Sat. & Sun. Sept. 20 & 21      10am – 5pm

Make your own itinerary. Start when and where you like. No tickets necessary. Visits to any of the buildings and sites below are free of charge. Free guided tours are often available. Many buildings and sites will be open for the entire DOORS OPEN MILWAUKEE event. Others have restricted hours. Look for the DOORS OPEN MILWAUKEE banner near the building entrances on September 20th and 21st, 2014. Note: Like all sites, museums are free, unless otherwise described.
This list will be updated monthly until the event, so be sure to check back periodically for new additions.

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88Nine Radio Milwaukee

  • Address: 220 E. Pittsburgh Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

Originally built in 1952 as a manufacturing building for J.C. Busch Company, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee’s new home features a 2,500 Sf green roof, new studios equipped with the latest technology; sound-proof recording studios for broadcasting, recording and production; a 100-seat performance studio for live performances and events and 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. The tour will start in the Community Room and end on the Green Roof with unique views of the Hoan Bridge, Marcus Amphitheater, Walkers Point and Downtown Milwaukee. Learn More...

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All Saints’ Cathedral

  • Address: 818 E. Juneau Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

The Gothic Revival church building was designed by Edward Townsend Mix, a noted Milwaukee architect, and constructed in 1868 by Olivet Congregation Church. That congregation disbanded before taking occupancy. The church was purchased and consecrated by the Episcopal Diocese of Wisconsin in 1871. 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 10am. 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. Learn More...

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Alverno College / Sister Joel Read Center

  • Address: 3400 South 43rd Street
  • Hours: Saturday 1pm-5pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

An innovator in higher education, Alverno College was charted by the School Sisters of St. Francis in 1887. Originally designed and constructed in 1951-1953 by Maguolo & Quick Architects-Engineers, St. Louis, the college campus features Corrado Parducci exterior base relief sculptures, Italian marble and Venetian glass mosaics in the chapel. Since 1999 Uihlein-Wilson Architects have designed building additions and beautification projects. Highlights include the Lyle London 20 foot stainless steel sculpture, the 73,000 square foot domed Sister Joel Read Center and current campus enhancement project. Thirty minute guided tours will include the Chapel of Mary Immaculate; Pitman Theatre and 2014 campus enhancement renovations. Grounds are also open for self-guided tours of Parducci base relief sculptures and Lyle London’s Soaring. Learn More...

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Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co. (Walker’s Point Roastery)

  • Address: 224 W. Bruce Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 8am-5pm

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. The building retains it's original Walker's Point charm with refinished original wood floors, a mural in the employee break room and a mural on the 3rd Street exterior. New windows allow for ample natural light within the cafe space and original windows in the warehouse space allow for an open and visually pleasing work environment. 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. Learn More...

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Apartments at the Grand Wisconsin

  • Address: 720 N. Old World Third Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

Formerly the Hotel Wisconsin, this historic landmark opened up in 1913 as Milwaukee's first skyscraper — 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. Learn More...

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Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery

  • Address: 901 W. Juneau Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-3pm and Sun 10am-5pm

If you've toured Best Place during Doors Open in the past, you've toured a work in progress. This year, just in time for Doors Open, the work in progress will be complete! Tour the outcome of years of restoration and preservation that help 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. Learn More...

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Beulah Brinton House PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: (home of Bay View Historical Society) 2590 S. Superior Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-12noon family tour, 1pm-4pm general public and Sunday 1pm-4pm

The historic Beulah Brinton House was built in 1872 and retains much of its original Victorian Gothic detailing on the exterior and fixtures and furnishings on the interior. The Beulah Brinton House is significant in two important ways. First, it was the home of Milwaukee’s most influential female leader. Beulah Brinton championed workers rights causes that have become commonplace, and her influence was felt nationally. Secondly, it represents one of the finest examples of simple but impressive Victorian Gothic wood architecture. Its excellent condition for its age positions it as an important and truly authentic artifact of a delicate architectural style as well as the domicile of an important female activist. Visitors will have the opportunity of a guided tour 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 (10am-12noon) are geared toward children and their families. Saturday & Sunday afternoon tours will be for the general public. Learn More...

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Blue Dress Park

  • Address: SW corner of N. Holton St. and Reservoir St. (just north of the Holton St. bridge)
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm

Blue Dress Park is a triangular concrete slab notable and impressive for what we can imagine happening there. The park is located at the boundaries of Brewers Hill, Riverwest, and the northern end of downtown. The Friends of Blue Dress Park have organized the second annual Blue Dress Cup competition — a series of Olympic-style events designed to determine the Best Artist in Milwaukee. Competitors will be chosen through an open application process and pitted against one another in different competitions which each measure a specific artist skill. A panel of esteemed judges will be present to evaluate the competitors’ performance and choose the winner. Learn More...

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Brass Light Gallery

  • Address: 1101 W. St Paul Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 10am-5pm

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. Learn More...

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Brenner Brewing Company

  • Address: 706 S. 5th Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-10pm and Sunday 10am-5pm

Built in 1980, this cinder block parking garage is an excellent example of post modern, 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. Learn More...

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Brewhouse Inn & Suites

  • Address: 1215 N. 10th Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-1pm and Sunday 12-3:30pm

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. All suites include kitchen facilities with refrigerator, electric cooktop, microwave and dishwasher. Learn More...

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Bridging the Gap Learning Center PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 1600 W. State Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am - 5pm

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. BTG 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. Learn More...

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Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge

  • Address: 1579 S. 9th Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and 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. Learn More...

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Buck Bradley’s / A. Schoenleber Building

  • Address: 1015 North Old World Third Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-3pm and Sunday 10am-5pm

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 three-story configuration by 1882. Admire the first floor, 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, which will be specially priced at $6 for those visiting during Doors Open Milwaukee. Learn More...

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Calvary Cemetery Chapel

  • Address: 5503 W. Blue Mound Road
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

Designed by Erhard Brielmaier, the Cream City Brick, Romanesque 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, visitors may 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 to the visitor. Learn More...

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Calvary Presbyterian Church

  • Address: 935 W. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-4pm and 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. The original architectural elements, such as the beautiful, tall stained glass windows and great wooden ceiling arches remain as well. The area's only permanent indoor labyrinth will be available to roam at the Big Red Church. It was created in the style of the 12th Century labyrinth at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Chartres, France. Learn More...

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Cardinal Stritch University City Center

  • Address: 1037 W McKinley Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

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 which provide comprehensive literacy intervention and assessment for students in grades K-12 throughout the greater Milwaukee area. Learn More...

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Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist

  • Address: 812 N. Jackson Street
  • Hours: Sat NOT OPEN and Sun 12-5pm

The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, a Milwaukee landmark and part of the National Register of Historic Places, has been the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee for more than 160 years. With its cornerstone laid in 1847 by 1853, the building was consecrated to the service of the Roman Catholic church and named for St. John the Evangelist — patron of the first Milwaukee bishop, John Martin Henni. Docents will be present for guided tours of the 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. Learn More...

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Central Library

  • Address: 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue (accessible entry at 813 N. 8th St.)
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and 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 U-shaped building. The most recent added feature to the buildings exterior is a green roof with solar panels. 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 Chinese Room and the Children's Room. The Dome tour is not handicapped accessible, all others are. Learn More...

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Central Seventh-day Adventist Church

  • Address: 2229 N. Terrace Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 10am-4pm

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 original roominess of the foyer has been retained with walls paneled in golden oak and topped by a frieze depicting the Book of Life. To the left, off the foyer is the library still in its original form. The woodwork and hand-laid mahogany parquetry floor, walls covered with a delicate floral design that is handtooled on elephant hide. The ceiling is silver leafed. Tours will include the original kitchen, dining room, fireside chapel and sanctuary. Learn More...

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Century City Tower

  • Address: 4201 N. 27th Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and 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 – be a part of the community’s reemergence! Learn More...

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Charles Allis Art Museum

  • Address: 1801 N. Prospect Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 1pm-5pm

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 Allis-Chalmers 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. Learn More...

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Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear

  • Address: 839 N. 11th Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 10am-4pm

The building was built in 1869 as a single family residence for Daniel Schultz. In 1966, Avrum M. Chudnow purchased building for his law and property management offices, and began moving his collection of Americana into the home. Chudnow Museum opened in August 2012. 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. Learn More...


City Lights

  • Address: 2122 W. Mount Vernon Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and 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 is home to Zimmerman Architectural Studios, a multi-disciplinary architecture firm and Harwood Engineering Consultants. Menomonee Valley Artist-in-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. Learn More...

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CityCenter at 735

  • Address: 735 N. Water Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and 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. 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 includes 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 an entirely 2 story first floor. (Mezzanine added in 1959.) The mezzanine features common board rooms where we will display some unique photos of the building’s past. Learn More...

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Clock Shadow Building

  • Address: 130 W. Bruce Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

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. Learn More...

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Colby Abbot Building

  • Address: 759 N. Milwaukee St
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-2pm and 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 5 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. Learn More...

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David Barnett Gallery

  • Address: 1024 E. State Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

Housed in one of the city's finest Victorian Italianate homes from 1875, the Barnett Gallery contains over 6,000 works of art. Learn about the building and the broadest range of for-sale art available in any Wisconsin gallery. Gallery representatives will be on hand to tell you about the house and the collection. Panoramic views of the city and lake from the rooftop deck are available by appointment for a fee. Please call the gallery at 414-271-5058 or e-mail with the number of people in your group, date and time requested. A percentage of the fee will be donated to Historic Milwaukee. Learn More...

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Discovery World

  • Address: 500 N. Harbor Drive
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

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. Learn More...


Dr. Mildred Fish-Harnack Complex (8th Street School)

  • Address: 609 N. 8th Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-3:30pm and 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. The building remains structurally similar to when it was built and offers the chance to see how students studied and learned over the past century. Learn More...

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Educators Credit Union

  • Address: 2243 N. Prospect Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-3pm and 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 design of the building combines a layering of brick, concrete and aluminum on the outside with wood detailing inside, in keeping with the Prairie style influence at all Educators branches. The tour will also include the rooftop garden, normally not open to the public. Learn More...

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Federal Courthouse

  • Address: 517 E. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm 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 More...

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First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee

  • Address: 1342 N. Astor Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 12:30-3pm

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. Learn More...

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Florentine Opera Center

  • Address: 926 E. Burleigh Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 12:30pm-3pm

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.) Learn More...

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Forest Home Cemetery

  • Address: 24th & Forest Home Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 12- 4pm

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 on either side of the main worship space. The conservatories are filled with decorative palms and other 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. Learn More...

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s American System-Built Home Model B-1

  • Address: 2714 W. Burnham Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am - 5pm

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 through the assistance of a Save America's Treasures grant through the National Park Service and numerous matching grants from private individuals and foundations, the home was restored to its original 1916 appearance. The Model B-1 is intended to remain a house museum, and symbolizes a challenge to the design and construction communities to create beautiful, affordable space that not only provides shelter but allows their occupants and visitors to feel more alive and appreciative of the world around them. Learn More...

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Gas Light Building

  • Address: 626 East Wisconsin Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

Constructed in 1929, the Gas Light Building is a 20 floor Art Deco building designed by architects Eschweiler & Eschweiler. The exterior of the building consists of granite and brick and graduates 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 ships traveling along Lake Michigan, but is most recognized as a featured icon in weather forecasts. Step inside this Milwaukee icon and see 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. Learn More...

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Global Water Center

  • Address: 247 W. Freshwater Way
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm Sunday NOT OPEN

The Global Water Center is a 98,000 square foot, seven-story refurbishment of a 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. As one of the driving forces behind the revitalization of Walker’s Point, see breath-taking 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 new discoveries that have turned Milwaukee into the “Silicon Valley of Water.” Learn More...

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Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

  • Address: 1209 N. Broadway
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 12-5pm

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 newly-renovated 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. Learn More...

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Great Lakes Distillery

  • Address: 616 W. Virginia Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 11am-10pm and Sunday 11am-8pm

Originally buildings belonging to the Pfister-Vogel tannery, Great Lakes Distillery (GLD) took over the site to make spirits in 2008. GLD is a small craft distiller 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, 2, 3, 4 and 5pm that last about 30 minutes, with $7 tasting flights following for those interested. On Sunday the tours are at 1, 3 and 5pm, with $7 tasting flights following for those interested. There will also be informal, guided tours throughout both days. Learn More...

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Havenwoods Environmental Awareness Center PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 6141 N. Hopkins Street (one block west of Sherman Blvd. on Douglas Ave.)
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am - 5pm

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, 11am, 1pm, 3pm. 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 and 2pm. 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. Learn More...

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Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts

  • Address: 2419 E. Kenwood Boulevard
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

The Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts (commonly referred to as the "Zelazo Center") is a state-of-the art venue for events ranging from the most intimate meeting to the grandest wedding. Originally used as a synagogue by Congregation Emanu-El B'ne Jeshurun since 1922, the building 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 space includes a molded parabolic dome and is flanked by twelve 20-foot transept stained glass windows designed by the Congregation’s Rabbi Joseph El L. Baron. The building will be open to the public to explore. There will most likely be open rehearsals going on in the concert hall. Learn More...

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Hilton Milwaukee City Center

  • Address: 509 W. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 1pm-5pm

Built in 1927, the Hilton Milwaukee Downtown hotel is a classic art deco hotel with rich furnishings and distinctive architecture. Originally called The Schroeder Hotel, today the Hilton Milwaukee Downtown is recognized as the city's largest hotel with a tradition of excellence spanning nearly 85 years. Guided tours will be available at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm 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. Learn More...

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Historic Germania

  • Address: 135 W. Wells Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

When this 1896 Beaux Arts/ Classical Revival building was built, it was the largest office building in Milwaukee. 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. Learn More...

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Historic Turner Hall

  • Address: 1034 N. 4th Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-2pm and Sunday 11am-3pm

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." The architect, Henry Koch, was also architect of Milwaukee's City Hall and Pfister Hall. 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. Learn More...

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Hotel Metro

  • Address: 411 E. Mason Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

Time stands still on the corner of Milwaukee and Mason Streets. Walk through the doors of Hotel Metro and return to an era where the spirit of hospitality thrived. A hotel where the mood is full of charm and character. Where luxury has been achieved through attention to detail and courteous, unobtrusive service. The hotel is located in a historic neighborhood and 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. Learn More...

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Immanuel Presbyterian Church

  • Address: 1100 N. Astor Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am - 5pm and Sunday open for public worship a 10am, followed by coffee hour at 11:15. Tours begin at noon - 5pm.

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. Doors Open Milwaukee visitors will be welcomed by the ministers and members of this warm and engaging congregation. 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. Although church tours will be offered throughout the weekend, Doors Open Milwaukee friends are especially invited to spend Sunday morning at Immanuel. Learn More...

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Irish Cultural and Heritage Center/Grand Avenue Congregational Church

  • Address: 2133 W. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 10am-5pm

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. Learn More...

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Islamic Society of Milwaukee

  • Address: 4707 South 13th Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

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! Learn More...

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Jewish Home and Care Center

  • Address: 1414 N. Prospect Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 10am-5pm

The Jewish Home and Care Center moved to this, its third location, in 1973. It was last renovated in 2007, with resident-centered care in mind. Everything was done with an eye towards making it comfortable and pleasing for the people who live here. The Jewish Home is a place where people come to live. The […] Learn More...

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Jewish Museum Milwaukee (Evan & Marion Helfaer Community Service Building)

  • Address: 1360 N. Prospect Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 10am-5pm

Through interactive displays, the museum conveys the history of Milwaukee’s Jewish community in a way that emphasizes the American values of tolerance, respect, freedom and celebration of diversity. Visitors will experience the journey to America, the struggles of building a new life, the chilling facts of the Holocaust and the growth of a vibrant culture an community. They will also be able to visit an original, newly opened exhibition, "Stitching History From the Holocaust." Docent tours will be available for this truly unique exhibition at Noon and 3pm. Learn More...

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Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility

  • Address: 700 E. Jones Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

Opened in 1926, this facility was designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 1974. 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! Click here for tour times and more details. Learn More...

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Kenilworth Square

  • Address: 1915 E Kenilworth Place
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

Occupying a building originally built in 1914 as a Ford Model T plant, the renovated Kenilworth Square Apartments opened in 2006, offering truly unique living options on Milwaukee's Eastside for UWM upper-level students and staff. 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. Learn More...

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Kilbourn Avenue Bascule Bridge

  • Address: 101 E. Kilbourn Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am - 5pm

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. Learn More...

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King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church

  • Address: 2375 North 4th Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church is a Highly Victorian Gothic, Cream City brick building, inspired by the Gothic cathedrals of Europe. The church is most heavily represented in ecclesiastical works with the soaring towers, "The Way to Heaven." Ornate stained glass windows, and paintings depict symbols of Christianity, such as a fish, bread, a cross, or a lamb — teaching parables from the Bible, or specific events/miracles from Jesus life. In the Middle ages, these decorations come to be known as a ‘Poor Man's Bible.’ 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 — or take a brief guided tour, and enjoy refreshments with members of the congregation. Guided tours are at designated times (Sat 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30). Learn More...

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Knickerbocker on the Lake

  • Address: 1028 E. Juneau Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am - 5pm

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. Learn More...

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La Lune Collection

  • Address: 930 E. Burleigh Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-3:30pm Sun 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. 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. Learn More...

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Lakefront Brewery

  • Address: 1872 N. Commerce Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am -5pm and Sunday 11:30am - 4:30pm

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. Learn More...

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Loyalty Building / Hilton Garden Inn

  • Address: 611 N. Broadway
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 11am-3pm

Combining deluxe accommodations with historic elegance in a spectacular setting, Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Downtown is a brand new distinct 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, original hand painted safe doors, and original tile floor. Learn More...

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Mackie Building / The Grain Exchange Room

  • Address: 225 E. Michigan Street
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 10am-4pm

The three-story Grain Exchange Room (trading room) is the awesome showcase of the interior of the Mackie Building. Flanked by murals, marble columns, and gold leaf, the new trading room when built was replacing what may have been the first trading pit in the world. The vast trading room stretches to roughly 10,000 square feet, with colossal columns dividing the room into three sections. At the center, a skylight surrounded by frescos of wheat sheave medallions and Wisconsin wild flowers caps the room. The murals, painted by John S. Conway, have an especially noteworthy history. Learn More...

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Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

  • Address: 929 N. Water Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 10am-5pm

The Marcus Center has been a premier entertainment destination for Milwaukee and Wisconsin since 1969. Located in the heart of the Downtown Theater District, the Marcus Center is a community facility that offers live performance of opera, ballet, children’s theater, symphony, Off Broadway, one night performances and first-class national touring productions of Broadway. Tours of Uihlein Hall and the Todd Wehr Theater, including backstage tours when possible. Public reception and meeting spaces will also be visited. Guests will be familiarized with the history of the Marcus Center and the it’s occupants. They will also gain insight into how the Center is able to provide a wide variety of entertainment and reception offerings in it’s multiple venues. Learn More...

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Marian Center (formerly St. Mary’s Academy)

  • Address: 3195 S. Superior Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 12-4pm

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. These buildings are Milwaukee County and Wisconsin historic landmarks. Visitors will enjoy self-guided tours starting from Loretto Hall (no elevator) or Rosary Hall (elevator). Learn More...

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Marine Terminal Building

  • Address: 333 E. Erie Street
  • Hours: Sat 10am-5pm and Sunda 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, is located in the Historic Third Ward District as a contributing building on the National Register of Historic Places. Formerly a warehouse used to connect maritime shipping with ground transportation, the building has found new life renovated into 83 units of housing with ground floor commercial and underground parking. It has also contributed to the ongoing revitalization of the Third Ward. Learn More...

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Marquette University / St. Joan of Arc Chapel

  • Address: Located behind the Memorial Library - 1335 W. Wisconsin Ave.
  • Hours: Saturday 10am - 5pm and Sunday 10am-5PM

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. The exact construction date is not known, but 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. Learn More...

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Marquette University Law School / Ray and Kay Eckstein Hall

  • Address: 1215 W. Michigan Street
  • Hours: Saturday 11am-4pm and Sunday 11am-3pm

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 11am, noon, 1pm, and 2pm on Saturday. Guided tours will be offered at noon, 1pm, and 2pm on Sunday. Learn More...

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Marshall Building

  • Address: 207 E. Buffalo Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

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. Most buildings around this time used wood- and steel-framed floors, which made construction more expensive and tedious. The cost-effective technology resulted in a sturdy, built-to-last building. 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 Art's & creativity. Learn More...

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McIntosh | Goodrich Mansion (home of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music)

  • Address: 1548 N. Prospect Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 10am-5pm

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. The McIntosh|Goodrich Mansion exterior features dark red Galesburg paving brick, a monumental four column Corinthian portico, Michigan raindrop brownstone trim, and copper cornices. Interior highlights include stained glass attributed to Louis Comfort Tiffany, mahogany trimmed fireplaces, and grand curved glass bay windows overlooking the lake, among many others. 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. Learn More...

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MIAD – Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design

  • Address: 273 E. Erie Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am - 5pm and 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 the state's only independent, non-profit college of art and design offer the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. With each of its five floors spanning the length of a football field, it currently houses studios, classrooms, galleries and indescribable talent that fuels our creative economy. 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. Learn More...

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Milwaukee Art Museum

  • Address: 700 N. Art Museum Drive
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm

The graceful Quadracci Pavilion is a sculptural, postmodern addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum completed in 2001, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. The 142,050 square-foot Quadracci Pavilion was planned to primarily contain public spaces. Drop-in architectural tours of the Quadracci Pavilion (Calatrava addition) from noon-4pm 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. Learn More...

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Milwaukee Ballet PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 504 W. National Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 10am-5pm

Built by the Schlitz Brewing Company to complement its famous Schlitz Palm Garden, the building was originally the Tivoli Palm Garden. In the late 1980s, fire struck the home of Milwaukee Ballet. Though the building was almost completely destroyed by fire, the Carley Development Corporation restored the building to appear as it did in the 1800s as Tivoli Palm Garden, a popular beer garden operated by Schlitz. Today, the studio is well-equipped with four dance studios, a full costume shop, storage for more than 3,000 costumes, and administrative offices. Visitors to the home of Milwaukee Ballet will see the studio spaces where Milwaukee Ballet 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. Learn More...

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Milwaukee Bank Building

  • Address: 210 E. Michigan Street (604 N. Water Street is Accessible)
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

The Milwaukee Bank Building, home of Milwaukee's Grand Avenue Club, incorporates the oldest commercial building in the city. Ordinarily closed to anyone not a member, Grand Avenue Club members will guide visitors through the building, showing the best bits and explaining the Club's mission as an organization for adults who have suffered mental illness in Milwaukee. A stop in our 4th floor art gallery will be included, where visitors can view a private collection of members' portraits and meet the artist. Learn More...

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Milwaukee Blacksmith

  • Address: 518 E. Erie
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

The current home of Milwaukee Blacksmith, comprised of cinder blocks and roof trusses, suggest it was constructed sometime in the 1950s. The most interesting thing about our building is what currently happens inside. 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. Learn More...

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  • Address: 200 E. Wells Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

When built in 1895, City Hall was the third-tallest building in the country. 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. Learn More...

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Milwaukee Community Sailing Center

  • Address: 1450 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 11am-5pm

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 cities lakefront from the Windhover Community Room on the top floor of the new $2.3 million education center that opened in spring of 2010. The new building contains 6,000 square feet — including two class rooms, a large community room, and restrooms with shower facilities. Learn More...

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Milwaukee County Courthouse

  • Address: 901 N. 9th Street (Wells Street entrance between 9th and 10th Street)
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm

The Milwaukee County Courthouse is a high-rise municipal building located in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Completed in 1931, it is the third county courthouse built in the city and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors will be treated to the grandeur of the Milwaukee County Courthouse. Designed in the semi-Classic Roman style, the exterior is dominated by classical pillars, pilasters and cornices. Materials used in the construction of the Courthouse include Bedford stone from Indiana for the exterior, eight types of marble for the flooring, American walnut for the interior of the courtrooms and all lighting fixtures from the Moe Bridges Company. Learn More...

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Milwaukee County Historical Society

  • Address: 910 N. Old World Third Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-2pm and Sunday 10am-5pm

First housed on the unused seventh floor of the Milwaukee County Courthouse, the Historical Society relocated to the architecturally significant Second Ward Savings Bank building at the intersection of Kilbourn Ave and 3rd Street in the heart of downtown Milwaukee 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. It is widely used by genealogist, historians, preservationists, and other researchers interested in personal, familial and architectural history, as well as by businesses researching property matters or preparing corporate histories. MCHS also houses the collection, preservation and presentation of Milwaukee County artifacts and archival materials. Learn More...

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Milwaukee County Transit System Fleet Maintenance Facility

  • Address: 1525 W. Vine Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm (See specific tour times below) and Sun 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 they provide tours, but are proud to show an inside look at Mechanical Repair where mechanics repair or replace major bus components like engines, transmissions, air-conditioning and brakes during Doors Open Milwaukee. 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. Learn More...

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Milwaukee Fire House Engine #1 PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 784 N. Broadway
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

Firehouse Engine #1 houses Engine 1 and Truck 1. 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. Learn More...

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Milwaukee Fire House Engine #2 PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 755 N. James Lovell Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

Firehouse Engine #2 is the headquarters for the Milwaukee Fire Department. 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, and a special Dive Team demonstration and display of equipment will be given at 2pm. Fire House #2 is open until 5pm for the event, but may still be toured in general until 8pm. Learn More...

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Milwaukee Fire Museum PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 1615 W. Oklahoma Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

Built in 1927 as a fire station, the Milwaukee Fire Museum has been a museum and education center since 1995. . In addition to original chairs, a working fire alarm system connected to the corner alarm box, a time-related kitchen, locker room and a hose tower, you can see the dormitory-style bunkroom where the firefighters spent part of their 24-hour shift. Follow a tour guide or explore at your own pace with a museum guide sheet. Learn More...

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Milwaukee Fire Station #11 PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 2526 S. Kinnickinnic Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

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. NOT OPEN WHEN ON CALL. Learn More...

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Milwaukee Makerspace

  • Address: 2555 S. Lenox Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

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. Learn More...

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Milwaukee Marriott Downtown

  • Address: 323 E. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 10am - 2pm and Sunday 10am -2pm

The 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 hotel blends modern luxury with the architectural elements of the buildings that once stood in it's place. Visitors are invited on an escorted tour of the hotel. Learn More...


Milwaukee Police Department District 2 — LAST-MINUTE ADDITION

  • Address: 245 W. Lincoln Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 12noon-3pm

Meet Captain Alfonso Morales and the District Two police staff, tour the station and check out the Community Resource Area and MPD Law Enforcement displays when you visit this late addition to Doors Open Milwaukee! Learn More...

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Milwaukee Police Department — Communications Center

  • Address: 2333 N. 49th Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-3pm

Visitors will see the nerve center of the Milwaukee Police Department when they come to the Communications Center. They will see where police telecommunicators and dispatchers take calls that 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. Learn More...

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Milwaukee Public Market

  • Address: 400 N. Water Street
  • Hours: Sat 10am-3pm and Sun 10am-5pm

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. Learn More...

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Milwaukee Public Museum — Dome Theater PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 800 W. Wells Street
  • Hours: Saturday 9am-5:30pm and Sunday 9am – 5pm Free planetarium shows (please check listing for details)

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, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30,3:30 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. Learn More...

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Milwaukee Safety Academy (Police Academy) PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 6680 N. Teutonia Ave (parking in rear)
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

The Safety Academy, which houses the Milwaukee Police and Fire training academies, houses a full-sized gymnasium, workout facilities, tavern, apartment, and street scenes for investigative training, an indoor firearms range, and a combustible tower in back for training fire recruits. The old Catholic school chapel has become a conference room that doubles as a mock courtroom for police recruit training. Visitors will learn about basic police training and continuing education for existing officers, while viewing historical displays and artifacts of our 154-years of tradition. In addition, the first floor contains a police/fire memorial where visitors can take photographs, and a wall remembering Milwaukee police officers who have fallen in the line of duty. Learn More...

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Milwaukee Theatre / UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena

  • Address: 490 W. Kilbourn Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 10am - 4pm Sun 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. One of the first TV-friendly venues in the nation, the then-"Milwaukee Arena" came of age with rock & roll and later gained fame as "MECCA," a house of champions with a reputation for unparalleled fan intensity and an audacious Pop Art basketball floor. A major 1998 renovation readied the building for the 21st century with new technology and enhanced accommodations for both patrons and productions, while retaining its fervor-inducing geometry and super-strong, ready-to-rig ceiling. Visitors will be welcomed to the Annex, located between the U.S. Cellular Arena and the Milwaukee Theatre, which will be the meeting place for tours of either building; but wait, there's more! Offered as self-guided tours, we will have displays and recordings taking you back through each buildings' history of public shows and events. Learn More...

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Modjeska Theatre

  • Address: 1134 West Mitchell Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm

The Modjeska Theatre 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 Modjeska Theatre will be officially reopening as a theatre on Saturday, October 25, 2014, but will be offering Doors Open Milwaukee visitors a sneak peek exclusively during the event! Larry Widen, Managing Director of the Modjeska Theatre and author of ‘Milwaukee Movie Palaces,” will offer visitors an open-house tour on the half hour during the event, which will consist of Modjeska history, the theatre’s plans for 2014 and beyond and tours of the stage area, dressing rooms and projection booth. Don’t miss this exclusive sneak peek prior to the official opening! Learn More...

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Monarch Corporation

  • Address: 7050 North 76th Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-1pm and 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.” Learn More...

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Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation (MGIC)

  • Address: 270 E. Kilbourn Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

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. 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 Penalba and Shelia Hicks. Learn More...

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MSOE Alumni Partnership Center

  • Address: 1120 N. Broadway
  • Hours: Saturday 12-5pm and Sunday 1pm-4pm

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. Visitors are welcome to visit the first floor of the Alumni Partnership Center and 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. isitors also will enjoy viewing several paintings on display from the Grohmann Museum’s Man at Work art collection. Learn More...

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MSOE Grohmann Museum

  • Address: 1000 N. Broadway
  • Hours: Saturday 12-5pm and Sunday 1pm-4pm

The building currently housing the Grohmann Museum was built in 1924 as a Cadillac dealership, later to become Humphrey Cadillac. The building was later 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 in 2006-07 under the direction of Uihlein-Wilson Architects to become the Grohmann Museum. Visitors are invited to browse the Man at Work Collection, which comprises more than 800 paintings and sculptures dating from 1580 to the present. The Grohmann Museum welcomes visitors to three floors of galleries where a core collection is displayed as well as special themed exhibitions. The museum also features a spectacular rooftop sculpture garden. Learn More...

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MSOE Kern Center

  • Address: 1245 N. Broadway
  • Hours: Saturday 12-5pm and Sunday 1pm-4pm

The Kern Center was designed by Uihlein-Wilson Architects, and opened its doors in October 2004. It is Milwaukee School of Engineering’s 210,000-square-foot health, wellness, fitness and recreation facility and exemplifies the university’s commitment to providing a well-rounded student experience. Learn More...

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MSOE Krueger Hall

  • Address: 820 N. Milwaukee Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

This external red brick and heavily fortified concrete building was initially built to support the early days of Milwaukee's automobiles. Krueger Hall 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. Later in the late 1940s and 1950s, Krueger Hall became a Cadillac dealership (Kvamm Cadillac.) It was then a print shop in the 1960s through the 1990s. Now it is the home to MSOE's Rapid Prototype Center and WMSE Radio. Visitors will be able to tour the WMSE Studios and MSOE's Rapid Prototyping Center. Learn More...

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National Ace Hardware

  • Address: 1303 N. 4th Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

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. The site is comprised of three brick buildings; a firehouse built in 1892, the main building built in 1902, and the joining building that currently houses our paint department built in 1910. Visitors can expect a 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). Learn More...

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  • Address: 137 E. Wells Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 11:30am-5pm

The Safe House added the Newsroom to provide a home for the Milwaukee Press Club and its collection of famous autographs and memorabilia dating from 1885. An oil painting of Mark Twain was carefully restored and hangs above the fireplace. Beside it, a hand-painted mural shows the map of Milwaukee and sets off the signatures of nine Milwaukee mayors. The gargoyles and fountain installed in the Newsroom are preserved from the North Western depot. The exterior sign bracket and ornamental iron balcony are from the Blatz Hotel and the Blatz Palm Garden. The chandeliers are from John Ernst's - they were 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. Learn More...

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Next Act Theatre

  • Address: 255 S. Water Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-4pm and 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. The building was originally used to load and unload large equipment off of flatbed semi's for international shipping. The new complex houses Next Act's administrative offices, rehearsal hall, production support areas and a 152 seat theatre. 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. Learn More...

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North Point Tower

  • Address: 2288 N. Lake Drive at E. North Avenue
  • Hours: Sat 10am - 5pm and 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. Learn More...

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Old Southside Settlement Museum

  • Address: 707 W. Lincoln Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN ad Sunday 1pm-5pm

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 an 105-year-old house, and each room represents different families at different time periods within the neighborhood. The front room/reception area of the museum features artists whose work has been prominent in the Park Neighborhoods. The dining room still 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. Learn More...

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Orlandini Studios PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 633 W. Virginia Street
  • Hours: Saturday 12 - 5pm and Sunday 12-5pm

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. Learn More...


Our Daily Salt / H.C. Anton Building

  • Address: 3519 West National Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 10am-5pm

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. Learn More...

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Our Savior’s Lutheran Church

  • Address: 3022 W. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 12:30-5pm

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. Learn More...

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Park Lafayette Towers

  • Address: 1918 E. Lafayette Place
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and 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. Visitors on Doors Open Milwaukee weekend will enjoy a guided tour of the Towers, to include furnished model homes as well as all amenity spaces. Recreational spaces designed for the residents include a courtyard terrace with outdoor kitchen, clubroom and fitness studio. Doors Open Milwaukee visitors will also enjoy live music and culinary treats alfresco! Learn More...

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Pevnick Studios

  • Address: 527 N. 27th Street (alley door in back)
  • Hours: Sat NOT OPEN and Sun 10am – 5pm

The front building, built in 1878 of Cream City brick in the Italianate style, 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. Learn More...

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Pfister Hotel

  • Address: 424 E. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-2pm

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 tanner owner, wanted to build a "palace for the people" in Milwaukee, especially after the city's most renowned hotel, 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. Learn More...

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Plankinton Building

  • Address: 161 W. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-6pm and Sun 10am-5pm

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 Plankintom Avenues. In 1915, the building was razed and the 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. Designed by Chicago architects Holabird & Roche, the building is fashioned in 15th century Italian Gothic style with finished white glazed terra cotta and ornamental iron and grill-work. The statue of John Plankinton (circa 1880's) is situated in the center of the circular atrium, rotunda staircase. Architect and year: Holabird & Roche 1916 & 1924. Learn More...

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Plaza Hotel

  • Address: 1007 N. Cass Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

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. Learn More...

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Plymouth Church UCC

  • Address: 2717 E. Hampshire Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 11am-5pm

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.” 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. Learn More...

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Polaris at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee

  • Address: 333 W. Kilbourn Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am - 5pm

For nearly three decades, Milwaukeeans and visitors have ascended to the 20th floor of the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee for some of the city's best views. As Wisconsin's only revolving rooftop restaurant and lounge, Polaris has been home to engagements, first dates, anniversaries, Valentine's Day celebrations and many other special occasions. Learn More...

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Pritzlaff Building

  • Address: 311 N. Plankinton Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

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 in the building 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 intto 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. Learn More...

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Railway Exchange Building

  • Address: 233 E. Wisconsin Ave
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-2pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

Sometimes referred to as Milwaukee's first skyscraper, when this 12- story building was erected in 1900 it was the first in the city to use a steel skeleton frame. Come inside to experience its elegant Italian white marble lobby with its mosaic tiled floor, and hand crafted wrought iron bannisters. Talk to the owners of the building and find out about the challenges of maintaining an old icon. Learn More...

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Redeemer Lutheran Church

  • Address: 1905 W. Wisconsin Avenue. (sanctuary entrance, double glass doors)
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN Sunday 10am-5pm

Redeemer Lutheran Church (originally Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer) was founded in 1890. Construction work on the current building began late in 1915, the cornerstone being laid on December 6th. At that time, the estimated cost of the furnished church and parish hall was $50,000 (exclusive of the grounds). The architect, Mr. 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. Learn More...

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Riverside Theater

  • Address: 116 W. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm (Times subject to change)

The Riverside, which opened in 1928, was designed by local architects Charles Kirchoff and Thomas Rose. 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 80-year 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 for more details. Learn More...

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Robert A. Anderson Water Tower and Municipal Building

  • Address: 4001 S. 6th St.
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

Constructed in 1940, the Anderson Municipal Building is in the Art Deco architectural style. The building was built by the Town of Lake, and housed its water tower and municipal offices. Visitors will be able to participate in 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. Learn More...

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Safe House

  • Address: 779 N. Front Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 11:30am-5pm

This spy museum/restaurant is a favorite Milwaukee attraction, created in 1966 by designer David Baldwin. 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. 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. Learn More...

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  • Address: 1509 N. Jackson Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 12-4pm

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. Learn More...

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Saint Francis de Sales Seminary

  • Address: 3257 South Lake Drive, St. Francis
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 12-4pm

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 which averaged one dollar. 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 Sacellum or 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. Learn More...

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Saint George Melkite Church

  • Address: 1617 W. State Street
  • Hours: Satuday 10am-5pm and Sunday 1pm-5pm

Constructed with Milwaukee Cream City brick 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 Christian congregation. Visitors will be greeted by members of the parish community who will explain the features of a Middle Eastern church, point out the more noteworthy examples of Byzantine and Syrian iconography, and answer questions regarding the history of the building, the community, its rich liturgical heritage, and the current status of the parish. Learn More...

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Saint John’s on the Lake

  • Address: 1800 N .Prospect Ave
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am - 5pm

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 Federalist-style Chapel, 146 years of history, rain and meditation gardens, the butterfly/bee colony and raised garden beds alongside panoramic views of Lake Michigan. Learn More...

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Schlitz Audubon Nature Center PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 1111 E. Brown Deer Road, Bayside
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 9am-5pm

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center (The Dorothy K. Vallier Environmental Learning Center), designed by The Kubala Washatko Architects and built in 2003, is the portal to our 185-acre natural outdoor habitat. The environment is the focus at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, both inside and out. 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. Learn More...

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Sherman Park Commons Senior Living Center (at the former Jackie Robinson Middle School)

  • Address: 3245 N. 37th Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

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. The school was closed due to declining enrollment and the renovation of this historic building is a unique opportunity for positive and monumental change in the neighborhood. Learn More...

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Sherman Perk Coffee Shop

  • Address: 4924 W. Roosevelt Drive
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 7:30am-5pm

Built in 1939, the building at the intersection of 49th Street, Roosevelt Drive and Keefe Avenue 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. Learn More...


Sherman Theatre

  • Address: 4632 W. Burleigh Street
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 10am-5pm

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. Learn More...

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Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi

  • Address: 3221 S. Lake Drive
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 12-4pm

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, with hand-carved pews, original German carvings in the sanctuary, Austrian stained glass windows, reliquary, and adjacent Adoration 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. View a display of the early artwork created by Sr. Thomasita Fessler, the granddaughter of prominent architect Erhard Brielmaier, which can be found lining the walls of the first floor corridor as you make your way to view our two historic chapels. Learn More...


Solomon Juneau Cabin — LAST-MINUTE ADDITION

  • Address: Juneau Park, near the southeast corner of Prospect and Juneau Avenues
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-1pm

Visit the Historical Landmark of one of Milwaukee's founding fathers, Solomon Juneau, exclusively during Doors Open! Learn More...

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South Shore Pavilion

  • Address: 2900 South Shore Drive
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN Sunday 12-3pm

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. Learn More...

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St Benedict the Moor Parish Church

  • Address: 924 W. State Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10:30am-4:30pm and 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. In 1970 the few remaining parishioners met to discuss the feasibility of keeping the premises open. Around this time, 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 church, enjoying the many statues, carvings and artwork throughout the church, as well as a poster exhibit of past school activities. Parishioners will be on hand to tell our story and answer questions. Learn More...

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St Paul’s Episcopal Church

  • Address: 914 E. Knapp Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 12-5pm

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 1:30pm 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. Learn More...

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St. Joan Antida High School PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 1341 N. Cass Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-3pm and 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 trying-out the hand bells and African drums. Learn more about SJA's rich history and mission from the Head of School and Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida. Historical pictures will also be on display. Learn More...

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St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

  • Address: 804 West Vliet Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am - 5pm

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 hand-carved altar. Learn More...

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St. Joseph Chapel of School Sisters of St. Francis

  • Address: 1501 S. Layton Boulevard
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-4pm and 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. Learn More...

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St. Lucas Evangelical Lutheran

  • Address: 2605 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
  • Hours: Satuday 10am-4pm and Sunday 12-5pm

The present St. Lucas Church building at 2605 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. was erected in 1888. The steeple is 145' high. 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. Learn More...

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St. Mary and St. Anthony Coptic Orthodox Church

  • Address: 1521 W. Drexel Avenue / Oak Creek
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

St. Mary and St. Antonious was constructed in 2006 by Madison based Sullivan Construction Company. It 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. 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. Learn More...

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St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church

  • Address: 524 W. Historic Mitchell Street
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 1pm-5pm

St. Stanislaus was built in 1872 by Polish immigrants who settled in Milwaukee, and is the first Polish congregation in North America. Although composed of many different types of architecture including roman, gothic, eastern, baroque and art decor, 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. Learn More...

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State Street Bascule Bridge

  • Address: 100 E. State Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am - 5pm

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. Learn More...

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Summerfield United Methodist Church

  • Address: 728 E Juneau Avenue
  • Hours: Sat 10am-3pm and Sun 12:30pm-5pm

Styled in German Gothic Revival, this church was built in 1904 by the architecture firm of Turnball and Jones of Elgin, Ill. Summerfield’s original congregation formed in 1852. 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. Learn More...

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Survive Alive House PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 2059 S. 20th Street
  • Hours: Sat 10am - 5pm Sun NOT OPEN Special programs at 11:30am and 2:30pm

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. Learn More...

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The North End

  • Address: 1551 N. Water Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and 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. 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! Learn More...

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The Pitch Project

  • Address: 706 S 5th St.
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

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! Learn More...

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The Standard at East Library

  • Address: 2340 N. Cramer Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-3pm

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, where everything you need is within steps of your door. You won't want to miss this! Learn More...

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Thurston Woods

  • Address: 6100 N. 42nd Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-2pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

Discover this well kept secret of the city. You will have the opportunity to explore the various unique contributions Thurston Woods (formerly Thurston Forest) has made to the history of Milwaukee, including: the oldest surviving hand-hewn log cabin in Milwaukee, the former home of Mayor Henry Maier, the birthplace of nationally renowned Lang Brothers Woodworking, and various individual places of worship. The tour begins at the Agape Community Center, 6100 N. 42nd Street, started by the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother as a source of support for the community since 1986. Learn More...

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Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (U.A.C.)

  • Address: 1046 N. 9th Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church is a Victorian Gothic, Cream City brick building designed by Fredrick Velguth. Construction began in 1878, with the building dedication taking place in 1880. The rich, wood interior was hand-carved from Wisconsin Oak and Ash. 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 (Sat 10:30/11:30/12:30/1:30/2:30/3:30). The historic Schuelke organ can be heard between 11am - 3pm. Learn More...

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Tripoli Shrine Center

  • Address: 3000 W. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

The Tripoli Shrine Center was constructed in 1925 and completed in 1928 and was patterned after the Taj Mahal. It is listed on the National Registry of Historic sites. Visitors will step back in time to take a look at Milwaukee's historic treasure. Learn More...

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U.S. Bank Center — Observation Deck PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 777 E. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am – 5pm

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. Learn More...

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Urban Ecology Center / Menomonee Valley Branch

  • Address: 3700 W. Pierce Street
  • Hours: Sat 10am-5pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

Come check out the Urban Ecology Center’s newest branch as it celebrates it’s two-year anniversary. Every piece of the building has it’s own history, right down to the reception desk that was built from the bar of the tavern that once stood there! Take yourself on a tour of this unique building. Use the Urban Ecology Center’s Visitor’s Guide (available in English and Spanish) to discover all of the building’s green features. Learn about the history of the building and the area, 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. Learn More...

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Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

  • Address: 2220 N. Terrace Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 1pm-5pm

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 mu- seum 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. Learn More...

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Villard Square Branch Library

  • Address: 5190 N. 35th Street
  • Hours: Sat 10am-5pm 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 (47units.) While visiting the Villard Square Branch Library, take note of 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. Learn More...

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Watts Building

  • Address: 761 N. Jefferson Street
  • Hours: Sat 9am – 5pm and Sun NOT OPEN

George Watts and Son Inc. and the Watts Tea Shop have been family-owned and operated for over 144 years, and 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. Learn More...

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We Energies Public Service Building

  • Address: 231 West Michigan Street
  • Hours: Saturday 11am-4pm and Sunday 11am-4pm

Construction of the Public Service Building began in 1902, and electric interurban trains rolled through it three years later. Upon completion, the ornate neoclassical design received national praise for being among the finest in the country. 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. Learn More...

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Weld Guy

  • Address: 5253 N. 31st Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

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 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. Learn More...

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Wells Building

  • Address: 324 E. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 10am - 2pm and Sunday 10am - 2pm

Daniel Wells, who was reported to be the wealthiest man in Wisconsin at the time, completed the Wells Building in 1901. The architect was Henry C Koch, whose works include Milwaukee City Hall, the Pfister Hotel, and the Church of Gesu on the Marquette University campus. One of Milwaukee’s first steel frame high-rise structures, 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. Learn More...

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Wisconsin Black Historical Society

  • Address: 2620 W. Center Street
  • Hours: Saturday 9am-3pm and Sunday NOT OPEN

This site of the Wisconsin Black Historical Museum started in the 1880's as a fire station on what was then the city's far northwest side. Exhibits depict migration of African Americans to Wisconsin, their struggles and successes (e.g. an exhibit on the Urban League), 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. Visitors will enjoy the Nefertari Dance Company performances between 10am and noon in a separate space. Learn More...

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Wisconsin Club Belvedere

  • Address: 900 W. Wisconsin Ave
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 11am-4pm

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. Learn More...

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Wm. K. Walthers, Inc. PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 5601 W. Florist Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 10am – 5pm and 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. Walthers 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. Learn More...

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Woman’s Club of Wisconsin

  • Address: 813 E. Kilbourn Avenue
  • Hours: Sat NOT OPEN and Sunday 12-5pm

The Woman’s Club of Wisconsin, the oldest private club in the city and the oldest woman’s club in America, has an eventful and productive history dating back to 1876. The Club building initiated and financed by its pioneering founders has been a Milwaukee Landmark since it formally opened in 1887. Visitors will be offered a rare, inside experience. Learn More...