) Wm. K. Walthers, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (GM 1-B)
152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159
Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (GM 4-C) South Shore Pavilion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (GM 3-C) St. Joseph Chapel of School Sisters of St. Francis . . . . (GM 3-B) St. Lucas Evangelical Lutheran . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (GM 3-C) .(GM 4-B) St. Mary and St. Anthony Coptic Orthodox Church . .(GM . (GM 3-B) St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church . . . . . . . . . . . .(GM Survive Alive House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (GM 3-B) Urban Ecology Center / Menomonee Valley . . . . . . (GM 3-B)
YANKEE HILL/PROSPECT AVENUE
MARQUETTE/AVENUES WEST 94 95 96
HISTORIC THIRD WARD/WALKER’S WARD/WALKER’S POINT
FREE PUBLIC TOURS
Tickets (when required) are given out FREE TO THE PUBLIC
In-Depth Tours are available to the general public for $5 per ticket. Tickets will be sold exclusively online. Tickets for In-Depth Tours
on a first-come, first-served basis at 10 a.m. on the tour
will not be sold or given the day of the event at City Hall Headquarters. Please see pages 22 and 23 for more information.
date. Please see the FREE PUBLIC TOURS listing on page 4 for ticket distribution location and more information. 1 2 3 4 5 6
. (GM 3-B) Biking on the Hank Aaron State Trail . . . . . .(GM Milwaukee Food & City Tours . . . . . (3-E, 3-F, 4-E, 4-F) Inside the DOT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (4-E) Port of Milwaukee Bus Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . (GM 3-C) Soldiers Home Historic District . . . . . . . . . . . (GM 3-B) Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility . . (GM 3-C)
FREE PRESENTATIONS Please see the FREE PRESENTATIONS listing on page 4 for more information. 1 2 3
( 3-B) Basilica of St. Josaphat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(GM The Making of Milwaukee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(3-D) Picturing Milwaukee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (GM 2-B)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
Brady Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(1-G) Brady Street Walking Food Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (1-H) The Brewery: The Evolution of an Icon . . . . . . . . . . .(2-D) Bryant's Cocktail Lounge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (GM 3-B) The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist . . . . . . . . (3-G) Colectivo Roasting Facility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (GM 2-C) Discovery World Aquarium Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (4-H) German Milwaukee Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (2-F) Ghosts of Milwaukee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (5-F) Harley-Davidson Museum History Tour . . . . . . . . . . . (5-E) Hentzen Coatings Production Tour . . . . . . . . . .(GM 1-A) Historic Yankee Hill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (2-G) Illuminated Milwaukee: Exploring Downtown’s Exterior Lighting . . . . . . . . . . (3-F) Iron Block Building . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (4-F) Listening to Mitchell on Historic Mitchell Street .(GM 3-B) Living in a Hotel: Eloise at the Plaza . . . . . . . . . . . . (2-G) Maker of Milwaukee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(2-G)
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COUSINS SUBS Participating Locations: 1 (4-C) 1612 West Wisconsin avenue (414-277-7007) 2 (1-H) 1233 East Brady Street (414-220-9444) 3 (3-E) 1001 North Old World 3rd Street (414-224-6050) 4 (4-F) 324 East Wisconsin avenue (414-272-0876) www.cousinssubs.com 5 (4-A) TRIPOLI SHRINE CENTER’S MELHAM CAFE 3000 West Wisconsin avenue www.tripolishrinecenter.com
6 (4-G) THE FAST FOODIE – Home of the globaco! Stationed at the uS Bank center on Wisconsin avenue from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. www.thefastfoodieonline.com
FREE PARKING Street Parking
On Saturday, street parking is often free east of i-94 downtown (including meters), though times (e.g., 2-hour limit) must be observed. Please read the signs carefully to make sure this rule applies.
On Sunday, street parking in all metered and non-metered parking spaces is free, unless otherwise stated.
FREE PARKING STRUCTURES AND LOTS for DOORS OPEN MILWAUKEE Saturday and Sunday
(if asked by attendant, say you’re a guest of Doors Open Milwaukee.)
Marquette: 1749 N. 16th St. (enter structure via 16th St. northbound)
Marquette: 1240 W. Wells St. (enter structure on N. side of street) U.S. Bank: 716 E. clybourn (enter structure from the east off Lincoln Mem. Dr., located E. of Van Buren) all day Sat.; after 1:30 Sun. exit by 6pm
MGIC garage: 250 E. kilbourn (between Water & Broadway) 9:30-5pm MSOE: State Street Lot a from 12 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Northwestern Mutual: 611 E.Wisconsin (enter surface lot behind this building from Van Buren northbound between Michigan & Wisconsin). Opens at 9:30. Exit by 5:30pm onto Jackson St.
the Susan g. komen Race for the cure is on Sunday morning, September 22nd. Some of the race will involve closed streets east of Milwaukee Street and south of Wisconsin avenue. there may also be some freeway exits closed in the downtown area. those closures should be over by 11:30am.
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PEVNICK STUDIOS 97 (4-A) 527 N. 27th Street (Entrance through alley door) Saturday NOT OPEN Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m. the 1878 cream city Brick italianate front building was the clybourn Street School until the late 1920s. it is the second-oldest surviving MPS school building in the city. Visitors will see a brightly-lit graphical Waterfall® standing 12 feet off the ground, programmed by computer to produce ribbons, shapes, words and games. Water droplets fall through valves with the speed of gravity and patterns are created by the presence and absence of water, like a dot-matrix printer. a 16-foot-wide waterfall produces 6,000-12,000 water droplets per second. Entertaining for all ages. children must be supervised, as the space is a working warehouse.
THE PITCH PROJECT 115 (6-E) 706 S. 5th Street Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mike Brenner [see Brenner Brewing company] is working to open a 25,000 sq ft arts incubator in the building with his brewery, which will feature a 1,500 sq ft contemporary art gallery and 20 artists' studio spaces. artists are scheduled to move into the Pitch Project November 1st. See it before it officially opens!
PFISTER HOTEL 20 (3-F) 424 E Wisconsin Avenue Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Last admittance 1:45 p.m. the Pfister Hotel, built in 1893 has been the premier downtown Milwaukee hotel for over a century and continues to celebrate a tradition of gracious service and impeccable style. guido Pfister, a local tannery owner, wanted to build a "palace for the people" in Milwaukee, especially after the Newhall House burned down in 1883. From the moment you arrive you will notice the extraordinary architecture and welcoming ambiance marked by a priceless Victorian art collection, which rivals that of any hotel in the world. Begin your visit in the Rouge where Peter Mortensen will share a brief history of the Pfister Hotel. Subject to availability, you are invited to explore the mezzanine level of this grand hotel. complimentary parking will be extended to those Doors Open guests who make a purchase in our Well Spa, cafe Pfister or attend our Sunday Brunch.
PLANKINTON BUILDING 79 (4-F) 161 West Wisconsin Avenue Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in 1868, John Plankinton, founder and owner of the Plankinton Meat Packing company, erected the Plankinton House Hotel on what is now the corner of Wisconsin and Plankinton avenues. in 1915, the building was razed and a smaller hotel was rebuilt just south of the original structure. in its place was built the Plankinton arcade, which consists of the basement and first two stories of the current building. in the 1980s, the Milwaukee Redevelopment corporation purchased the Plankinton Building to incorporate it into the grand avenue development. the statue of John Plankinton (circa 1880's) is situated in the center of the circular atrium.
PLAZA HOTEL 47 (3-G) 1007 N. Cass Street Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Plaza Hotel opened in 1925 as a large four story red brick and steel apartment hotel. the first story is faced in gray stone, and the remaining stories are red brick with stone trimmings. architect george W. adams designed this art Deco building — which is defined by rich colors, bold geometric shapes and beautiful ornamentation. two floors are hotel guest rooms and the two floors above are residencies. the first floor location offers a bustling, vintage café and a dedicated spa treatment room. the Plaza is known as a residential nook on Milwaukee's Lower East Side. the hotel lobby and several guest rooms will be available for viewing. café at the Plaza will be open from 7am - 2pm.
PLYMOUTH CHURCH UCC 124 (GM 2-C) 2717 E. Hampshire Street Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m. Hundred year old gem: alexander Eschweiler designed the original Plymouth church (1913). Later additions included a gymnasium (1919) and school building (1928). Eight romanticized images of the life of Jesus by the tiffany Studio adorn the sanctuary. a dramatic west window by tiffany depicts the “angel of Peace.” Recent major renovation by Vince Micha of the kubala Washatko architects recognized with "Mayor's Design award" for "Design that grabs You." the renovation preserved the historic appeal while making the building handicap accessible. the building is home to a progressive christian congregation (Plymouth church) as well as numerous other nonprofits serving the common good. Visitors will be able to chose either guided or self-guided tours of the building. tours will explain the unique elements of the building and the stories behind the tiffany windows.
POLARIS AT THE HYATT REGENCY MILWAUKEE 80 (3-E) 333 W. Kilbourn Avenue Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m. the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee location is where President theodore Roosevelt left the Hotel gilpatrick, prior to being shot in the chest while campaigning for President on October 14th, 1912. Experience the 360 degree picturesque views of Milwaukee from Polaris, Wisconsin's only revolving rooftop banquet space, perfect for receptions, meal functions, and brunches! From the 20th floor of the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee, Polaris provides an experience like no other. For nearly three decades, Milwaukeeans and visitors have ascended to the spectacular space at Hyatt Regency Milwaukee for engagements, corporate events, social events, weddings, and much much more!
PRITZLAFF BUILDING 81 (4-F) 311 N. Plankinton Avenue Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m. the Pritzlaff Buildings are a complex of 6 large ornate italianate cream city brick and heavy timber construction buildings erected between 1875 and 1919 by the John Pritzlaff Hardware company. Pritzlaff was a large hardware distributor located until 1958. it is now being renovated by Sunset investors into a mixed use space with offices and banquet halls on the first floor, and apartments on floors 2 -7. Learn about the history of 19th-century wholesalers who grew Milwaukee into a hub of trade. View some of the huge hardware catalogs that Pritzlaff used for selling and distributing their goods, then tour through unfinished areas of the building, construction and completed areas. Pritzlaff is a work in progress.
RAILWAY EXCHANGE 21 (4-F) 229 East Wisconsin Avenue Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Last admittance 1:45 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN the Railway Exchange Building, located on one of the most prominent corners in downtown Milwaukee, the southwest corner of Broadway and Wisconsin avenues on the edge of the third Ward and East town, was built in 1899-1900. a brief description of the history and features of the building will be provided by the Building team member. Visitors will be asked to take the elevator to the 12th floor and to walk back down the cast iron and marble stairway all the way to the first floor so that they can see the original corridors with original doors, hardware and window systems to the offices on each floor. Views of Lake Michigan and the city skyline are spectacular. Railway Exchange is undergoing a storefront restoration to be completed in November.
REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH 98 (4-B) 1905 W Wisconsin Ave. (sanctuary entrance, double glass doors) Saturday NOT OPEN Sunday 12 noon -5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m. Redeemer Lutheran church (originally Evangelical Lutheran church of the Redeemer) was founded in 1890. the current building dates from 1915. at that time, the estimated cost of the furnished church and parish hall was $50,000 (exclusive of the grounds). the architect, William H. Schuchardt, designed the gothic sanctuary — one of the finest examples of traditional and modern architectural masterpieces of Lutheran edifices in america. Visitors are welcome to tour the gothic-style sanctuary.
RIVERSIDE THEATER 82 (3-F) 116 W. Wisconsin Avenue Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m. (Times subject to change) the Riverside, which opened in 1928, was designed by local architects charles kirchoff and thomas Rose. kirchoff and Rose designed many theaters, including the Palace theater in New York city. the building that houses the theater is twelve stories tall, and includes office space in the front portion of the building. tour this graceful Vaudeville style theater steeped in adversity: from opening shortly before the great Depression, to a 1966 fire that almost destroyed it, and an 80year battle to keep the Milwaukee River out of its basement. On your self-guided tour you will come across historical displays, balcony views, and screen presentations of past Riverside performances. the Riverside theater will be providing daily performances, hosted by the Dairyland theater Organ Society, to provide an atmosphere of what show performance were like when the theater was constructed. Please check www.pabsttheater.org for more details.
Common Council President Michael Murphy, who will be giving tours of the Common Council Chambers during the event (see City Hall building listing) is on the observation deck of the US Bank Center (see building listings.) Photo by Brook O’Shea ROBERT A. ANDERSON WATER TOWER AND MUNICIPAL BUILDING 150 (GM 4-B) 4001 S. 6th St. Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN constructed in 1940, this art Deco tower was built by the town of Lake to house its water tower and municipal offices. it was dedicated to former alderman Robert a. anderson in 1994. the water tank is no longer active. after extensive interior renovation culminating in 2002, the building was occupied by the city's Department of Neighborhood Services' Residential code Enforcement, court and Special Enforcement Divisions. Visitors may join a guided tour of the building's public areas and top-floor , indoor water tank (stairs required to this area). the Water tower offers a unique view of Milwaukee from downtown to Lake Michigan and southern Milwaukee county. tours will depart from the first floor lobby every half hour.
THE SAFE HOUSE 22 (3-F) PASSPORT SITE 779 N. Front Street Saturday and Sunday 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. this spy museum/restaurant is a favorite Milwaukee attraction, created in 1966 by designer David Baldwin. You can expect intrigue and surprises. a full selection of cocktails, wine and beer, and spycialty drinks is served in an atmosphere of family fun. Yes, you need the password. No, we can’t divulge it. But be assured you’ll get in as soon as you pass your (fun) spy clearance test to prove you’re a friendly. and once you’re in – the Safe House is divided into international sectors – look for the Swiss chalet, the Hong kong section, the Paris café, the Mediterranean Room, the English room. Find the hidden spy devices like the crafty instant alibis phone booth, the escape route. can’t tell you much more or…well, you know.
sage ON JACKSON 49 (2-F) 1509 N. Jackson Street Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m. Sunday 12 noon-4 p.m. Last admittance 3:30 p.m. sage ON JackSON is the first new, “ground up,” residential development completed by Dominion Properties. Join members of the project team for guided tours of the property. Listen and learn as they share information about the building’s unique sustainable features and provide insight about the environmentally conscious decisions made during the design and construction process. Visitors can explore a model unit and watch a time-lapse video, showcasing unique green enhancements built into the structure.
ST. BENEDICT THE MOOR PARISH CHURCH 83 (3-D) 924 W. State Street Saturday 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Last admittance 3:45 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN St. Benedict the Moor is the first african-american catholic church in Milwaukee established in 1908 by layman captain Lincoln Valle and his wife Julia. capuchin Franciscans assumed full-time responsibility for St Ben’s in 1911. Originally occupying a day school and boarding school for black youth, the schools closed in the 60s when the freeway was built. Mike & Nettie cullen of the catholic Worker Movement brought the meal program to the parish, which began in their kitchen. Since, St Ben's has become a revitalized community parish fueled by enthusiasm in caring for the poor. Visitors can tour the 1923 Romanesque church, enjoying the many statues, carvings and artwork throughout, as well as a poster exhibit of past school activities. Parishioners will be on hand to tell our story and answer questions.
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SAINT FRANCIS DE SALES SEMINARY 151 (GM 4-C) 3257 South Lake Drive Saturday NOT OPEN Sunday 12-4 p.m. Last admittance 3:30 p.m. Saint Francis de Sales Seminary is the oldest Roman catholic seminary in continuous existence in the united States. Built in 1855 by workmen and Franciscan brothers who made the bricks themselves, the american Federalist style building was paid for by donations averaging $1.00. it remains the center of Seminary life today. Visitors will see christ king chapel with its Marie Herndl stained-glass windows which were shipped from Munich in 1899, the hand-carved grand staircase that winds up all five floors, the entryway chandelier from king Ludwig of Bavaria and the museum with early prints and paintings of Saint Francis de Sales Seminary as well as artifacts from its history. Visitors may also browse through the Seminary’s Salzmann Library which was completed in 1908 and houses more than 89,000 books. SAINT GEORGE MELKITE CHURCH 99 (3-C) 1617 West State Street Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. constructed with Milwaukee cream city brick by architect Erhard Brielmaier and Sons (see St. Benedict the Moor, St. Josaphat’s Basilica), and crowned with three bulbous onion domes, Saint george church was constructed in 1917 to replace rented locations used for worship by Wisconsin’s Middle-Eastern catholic congregation. Visitors to Saint george may view and ask questions or join any impromptu tour in session. Questions are encouraged about the past and current community as well as about changes in the internal design over the century.
PASSPORT SITE ST. JOAN ANTIDA HIGH SCHOOL 48 (2-G) 1341 N. Cass Street Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Last admittance 2:30 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN Founded in 1954 in the Spirit of St. Joan antida thouret and the tradition of the catholic faith, St. Joan antida High School (SJa) is the premier only all-girls, urban, catholic high school serving Milwaukee's underprivileged youth. SJa is celebrating sixty years of serving the educational needs and life aspirations of young women. upon entering the school, visitors will find three floors of family-friendly activities. Spend some time viewing a display of student artwork, exploring the chapel, or try out the hand bells and african drums. Historical pictures will also be on display.
The Milwaukee Safety Academy (Police Academy) is open for the first time this year during Doors Open Milwaukee, and is a Family Passport site (see building listings.)
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ST. JOHN'S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH 84 (2-D) 804 W. Vliet Street Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5p.m. Last admittance 4:45pm St. John’s is one of Milwaukee’s finest examples of high Victorian gothic ecclesiastical architecture. Designed by architect Herman Paul Schnetzky, it was completed in 1890. the East tower, with three bronze bells weighing six tons total, is 197 feet′ tall while the west tower is 127′ feet tall. the church seats 1,100 people. the unique theatre style lighting, featuring 800 individual light fixtures installed in 1909, is seldom seen in churches. interesting features include an elevated pulpit and an ornate handcarved altar. Open for public worship on Sunday at 10am.
SAINT JOHN’S ON THE LAKE 50 (1-I) 1800 N Prospect Avenue Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4 p.m. Founded in 1868, Saint John's On the Lake is a vibrant, inclusive retirement community designed by the award-winning international architecture and design firms, Perkins-Eastman, and Hg architects. Saint John's is a community like no other in Milwaukee. Feel the "vibe” of the city outside the front door. View "Summer Dances: Monotypes by Jan Serr, " created especially for this exhibit at Milwaukee's newest museum, MOWa On the Lake, in collaboration with the Wisconsin Museum of art in West Bend. Enjoy guided tours of the town centre, including our casual Bistro, taylor’s Restaurant, the award-winning Federaliststyle chapel, 146 years of history, rain and meditation gardens, the butterfly/bee colony and raised garden beds alongside panoramic views of Lake Michigan.
ST. JOSEPH CHAPEL OF SCHOOL SISTERS OF ST. FRANCIS 154 (GM 3-B) 1501 S. Layton Boulevard Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Last admittance 3:45 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN School Sisters of St. Francis provide guided tours of their century-old chapel, where music and art are integral to spiritual life. Milwaukee architects Peter Brust and Richard Philipp created a perfectly italian Romanesque Revival marvel. Enjoy 100+ stained glass windows, unique carvings, mosaics, and paintings in a soaring worship space. Step inside this 1917 gem, rich with soaring marble columns, colorful stained glass, exquisite wood carvings and colored mosaics. One of Milwaukee's most beautiful sacred spaces. Learn about the chapel's outstanding acoustics as experienced guides share the chapel's story.
ST. LUCAS EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH 155 (GM 3-C) 2605 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Last admittance 3:45 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m. the present St. Lucas church building was erected in 1888. Step inside this Bay View landmark for a moment of peace. See the sun streaming through the beautiful stained glass windows onto the rich wood of the church pews. Listen as the Sipe pipe organ plays spiritual hymns of the past and the present. take a walk through the newly remodeled lower level gathering space.
ST. MARY AND ST. ANTHONY COPTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH 156 (GM 4-B) 1521 W. Drexel Avenue / Oak Creek Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN St. Mary and St. antonious was constructed in 2006 and was built in the ancient coptic style based on churches over 1000 years old in Egypt, and is the first coptic church built in Wisconsin. Fifty feet above the marble floors tower three domes to remind visitors of heaven. the hand-made wooden art and hand painted icons were imported from Egypt and have deep symbolism behind them. the iconostasis, or icon-holder, was constructed in pieces in Egypt out of wood and rebuilt in the church. Visitors will enjoy exploring the inside and outside of the church as well as a guided tour. the tour will give visitors information about historical and present day coptic christianity as well as an explanation of many of the unique features and artwork inside. those who visit during Doors Open will get a chance to see the altar and some altar vessels used during services that are usually closed off from public view. Divine Liturgy (without tour) will be held from 10:00-11:30 for those interested in attending.
ST. PAUL'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH 51 (2-G) 914 E. Knapp Street Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday 12 noon-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m. St. Paul’s building, which is Richardson Romanesque ecclesiastical architecture in design, was dedicated in 1884. With one the largest tiffany window collections in Wisconsin (including largest window created by tiffany), a Flemish tapestry from the 16th century, the Schantz organ, and nationally recognized Salviati Mosaics, it is sure to wow both new and returning visitors. Special tours and organ demonstration will be given at various times. On Sunday at 1:30 p.m. the Milwaukee children’s choir, under the direction of Mr. Marco Melendez, will offer a free mini-concert in the nave to the public. People are encouraged to come early for good seating. the children’s choir is artists in Residence at St. Paul’s.
ST. STANISLAUS ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH 157 (GM 3-B) 524 W. Historic Mitchell Street Saturday NOT OPEN Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. St. Stanislaus was built in 1872 by Polish immigrants who settled in Milwaukee, and is the oldest congregation in North america. although composed of many different types of architecture including Roman, gothic, Eastern, Baroque and art Deco, the church is built of Milwaukee’s unique cream city brick. St. Stanislaus has gone through many changes throughout the years, and is currently in a renovation program to restore the church to its original 1872 appearance. the twin spires with "golden Domes" make the church a noticeable Historical Landmark of Milwaukee. come visit the "mother church" of the south side of Milwaukee, and experience the beauty of this 19th-century church. SCHLITZ AUDUBON NATURE CENTER 125 (GM 1-B) PASSPORT SITE (Dorothy K. Vallier Environmental Learning Center) 1111 E. Brown Deer Road, Bayside Saturday NOT OPEN Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. the Dorothy k. Vallier Environmental Learning center is the portal to our 185acre natural outdoor habitat. the environment is the focus at Schlitz audubon Nature center, both inside and out. Our Environmental Learning center, built in 2003 is gold LEED certificated. On Sunday, September 21, take a 15-minute guided tour of the building at 10 or 11am, or explore on your own anytime of the day. Other drop-in activities on Sunday include meeting some of our Birds of Prey or reptiles in the great Hall, feeding our snapping turtle Emerson, or hiking our trails. Watch our raptors take flight in 25 minute programs at Noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. twenty-five minute trail hikes with a naturalist guide start at 12:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm.
SHERMAN PARK COMMONS SENIOR LIVING CENTER (at the former Jackie Robinson Middle School) 126 (GM 2-B) 3245 N 37th Street Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN Sherman Park commons Senior Living community is the adaptive reuse of the former Jackie Robinson Middle School, originally built as Peckham Junior High School in 1926. the renovation of the Jackie Robinson Middle School was seen as an opportunity to create an intergenerational mix of senior and family workforce housing to help stabilize a vital area that has been suffering from disinvestment, unemployment and foreclosures. the school is an architectural jewel located in the center of Sherman Park, an important historic urban neighborhood in the heart of Milwaukee.
SHERMAN PERK COFFEE SHOP 127 (GM 2-B) 4924 W. Roosevelt Drive Saturday and Sunday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Built in 1939, the building operated as a gas station for two generations by the copeland family. Now this streamlined, moderne-style filling station has been converted to a locally-owned and operated neighborhood coffee shop listed on the city, State and National Historic Registry. New to Doors Open this year, come and check out this wonderful example of an environmentally-friendly reuse of a building and parcel that is a popular community gathering spot within the Sherman Park neighborhood.
SHERMAN THEATRE 128 (GM 2-B) 4632 W. Burleigh Street Saturday NOT OPEN Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Much of the Sherman theatre building has been empty since the late 1980s — but hopefully not for too much longer! Built in 1935 by noted Milwaukee architect Herbert W. tullgren, the theater is an excellent example of Depression-era movie theater construction. Despite decades of neglect, the theater is still in great shape, and a neighborhood community development organization is currently working to revitalize it. come learn about the history of this Milwaukee landmark and the push to revitalize it! Note: the Sherman theatre is structurally sound, but portions of the theater building are in disrepair. Young children must be supervised.
SISTERS OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI 152 (GM 4-C) 3221 S. Lake Drive, St. Francis Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. unday 12 noon-4 p.m. Last admittance 3:30 p.m. tour the original convent (1861) and its 1888 and 1915 additions, including a mural of the congregation’s history, the Heritage Room (current display is sisters’ missionary work in china from 1929-1948), parlors, sisters’ cells and convent dormitory (some areas only accessible by stairs.) Spend time in the 1894 gothic-style chapel. Weather permitting, stroll the grounds which include the landmark, century-old, concrete grape arbor; a retreat cottage; gardens; and recent environmental projects. convent tours will be self-guided though we will have a number of sisters and volunteers available to provide historical information about the rooms and exhibits that you will have the opportunity to experience.
SOUTH SHORE PAVILION 153 (GM 3-C) 2900 South Shore Drive Saturday NOT OPEN Sunday 12 noon-3 p.m. South Shore Pavilion, located in the middle of South Shore Park, is located on the shore of Lake Michigan and offers a great view of the marina and lake. Built in 1936, this 12,983 square foot pavilion has an interior of stately wood beams. the exterior consists of Spanish-style brick, a tile roof, arched windows and two stories overlooking Lake Michigan. Originally built as a bath house in the 1930s, the pavilion is now a popular rental hall, as well as a concessions stand and restroom facility for people using South Shore Beach. THE STANDARD AT EAST LIBRARY 52 (GM 2-C) 2340 N. Cramer Street Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Last admittance 2:30 p.m. the Standard @ East Library adds to the active life of an eclectic east side neighborhood in Milwaukee. this mixed-use redevelopment project features a state-of-the-art library and community space, an exciting ground floor retail venue and 99 market-rate apartments. Visitors will experience an insider view of a luxury apartment development on top of the new East Side Library with outstanding amenities, including: a rooftop terrace overlooking North avenue and downtown; a sizable club room; and an apartment home (pending availability). this will be a unique opportunity to get a tour of the newest addition of luxury housing in an unrivaled location on Milwaukee's East Side.
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STATE STREET BASCULE BRIDGE 23 (3-E) PASSPORT SITE 100 E. State Street Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m. State Street Bascule Bridge is significant as the oldest surviving bascule bridge in Milwaukee. the engineering of the bascule span for the State Street Bridge was modeled after the prototype developed by the Milwaukee Bridge company for the Muskego avenue/Emmber Lane Bridge in 1904. this prototype was considered technologically significant as one of the first simple trunnion bascules built in the united States and is commonly referred to as the “Milwaukee type Bascule.” this local design has been widely replicated. See how a bridge works from the bridge operator's perspective. there will be 2 -3 openings per hour during the event.
SUMMERFIELD UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 53 (2-G) 728 E. Juneau Avenue Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday 12:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Styled in german gothic Revival, this church was built in 1904. the gothic church, with its 73-foot-tall bell tower, was constructed using sandstone and limestone. in 1919, goodwill industries of Wisconsin was founded in the basement of this location. Several stained glass windows are outstanding features, including a domed skylight. Docents will be available to answer questions about the sanctuary and building history. Visitors to Summerfield will experience the hospitality of a dynamic congregation that has been a part of Milwaukee and the lower east side since 1852.
PASSPORT SITE SURVIVE ALIVE HOUSE 158 (GM 3-B) 2059 S. 20th Street Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN this building was originally a Milwaukee Public Schools Recreation Fieldhouse, which after an addition was added in 1993, became the Milwaukee Survive alive House. Students will learn about the importance of working smoke detectors in every home, including how to check a smoke detector, the dangers of fire, safety measures families can take, how to contact 9-1-1, and through a hands-on experience, how to escape a home fire by staying low and feeling and checking doors for fire. THURSTON WOODS 129 (GM 1-B) 6100 N. 42nd Street Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Last admittance 1:30 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN thurston Woods encompasses many interesting attractions including the oldest surviving hand-hewn log cabin in Milwaukee. also, this area contains the former home of Mayor Henry Maier and is the birthplace of nationally renowned Lang Brothers Woodworking (1932). the tour will begin at the agape community center; started by the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother as a source of support for the community since 1986.
TRINITY EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH (U.A.C.) 85 (3-D) 1046 N. 9th Street Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN trinity Evangelical Lutheran church is an 1878 Victorian gothic, cream city brick building designed by Fredrick Velguth. Most notable are the chalice-shaped pulpit, topped with a shell-like canopy and matching spires of the altar and organ case. Visitors will receive a brochure about trinity's architecture and congregational history. they may view the narthex and sanctuary on their own, or take a brief, guided tour at designated times (10:30 a.m./11:30 a.m./12:30 p.m./1:30 p.m./2:30 p.m./3:30 p.m.). the historic Schuelke organ can be heard between 11a.m. - 3 p.m.
TRIPOLI SHRINE CENTER 100 (4-A) 3000 W. Wisconsin Avenue Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30pm the tripoli Shrine center was constructed in 1925 and completed in 1928; it remains today as beautiful as it was when it first made its mark on Milwaukee’s skyline. this architectural masterpiece was patterned after the famed taj Mahal in india. tour guides will explain all of the symbolism connected to the building and the Shriners fraternity. in addition to tours of our building, there will be a variety of different foods available in our Melham Parlor café, which is open for lunch and dinner on both Saturday and Sunday. there will also be a full bar. Be sure to bring the kids along for fun, entertainment, and music, provided by the tripoli Shriner’s clowns and band!
PASSPORT SITE US BANK CENTER 24 (4-G) 777 East Wisconsin Avenue Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:15 p.m. get whisked to the top of the state’s tallest building (601 feet), and enjoy the 360-degree views of our city and beyond from the 41st floor. Opened in 1973, this great steel-framed and clean-lined skyscraper, with its white painted aluminum and bronze glass, has become an iconic building on Milwaukee’s skyline. the deck is normally closed to the public.
URBAN ECOLOGY CENTER / MENOMONEE VALLEY 159 (GM 3-B) PASSPORT SITE 3700 W. Pierce Street Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN come check out the urban Ecology center’s newest branch as it celebrates it’s two-year anniversary. Designed by uihlein-Wilson architects, it has many unique features, including geothermal heating, solar hot water, radiant floor heat, and many reclaimed and sustainable building materials. take yourself on a tour of this unique building. use the urban Ecology center’s Visitor’s guide (available in English and Spanish) and explore the flexible and fun learning spaces in the building, and even see if you can find the slide! if you have some extra time, you can head out the back door and take a walk in one of Milwaukee's newest green spaces: three Bridges Park, that opened in July of 2013.
VILLA TERRACE DECORATIVE ARTS MUSEUM 54 (GM 2-C) 2220 N. Terrace Avenue Saturday NOT OPEN Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m. Overlooking Lake Michigan, this italian Renaissance-style villa was designed by architect David adler in 1923. Originally the residence of Lloyd Smith of the a.O. Smith corporation and his family, the museum features fine and decorative arts dating from the 15th through the 18th centuries, wrought-iron masterpieces by cyril colnik, and a formal garden and changing exhibitions by local, regional and international artists.
VILLARD SQUARE BRANCH LIBRARY 130 (GM 1-B) 5190 N. 35th Street Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN the Villard Square Branch Library opened on October 15, 2011. it is the only Milwaukee Public Library currently operating in a multi-use building; a successful model which will be repeated throughout the city library system. above the library, there are three floors of apartments (47 units.) While visiting the Villard Square Branch Library, note the unique art collection created by Milwaukee artists Nicolas Lampert and Paul kjelland. images found throughout the library reflect the pulse of the community in which the library exists. Make sure to take a few minutes to get off your feet and sit next to the two-sided fireplace.
WATTS BUILDING 25 (3-F) 761 N. Jefferson Street Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN george Watts & Son, inc. and the Watts tea Shop have been family-owned and operated for over 144 years, the beautiful terra-cotta 2-story building is currently celebrating its 88th birthday. the restaurant recently won the James Beard award in 2011 as an “american classic” embodying the culture and community it shares with the people of Milwaukee. the building will be showcasing the businesses of all four occupants — george Watts & Son, inc., the Watts tea Shop, Zita Bridal Salon and Delind gallery of Fine art — through self-guided tours.
WE ENERGIES PUBLIC SERVICE BUILDING 86 (4-E) 231 W. Michigan Street Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Last admittance 3:45pm construction of the Public Service Building began in 1902, and electric interurban trains rolled through it three years later. Learn how electricity and the interurban railroad came to Milwaukee and changed the city forever. See how this building played a part with trains, busses, appliances, electricity, natural gas and steam heat. Visitors will tour the ornate lobby, and corporate conference center. New for 2014 is the grand, art deco auditorium located on the second level. Sit and relax in the auditorium while you enjoy a presentation featuring the building and company history. informational handouts and the 2013 cookie Book will be available for visitors.
WELD GUY 131 (GM 1-B) 5253 N. 31st Street Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Originally built in 1944 by Paul Ottmann for his machining business, which still remains today in the lower half, the upper half of the building houses the sculpture shops of kendall Polster and Rory Burke. kendall Polster — Weld guy designs and fabricates steel sculpture and furniture, and is the Milwaukee artist who created “Weldon,” our Doors Open Milwaukee 2014 Family Passport mascot. kendall Polster sells sculpture made from scrap steel at galleries throughout the world for over 20 years. Rory Burke works out of the shop as well, and specializes in cast heads and sculptures of all sizes. come see the shop of two working artists. WELLS BUILDING 26 (3-F) 324 E Wisconsin Avenue Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Daniel Wells, who was reported to be the wealthiest man in Wisconsin at the time, completed the Wells Building in 1901. One of Milwaukee’s first steel frame high-rise structures, and created by architect was Henry c. koch, the Wells Building was the world’s largest terra cotta building at the time of its construction. Visitors will be able to view the newly renovated 7th floor, the ongoing lobby renovation project, historic photo slide show on our lobby displays, and a chance to see a few of the old artifacts that have been discovered during our renovation project.
WM. K. WALTHERS, INC. 133 (GM 1-B) PASSPORT SITE 5601 W. Florist Avenue Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN Wm. k. Walthers, inc. is the leading supplier of model railroad products in the world. Founded in Milwaukee in 1932 by William (Bill) Walthers, and now in its third generation of family ownership, the company supplies 3,000 hobby shops at home and abroad with over 100,000 products from over 300 different suppliers. the Wm. k. Walthers, inc. showroom offers a glimpse into Walthers' rich history as a model railroad manufacturer and distributor. Historical displays and an expansive Milwaukee Road layout are available for viewing. take a guided tour around the building to view operations, including the impressive distribution center which houses thousands of products from over 300 manufacturers. activities and prizes just for Doors Open Milwaukee participants will also be available.
WISCONSIN BLACK HISTORICAL SOCIETY 132 (GM 2-B) PASSPORT SITE 2620 W. Center Street Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday NOT OPEN the Wisconsin Black Historical Museum started in the 1880's as a fire station on what was then the city's far northwest side. in 1928 the city converted it into the center Street Branch Library. after a new library building was built across the street in 1988, the Wisconsin Black Historical Society created its museum at the site. Exhibits depict migration of african americans to Wisconsin, their struggles and successes culminating in the civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and beyond. See a replica of a 1940s barbershop. Self guided tours from 10am to 1pm. guided tours between 1pm and 3pm.
WISCONSIN CLUB BELVEDERE 87 (4-D) 900 W. Wisconsin Avenue Saturday NOT OPEN Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. On the southeast corner of the Wisconsin club grounds stands what is likely the most unique garden structure in the city, if not the state. the large one and a half story wooden structure, popularly called the gazebo, is properly known as a Belvedere. alexander Mitchell had built it for the purpose of viewing his extensive gardens and greenhouses from a rich and idyllic setting. the foundations were constructed of the same stone used in the building of the stone and wrought-iron fence that Mitchell had built about the same time. WOMAN’S CLUB OF WISCONSIN 55 (3-G) 813 E. Kilbourn Avenue Saturday NOT OPEN Sunday 12 noon-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30pm the Woman’s club of Wisconsin, the oldest private club in the city (1876). Housed in an elegant italian Renaissance clubhouse designed by well-known Milwaukee architectural firm of Ferry and clas, this oldest woman’s clubhouse in america is a two-story original building was a two-story structure forty-five by eighty-five feet, with a basement dedicated to practical purposes. On a short tour, see the handsome interior and tasteful furnishings of this 1887 building. tinted walls, rugs, draperies, pictures and furniture reminiscent of the past are artistic and note the delicate harmony of tone and coloring. Visitors will be offered a rare, inside experience.
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BRADY STREET 1 (1-G) — Join Sean Regan on a speedy walk through 150 years of Brady Street-area history. Ticket: Required Times: Sat and Sun 4 p.m. Duration: 60 minutes Capacity: 30 Meet: In front of St. Hedwigs, corner of Humboldt and Brady
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BRADY STREET WALKING FOOD TOUR 2 (1-H) — Discover the sights and flavors of Milwaukee with a 1-mile, 2-hour Milwaukee Food & city tour. Stroll through the historic Milwaukee neighborhood of Brady Street and enjoy delicious tastings along the way at authentic italian eateries, as well as at several newer establishments that revitalize this community. Ticket: Required Times: Sat. 1 p.m. Duration: 2 hours. Capacity: 16. Meet: Please meet in front of Zaffiro's Pizza at 1724 N. Farwell Ave. (Tour recommendation is to use the public parking lot that provides parking for up to 10 hours at the corner of Arlington Place & Brady Street. Please be sure to use the 10-hour parking meters, which are located in the NE corner of the lot.) THE BREWERY: THE EVOLUTION OF AN ICON 3 (2-D) — During this tour led by Dennis Stapleton, participants will learn what the Zilber Development team used in transforming the abandoned Pabst Beer complex into a neighborhood built around the themes of historic preservation and sustainability. Ticket: Required. Times: Sat. at 10 a.m. and Sun. at 11 a.m. Duration: 1 hour. Capacity: 35. Meet: Zilber Park, 1217 N. 10th St. BRYANT’S COCKTAIL LOUNGE 4 (GM 3-B) — a quick behind the scenes tour of america's first bonafide cocktail lounge, Bryant's. Learn how Bryant's evolved from a working class shot and beer bar to a classic cocktail spot to a touchstone of living history in what is now called the craft cocktail scene. Wisconsin Foodie host kyle cherek narrates to the tour. Ticket: Required. Times: Sat 3 p.m. Duration: 30 minutes. Capacity: 25. Meet: 1579 S. 9th St. THE CATHEDRAL OF ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST: THE TRANSFORMATION OF AN URBAN CATHEDRAL PRECINCT 5 (3-G) — architect Jim Shields, Faia, worked on this building’s reconstruction and atrium addition. He will lead a tour covering both interior and exterior, demolition, renovation, and the new addition that made the project work. Tickets: Required. Times: Sun. 2 p.m. Duration: 90 minutes. Capacity: 24. Meet: Cathedral, 812 N. Jackson St. COLECTIVO ROASTING FACILITY 6 (GM 2-C) — Join colectivo on a behind-the-scenes tour of our Riverwest headquarters. Learn the basics behind sourcing green coffee and our vintage Probat roasters, then take a peek at colectivo’s service department, barista training classroom, cupping room and packing floor. Hear about some of the facility's more notable features, like repurposed windows, custom handmade details and green building techniques. complete the experience with a guided coffee tasting! Ticket: Required. Times: Sat. 9 a.m. Duration: 90 minutes. Capacity: 16. Meet: Colectivo on 2999 N. Humboldt Blvd. DISCOVERY WORLD AQUARIUM TOUR 7 (4-H) — Enjoy a special behind-the-scenes tour of Discovery World’s Reiman aquarium. get up close and personal with the amazing aquatic life in the Reiman aquarium. See scuba diving equipment, unique coral propagation tank, the kitchen where meals for fish are prepared, and some amazing creatures not usually on display to the public. Ticket: Required. Times: Sun. 4 p.m. Duration: 30 minutes. Capacity: 15. Meet: Discovery World Information Desk, 500 N. Harbor Dr. GERMAN MILWAUKEE TOUR 8 (2-F) — this tour showcases buildings that represent german-american business, education, faith, politics, entertainment, and publishing. Stops along the way will include Blatz Brewery, the german-English academy, Old St. Mary’s church, city Hall, the Pabst theater, and the germania Building. Ticket: Required. Times: Sat. 11 a.m. Duration: 60 minutes. Capacity each tour: 20. Meet: Begin in front of Blatz Brewery Building at corner of Broadway and Highland, end at Germanian Building at Wells and 2nd St. GHOSTS OF MILWAUKEE 9 (5-F) — celebrate Milwaukee folklore with local Fortean historian allison Jornlin. Walk through the unique history and modern day paranormal reports of the third Ward. Ticket: Required Time: Sat. 5:30 p.m. Duration: 45 minutes. Capacity: 30. Meet: In front of Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway.
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HARLEY-DAVIDSON MUSEUM HISTORY TOUR 10 (5-E) — Learn how over 100 years of Harley-Davidson’s rich history fits into the bigger picture of World History and culture. Follow this legendary american success story with its humble beginnings in a 10’x15’ shed and its transformation into the iconic company it is today. Mention “Doors Open” in the Shop and at MOtOR® Bar & Restaurant to receive 10% off your purchase. Ticket: Required. Times: Sat. 10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. and Sun. 10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. Duration: 45 minutes. Capacity: 12 per tour. Meet: Lobby of Harley-Davidson Museum, 400 W. Canal St. HENTZEN COATINGS PRODUCTION TOUR 11 (GM 1-A) — tour the headquarters, research laboratories and production facilities of Hentzen coatings. See behind the scenes how this company, founded in Milwaukee in 1923, has specialized in the development, engineering and manufacturing of high performance liquid and powder coatings. Widely known for products designed to meet stringent appearance and functionality requirements of military and aerospace specifications, Hentzen has long been recognized as the coatings industry leader in providing industrial coating products that must perform under the most extreme conditions. Ticket: Required. Time: Sat.11 a.m. Duration: 2 hours. Capacity: 20. Meet: Hentzen Coatings, 6937 W. Mill Rd. HISTORIC YANKEE HILL 12 (2-G) — Milwaukee entrepreneurs of the 1800s built mansions and churches on the high ground overlooking Lake Michigan east of downtown. Because many of these wealthy men originated in New York and New England, they were called "Yankees." Hence, this section of Milwaukee became known as Yankee Hill. On this tour, you will look at the best of the remaining great Yankee Hill mansions and churches, and hear fascinating stories about the men and architects who built them. tour leader is Rod Botts, who has been leading tours of Yankee Hill for 12 years. Ticket: Required. Times: Sat. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Duration: 60 minutes. Capacity each tour: 15. Meet: In lobby of the Astor Hotel, 924 E. Juneau Ave.
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LISTENING TO MITCHELL ON HISTORIC MITCHELL STREET 15 (GM 3-B) — Join artists Sonja thomsen and adam carr on a guided walking tour through Listening to Mitchell, their public art installation, from the Modjeska theater to St. Stan’s. thomsen and carr spent 18 months in conversation with Historic Mitchell Street, translating over fifty interviews into an installation of image and sound amongst the seven-block corridor. On the tour, experience the installation, hear stories from the project, explore the street’s many interesting international businesses, and share Mitchell Street experiences. Ticket: Required. Time: Sun 4 p.m. Duration: 1 hour. Capacity: 20. Meet: The Modjeska Theater, 1134 W. Historic Mitchell St.
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LIVING IN A HOTEL: ELOISE AT THE PLAZA 16 (2-G) — take a tour of the knickerbocker on the Lake with actor/storyteller John Mcgivern, who will give you an inside look into three of the full-time residents’ condos/homes. Learn about the history of this former hotel, and steps taken to rejuvenate it. Ticket: Required. Times: Sat & Sun 11 a.m. Duration: 45 minutes. Capacity: 15. Meet: In restored lobby of the Knickerbocker, 1028 E. Juneau Ave. MAKER OF MILWAUKEE 17 (2-G) – Join MiaD Professor of art History Dr. chris Szczesny-adams as she tours buildings of Edward townsend Mix, Milwaukee’s premier 19th-century architect. On this tour, examine Mix’s prominent role in transforming a frontier town into a cosmopolitan city through architecture. Ticket: Required. Times: Sat. 10 a.m. Duration: 90 minutes. Capacity each tour: 18. Meet: Corner of Juneau and Marshall and end at Broadway and Michigan Ave. Note: Participants should be able to stand and walk for 90 minutes.
ILLUMINATED MILWAUKEE: EXPLORING DOWNTOWN’S EXTERIOR LIGHTING 13 (3-F) — Join the illuminating Engineering Society on a walk exploring some of downtown’s beautifully illuminated buildings. Discover exterior lighting techniques used on various buildings in Downtown Milwaukee. Ticket: Required. Time: Sat. 7:30 p.m. Duration: 1 hour. Capacity: 25. Meet : Northwest corner of Kilbourn Ave. and Water St.
MENOMONEE VALLEY WALKING TOUR: FROM MACHINE TO MODEL 18 (GM 3-B) — When Milwaukee was the Machine Shop of the World, the Menomonee Valley was its engine. Yet by the 1990s the Valley’s legacy was lost amid hundreds of acres of vacant buildings, a forgotten river, and the north/south divide it symbolized in our community. today, the Menomonee is experiencing a transformation and has become a national model of sustainable redevelopment. take a walk through the history and learn about the economic redevelopment and environmental restoration underway. Ticket: Required. Times: Sat. 10 a.m. Duration: 90 minutes. Capacity each tour: 25. Meet: In front of Charter Wire, 3700 W. Milwaukee Rd. (just west of Canal St.) Park on Milwaukee Rd.
IRON BLOCK 14 (4-F) — Participants will get an in-depth view of the iron Block Building and its restoration, both exterior and interior. Built in 1860, the italian Renaissance Revival structure is the last building in Wisconsin with an all cast iron façade. its facades are well known, but there are wonderful interior spaces that the public rarely sees. Dental associates has taken great care to restore the detail and feel of this pre-civil War gem. Ticket: Required. Times: Sat. 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12 p.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m. and Sun. 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12 p.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m. Duration: 75 minutes Capacity: 12. Meet: 205 E Wisconsin Ave.
MILWAUKEE CLUB PRIVATE TOUR 19 (3-F) — the Milwaukee club opened the era of social “clubdom” in Milwaukee in 1882, and the presence of the original clubhouse has been maintained with the same reverence of tradition and high standards for more than 125 years. this exclusive Milwaukee club private tour will be led by the general Manager, and will include both the interior and the exterior areas of clubhouse, which was designed by Daniel H. Burnham. Learn about a Milwaukee gem of a building and the history of its members. Ticket: Required. Times: Sat. 11 a.m. Duration: 60 minutes. Capacity: 12. Meet: Main lobby, 706 N. Jefferson St.
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iN-DEPtH tOuRS MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL PRODUCTION FACILITY 20 (GM 3-B) — tour the production facility of Wisconsin’s largest newspaper where seven-story presses print, cut and fold the Journal Sentinel every day of the year at a rate of 85,000 copies an hour. the tour includes an historical display, video overview of press operations and a visit to the plate making, press and packaging areas. Ticket: Required. Times: Sat. 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Duration: 45 minutes. Capacity each tour: 25. Meet: 4101 W. Burnham St.
MILWAUKEE PHOTO WALKS 21 (5-F) — Walk through downtown Milwaukee while hearing historic commentary and learning photographic tips for taking creative pictures with a 1.5 mile, 2hour Milwaukee Photo Walk. From Wisconsin avenue, which offers a stunning then-and-now view of downtown Milwaukee to the Milwaukee lakefront, highlighting the dramatic Milwaukee art Museum architecture and scenic gardens, you'll enjoy this tour! Ticket: Required. Times: Sat. 10 a.m. and Sun. 10 a.m. Duration: 2 hours. Capacity each tour: 16. Meet: 172 North Broadway, next to the Broadway Theatre. MISSING MILWAUKEE TOUR 22 (4-F) — this walk, hosted by Yance Marti, author of Missing Milwaukee: The Lost Buildings of Milwaukee, will highlight several of the building sites featured in his book. Learn of those buildings’ histories and neighborhoods, as well as the changes that have resulted from the loss of the buildings. Ticket: Required. Time: Sun. 3:30 p.m. Duration: 1 hour. Capacity: 30. Meet: Corner of Water St. and Michigan St. MYSTERIES OF CALVARY CEMETERY CHAPEL 23 (GM 3-B) — Designed by Erhard Brielmaier, the cream city Brick, Romanesque chapel was built in 1899 on one of Milwaukee’s highest elevations, and was intended for services, prayer, private contemplation, and also as a mausoleum for clergy. Reposing directly beneath the main altar is the body of Rev. idziego tarasiewicza, interred in 1903. a mystery remains. Why was Rev. tarasiewicza the only clergy buried there? Ticket: Required. Time: Sat. and Sun. 12:30 p.m. Duration: 30 minutes. Capacity:15. Meet: 5503 W. Blue Mound Rd. NORTH POINT SOUTH 24 (GM 2-C) — Explore the portion of the historic North Point District that is south of the Water tower. Historic Milwaukee guide, george gurria, will highlight the people and the patterns that led to this unique neighborhood. Ticket: Required. Time: Sun. 1 p.m. Duration: 70 minutes. Capacity: 30. Meet: Please meet at the fountain near the southeast corner of North Ave. and Lake Dr. ORIENTAL THEATRE 25 (GM 2-C) — the Oriental theatre is one of Milwaukee’s most impressive operating movie palaces, an architectural and decorative gem that has provided entertainment to Milwaukee moviegoers for 87 years. Dubbed “the crown jewel” of the Saxe Brothers’ chain of 45 theatres, the Oriental opened July 2, 1927. One of the few movie palaces to feature an Eastern indian motif, the Oriental theatre’s decorative elements are all original to the theatre, and virtually everything is as it appeared in 1927. Ticket: Required. Time: Sat. 10 a.m. Duration: Approx. 45 minutes Capacity: 50. Meet: 2230 N. Farwell Ave. PABST MANSION 26 (4-B) — When captain Frederick Pabst, Milwaukee’s famed beer baron, began construction of a new mansion for his family in 1890, he could not have anticipated that it would survive and thrive into the twenty-first century as a testament to america’s gilded age. after the Pabst descendants sold the house in 1908, it became the archbishop’s residence and the center of the Roman catholic archdiocese of Milwaukee for more than sixty years. Sold in 1975, the mansion was spared demolition and went on to become an award-winning house museum. the Pabst Mansion will be hosting four guided tours exclusively for Doors Open Milwaukee visitors. Ticket: Required. Time: Sat. 10:30 a.m and 1:30 p.m. and Sun 11:30 a.m and 1:30 p.m. Duration: 1 hour. Capacity: 20. Meet: Pabst Mansion, 2000 West Wisconsin Ave.
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SatuRDaY & SuNDaY SEPtEMBER 20 & 21 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
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REVOLUTION IN MILWAUKEE 27 (3-E) — Join uWM history prof aims Mcguinness in Historic turner Hall for an exploration of Milwaukee’s rich history of radical politics from 1848 to 1960. With a focus on the history of socialism in the city, read turner Hall’s architecture, paintings, and stained glass windows for evidence of Milwaukee’s changing place in the history of revolution. topics include the american Revolution, the French Revolution, the civil War, the struggle for an 8-Hour day, the Socialist Party, and the administrations of Milwaukee’s three socialist mayors. Ticket: Required. Time: Sat. 11 a.m. Duration: 1.5 hours. Capacity: 25. Meet: Entrance of Turner Hall, 1034 N. 4th St.
WISCONSIN ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME TOUR 34 (3-E)— Beginning at the birthplace of Major League Baseball's american League, the tour will move to the historic plaques of the Wisconsin athletic Hall of Fame along Fourth Street between kilbourn and State. Explore the lives and careers of many amazing athletes with roots in the Badger State, who were born here or whose sports excellence occurred with a Wisconsin team. these men and women are among the legendary figures in baseball, football, basketball and other sports. Ticket: Required. Time: Sat 10 a.m. Duration: 45 minutes. Capacity: 30. Meet: On the northwest corner of Third St. and Kilbourn Ave.
SANFORD: FROM CORNER GROCERY TO ONE OF THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN AMERICA 28 (1-F) — Join kyle cherek, Host of Wisconsin Foodie/PBS on a tour through Sanford, and illuminate the history of the building, the neighborhood, and the place that Sanford holds in the history of american cuisine upon it's founding as an eponymous restaurant in 1989. Ticket: Required. Time: Sat. 1 p.m. Duration: 30-40 minutes. Capacity: 12. Meet: Entrance of Sanford, 1547 N Jackson St.
WISCONSIN CLUB PRIVATE TOUR 35 (4-D) — While the Wisconsin club (formerly the Deutscher club) has been in existence since 1891, the Mansion where the club presently resides began in 1848. Starting with one modest brick house owned by alexander Mitchell, the house and area surrounding it has been remodeled and expanded over time into what is now the beautiful Wisconsin club. From the elaborately hand-carved mahogany woodwork to the 24 engraved lion heads on the grand Staircase, from the Oriental Room with over 1,600 handcarved pansies on the ceiling to the leather-covered walls of the Moorish Room, this exclusive interior tour of this private club is not to be missed. Ticket: Required. Time: Sun. 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Duration: 45 minutes. Capacity: 15. Meet: 900 W. Wisconsin Ave.
SIX POINTS WALKING TOUR 29 (GM 2-C)— Discover the vibrant history of East North avenue. From North Point Water tower and swimming schools on the Milwaukee River to a Mafia don’s headquarters and an auto assembly plant welcomed by wealthy neighbors, you’ll be surprised at Six Points’ 125 years of diversity. Ticket: Required. Times: Sat. 1 p.m. and Sun 1 p.m. Duration: 90 minutes. Capacity: 35. Meet: At the west end of Beans & Barley parking lot, 1901 E. North Ave. SOUTH RIVERWALK TOUR 30 (4-F) — Join expert guide Frank Matusinec as he tours the Riverwalk from Water & Wisconsin to the swing bridge at 500 E. Erie Street. Learn about the river from its natural state, commercial use and abuse, its comeback as a recreational artery through the heart of the city, and about the neighborhoods it wanders through while strolling beside it. Ticket: Required. Time: Sat 1 p.m. and Sun 1 p.m. Duration: 60 minutes. Capacity: 25. Meet: Chase Tower, 111 East Wisconsin Ave.
Author and Milwaukee Historian John Gurda, who will be giving two free feature presentations during Doors Open
Milwaukee (see Free Presentations listing) is playing croquet
on the lawn of the Beulah Brinton House (see building listings.)
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SPUNK AND GRIT: MILWAUKEE’S THIRD WARD 31 (4-F) — Milwaukee’s early 19th-century third Ward was a swamp until it held houses and stores of struggling irish and italian immigrants. in the 21st century, it’s a model of american-style recovery. How did the Ward change from slums, saloons and fire hazards to new businesses, theaters and condos? come and learn the process. Ticket: Required. Time: Sat 1 p.m. and Sun 1 p.m. Duration: 90 minutes. Capacity: 15. Meet: In front of the Public Market, NE corner of Water & St. Paul. TORY HILL AND THE BLOODY THIRD WARD 32 (4E) — Join carl Baehr, author of Milwaukee Streets: the Stories Behind their Names, as he explores the geography and irish history of tory Hill and the third Ward from the founding of Milwaukee to 1900, including events such as the the Leahey Riot, Lady Elgin Disaster, Newhall House Fire, the third Ward Fire of 1892 and the Lynching of Marshall clark. Ticket: Required. Time: Sat 10:30 a.m. Duration: 90 minutes. Capacity: 25. Meet: 5th and St. Paul. TOWN OF LAKE TOUR / TIPPECANOE WALK 33 (GM 4-B) — Led by Ron Winkler, writer of this neighborhood’s book titled Milwaukee’s Town of Lake. Visit John Saveland’s real estate developments of Lincoln Park and Bunker Hill which feature a diverse housing stock on some of the largest lots in the city. Saveland’s home is next to Saveland Park, a remnant of his Lake tippecanoe amusement Park. Nearby, tippecanoe Presbyterian church is built on the foundation of John Saveland’s dance hall, which was built on the foundation of isaac austin’s barn. the old Lake town Hall was located on Howell and Howard (site of the tippecanoe Library). Ticket: Required. Time: Sun 10 a.m. Duration: 2 miles (walk) and about 2 hours. Capacity: 25. Meet: Town of Lake Water Tower and Municipal Building, 4001 South 6th St.
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