In-Depth Tours 2013
DOORS OPEN MILWAUKEE 2013 IN-DEPTH TOURS
FOR HISTORIC MILWAUKEE MEMBERS
In-Depth Tours are exclusively for Historic Milwaukee members (members available day-of). Student, Senior and Individual members can receive two tickets FREE with their membership. Family, Explorer, Sustaining and Steward members can receive four tickets FREE with their membership (Children ages eight and under are free, and do not require a ticket to participate in tours with a ticketed adult). Members are able to purchase additional tickets at $5 per ticket per tour.
All In-Depth Tour tickets can be picked up and/or purchased at Urban Milwaukee: The Store, 755 N Milwaukee Street – (414) 395-0632. Tickets must be picked up in-person at Urban Milwaukee, and cannot be ordered over the phone. Urban Milwaukee opens at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday of the event.
Tickets for In-Depth Tours will not be sold or given the day of the event at City Hall Headquarters. There will be an online list of Available In-Depth Tours during the month of sales prior to the event for those who wish to see what is available to order and attend. This list will be continuously updated throughout the month of sales to show how many tickets are still available for each tour. All orders must be picked up at the Urban Milwaukee: The Store. HMI Memberships and in-depth tour tickets can be purchased and ordered at the same time. In-depth tours tickets are given on a first-come, first served basis, and membership does not guarrantee availability. Some restrictions and exceptions apply.
Brady Street — Take a speedy walk through 150 years of Brady Street-area history. Ticket: Required Times: Sat 10am and 11am Duration: 45 minutes Capacity: 30 Meet: In front of St. Hedwigs, corner of Humboldt and Brady
SOLD OUT – The Brewery: The Evolution of an Icon — During this tour led by Mike Mervis, participants will learn what the Zilber Development team used in transforming the abandoned Pabst Beer complex into a neighborhood built around the themes of historic preservation and sustainability. Ticket: Required. Times: Sat 10am and Sun at 11am. Duration: 1 hour. Capacity: 35-40. Meet: Zilber Park, 1217 N. 10th Street
Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge — A quick behind-the-scenes tour of America’s first bonafide cocktail lounge, Bryant’s. Learn how Bryant’s evolved from a working class shot and beer bar to a classic cocktail spot to a touchstone of living history in what is now called the craft cocktail scene. Wisconsin Foodie host Kyle Cherek narrates to the tour. Ticket: Required Times: Sat 2pm and 3pm Duration: 30min Capacity: 25 Meet: 1579 S. 9th Street
Downtown Kids’ History and Architecture Tour — Join experienced HMI tour guides Mari Pavleje and Jane Boorse to find out all about our fascinating city with plenty of cool stories. Suggested for kids 8 to 12 years old. Parents welcome to join in. Only the kids will need a ticket. Ticket: Required Time: Sat 10am Duration: 1 hour Capacity: 30 kids Meet: At fountain on NW corner of Kilbourn and Water (Marcus PAC).
Downtown Through the Eras — Take a walk on the east side of downtown. Admire the exterior architecture and learn about the history of many of our iconic buildings — from the Mitchell Building to the Pfister Hotel, from the Loyalty Building/Hilton Garden Inn to Milwaukee Gas Light. Ticket: Required Times: Sat 1pm and 3pm Duration: Approx. 1 hour Capacity: 20 Meet: Northwest corner of Michigan and Water.
SOLD OUT – Ghosts of Milwaukee — Celebrate Milwaukee folklore with local Fortean historian Allison Jornlin. Walk through the unique history and modern day paranormal reports of the Third Ward. Ticket: Required Time: Sat. 5:30pm Duration: 45 minutes Capacity: 30 Meet: In front of Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway
SOLD OUT - Growing Power — See how Growing Power has become one of the world’s leading innovators in urban farming and is changing the dynamics of the food system in the city of Milwaukee. Ticket: Required Time: Sat. 1pm Duration: 1.5 hours Capacity: 20 Meet: 5500 W. Silver Spring Dr.
Harley-Davidson® Museum History Tour — Learn how 110 years of Harley-Davidson’s rich history fits into the bigger picture of world history and culture. Follow this legendary American success story from its humble beginnings to the iconic company it is today. Ticket: Required Times: Sat. 10:30am and 1pm and Sun. 10:30am and 1pm Duration: 45 minutes. Capacity: 12/per tour. Meet: Lobby of Harley-Davidson® Museum, 400 W. Canal St.
Hentzen Coatings — Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the headquarters and laboratories of Hentzen Coatings, which continues to be the largest supplier of engineered paint products to the U.S. Army, providing products with infrared reflectance, camouflage and decontamination properties — specified to protect high-profile military technology such as the Stealth Fighter Program. Ticket: Required Times: Sat. 11am Duration: 60 minutes Capacity: 20 Meet: 6937 West Mill Rd.
Hispanic Milwaukee — Take a short tour of the United Community Center with Arnoldo Sevilla, local historian of Milwaukee’s Spanish-speaking history and culture. Then, take a short walk in the neighborhood and find out about other Hispanic institutions, businesses and restaurants. Ticket: Required Time: Sat. 11am. Duration: 1 hour. Capacity: 30 Meet: Inside Hall of United Community Center, 1028 S. 9th St.
Historic Yankee Hill — The bluffs above Lake Michigan made this a desirable location for the city’s elite in the Victorian era. Take a tour exploring the exteriors of churches and mansions left behind by early Yankee settlers. Ticket: Required Times: Sun 1pm and 2:30pm Duration: 1 hour Capacity: 25 Meet: In lobby of Knickerbocker on the Lake, 1028 E. Juneau Ave.
How to Build a Better Car Trap: The Good, the Bad, and the “Oh No, They Didn’t!” Downtown Parking Garages — Alderman Nik Kovac leads an architectural tour of downtown’s surprising parking structures. A few architects have been bold, innovative and decorative, but more often the need for parking is seen as a necessary evil. Explore how the car has affected our public streets and private buildings. Ticket: Required Time: Sat 3:30pm. Duration: 90 minutes. Capacity: 35 Meet: NE corner of Water St. and Wells St.
SOLD OUT - Illuminated Milwaukee: Exploring Downtown’s Exterior Lighting — Join the Illuminating Engineering Society on a walk exploring some of downtown’s beautifully illuminated buildings. Discover exterior lighting techniques used on various buildings in Downtown Milwaukee. Ticket: Required. Time: Sat. 7:30pm Duration: 1 hour Capacity: 25 Meet : Northwest corner of Kilbourn Ave. and Water St.
SOLD OUT – Kilbourntown — This tour will visit some of the neighborhood sites of one of Milwaukee’s founders, Byron Kilbourn. HMI’s award-winning guide, Gary Kulas, will narrate the histories of early Grand Avenue churches, the Alexander Mitchell mansion, County Courthouse, Pabst Brewery and more. Ticket: Required Time: Sun 12pm Duration: 90 minutes Capacity: 25 Meet: Milwaukee Public Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Kenilworth Square: Transforming a WWII Munitions Plant into a place for art, housing, commerce, and community — Architect Jim Shields and designer David Lang both worked on this building’s reconstruction. They will lead a tour covering both interior and exterior renovations, demolition, renovation, and new additions that made the project work. Ticket: Required Time: Sat 10 am Duration: 90 minutes Capacity: 24 Meet: 1925 E. Kenilworth Place, just west of Prospect Ave.
SOLD OUT – Lake Drive Mansions — Join E.J. Brumder, descendant of the great Milwaukee German American Brumder Publishing House, as he shares with you well-known family names and owners as he identifies some of the mansions north on Lake Drive. Ticket: required. Times: Sat. 10am (sold out) & 11:30am Duration: 1 hour Capacity: 15 Meet: At the NE corner of Lincoln Memorial Drive and Lake Dr.
Lincoln Avenue: Art, Architecture and Culture — Join Rick Petrie, executive director of Urban Anthropology, Inc., on a walking tour of busy Lincoln Avenue, and learn how the neighborhood has changed from predominantly Polish to Hispanic settlers, as well as about the area’s art, architecture and history. Ticket: Required. Time: Saturday, 1pm Duration: 45 minutes Capacity: 25 Meet: Old South Side Settlement Museum, 707 W. Lincoln Ave.
SOLD OUT - Living in a Hotel: Eloise at the Plaza — Take a tour of the Knickerbocker on the Lake with actor/storyteller John McGivern, who will give you an inside look into three of the full-time residents’ condos/homes. Learn about the history of this former hotel, and steps taken to rejuvenate it. Ticket: Required. Times: Sat & Sun 11am Duration: 45 minutes Capacity: 15 Meet: In restored lobby of the Knickerbocker, 1028 E. Juneau Ave.
SOLD OUT – Maker of Milwaukee – Join MIAD professor of Art History Dr. Chris Szczesny-Adams as she tours buildings of Edward Townsend Mix, Milwaukee’s premier 19th-century architect. In this tour, we will examine Mix’s prominent role in transforming a frontier town into a cosmopolitan city through architecture. Times: Sat 10am Duration: 75 minutes Capacity: 18 Meet: Corner of Juneau and Marshall at the end of Broadway and Michigan Ave.
Maryland Avenue Montessori School — OnMilwaukee writer Bobby Tanzilo, author of the book, Historic Milwaukee Public Schoolhouses, will lead visitors on a tour around Maryland Avenue Montessori School, built in 1887 (designed by architect Henry Koch). Principal Joe DiCarlo will also be on hand to answer questions about the Montessori program that now calls the building home. Times: Sat 12pm Duration: 60 minutes Capacity: 30 Meet: 2418 N. Maryland Ave.
Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control (MADACC) — MADACC staff will provide a behind-the-scenes look at Wisconsin’s busiest animal-control facility, ground zero for over 11,000 stray, unwanted, abandoned, mistreated and injured animals each year. Learn about the ways MADACC works to reunite, shelter and rescue pets across the state. Times: Sat and Sun 11am, 1pm and 3pm Duration: 1.5 hours Capacity: 20 Meet: 3839 W. Burnham St.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Production Facility — Tour the production facility of Wisconsin’s largest newspaper where seven-story presses print, cut and fold the paper at a rate of 85,000 copies an hour every day of the year. Tour includes overview video and platemaking, press and packaging areas. Tickets: Required Times: Sat 1 and 2pm Duration: 45 minutes Capacity: 25 Meet: 4101 W. Burnham St.
Milwaukee Photo Walks — Walk through downtown Milwaukee while hearing historic commentary and learning photographic tips for taking creative pictures with a 1.5 mile, 2-hour Milwaukee Photo Walk. Whether you’re a novice, a professional or just interested in history, you’ll enjoy this tour. Ticket: Required Time: Sat and Sun 10am Duration: 2 hours Capacity: 16 Meet: 172 North Broadway, next to the Broadway Theatre
Missing Milwaukee Walking Tour — This walk, hosted by Yance Marti, author of Missing Milwaukee: The Lost Buildings of Milwaukee, will highlight several of the building sites featured in his book. Learn of those buildings’ histories and neighborhoods, as well as the changes that have resulted from the loss of the buildings. Ticket: Required Time: Sun 3:30pm Duration: 1 hour Capacity: 30 Meet: Corner of Water and Michigan
Monarch Corporation — 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. Come to their 100,000-square-foot facility to see a current example of why Milwaukee used to be called the “machine shop of the world.” Ticket: Required Time: Sat 10am Duration: 45 minutes Capacity: 20 Meet: 7050 N. 76th St.
SOLD OUT - Mysteries of Calvary Cemetery Chapel — 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. Reposing directly beneath the main altar is the body of Rev. Idziego Tarasiewicza, interred in 1903. A mystery remains. Why was Rev. Tarasiewicza the only clergy buried there? Ticket: Required Time: Sun 12pm Duration: 30 minutes Capacity: 15 Meet: 5008 W. Bluemound Rd.
SOLD OUT – Oriental Theatre — Dubbed “the crown jewel” of the Saxe Brothers’ chain of 45 theatres, the Oriental, one of the few movie palaces to feature an East Indian motif, opened July 2, 1927, and is Milwaukee’s sole operating movie palace, an architectural and decorative gem. The decorative elements are all original to the theatre, and virtually everything is as it appeared in 1927. Ticket: Required Time: Sat 10am Duration: Approx. 45 minutes Capacity: 50 Meet: 2230 N. Farwell Ave.
Palermo’s Pizza — Nick Fallucca, grandson of Gaspare Fallucca, Palermo’s Pizza Founder, will lead two groups on mini factory tours, where guests will learn the history of Palermo’s Pizza, see the main production lines from a mezzanine level and be able to ask questions. The tour will end in Pizzeria 3301, where guests have the opportunity to purchase pizza and other Italian delights. Ticket: Required Time: Sat 12pm Duration: 20 minutes Capacity: 30 Meet: 3301 W. Canal St.
Revitalizing the Menomonee Valley | A Walking Tour — Laura Bray of Menomonee Valley Partners, Inc. will offer a behind-the-scenes tour of the Valley. Walk the Hank Aaron State Trail. Tour the new Three Bridges Park, an old rail yard being transformed into a new Milwaukee treasure. Tour a historic tavern that is now open as Urban Ecology Center’s third branch. Ticket: Required Time: Sat: 11am Duration: 75-90 minutes Capacity: 25 Meet: In front of Charter Wire, 3700 W. Milwaukee Rd. (just west of Canal St.), Park on Milwaukee Rd.
Revolution in Milwaukee — UWM history professor Aims McGuinness will guide visitors through Historic Turner Hall (1883) and the newly re-opened restaurant. Discover long-forgotten links between the Civil War, the history of women’s suffrage, the struggle for workers’ rights, the rise of modern gymnastics, Milwaukee’s unique history of revolutionary city government and more. Ticket: Required Time: Sun 11am Duration: 1.5 hours Capacity: 25 Meet: Entrance of Turner Hall, 1034 N. 4th St.
Riverwalk North — HMI guide Gary Kulas will take you on a journey exploring the developments along this stretch of the river that have taken place over the past 25 years, and share some personal river experiences going back over 60 years. Ticket: Required Time: Sat 10am Duration: 1.5 hours Capacity: 25 Meet: On the steps along the east wall of the Riverside Theater Bldg. at Wisconsin Avenue and the Milwaukee River
Six Points Walking Tour — Discover the vibrant history of East North Avenue. What a convergence of the industrial, commercial, institutional and residential! From North Point Water Tower and swimming schools on the Milwaukee River to a Mafia don’s headquarters and an auto assembly plant welcomed by nearby wealthy homeowners, you’ll be surprised at Six Points’ century and more of diversity. Ticket: Required Time: Sat 1pm and Sun 1pm Duration: 75 minutes Capacity: 30 Meet: At the west end of the Beans & Barley parking lot, 1901 E. North Ave.
South Riverwalk — Join HMI guide Frank Matusinec as he tours the Riverwalk, walking to The Pierhead Lighthouse, talking about the harbor, the lake, the Edmund Fitzgerald visit, and the changing faces of the river from transportation hub and backwater garbage dump to revitalized area for new housing, restaurants, shops and projected future developments. Ticket: Required Time: Sat 1pm and Sun 1pm Duration: 60 minutes Capacity: 25 Meet: In front of Riverfront Restaurant, 507 E. Erie Street.
SOLD OUT – Spunk and Grit: Milwaukee’s Third Ward — Milwaukee’s early 19th-century Third Ward was a swamp until it held houses and stores of struggling Irish and Italian immigrants. In the 21st century, it’s a model of American-style recovery. How did the Ward change from slums, saloons and fire hazards to new businesses, theaters and condos? Come and learn the process. Ticket: Required Time: Sat 1pm and Sun 1pm Duration: 90 minutes Capacity: 15 Meet: In front of the Public Market, SE corner of Water & St. Paul
Tory Hill and the Bloody Third Ward — Join Carl Baehr, author of Milwaukee Streets: The Stories Behind Their Names, as he explores the geography and Irish history of Tory Hill and the Third Ward from the founding of Milwaukee to 1900, including events such as the Lady Elgin Disaster, Newhall House Fire, the Third Ward Fire of 1892 and the Lynching of Marshall Clark. Ticket: Required Time: Sun 11:30am Duration: 90 minutes Capacity: 25 Meet: 5th and St. Paul
Walnut Way Conservation Corporation: Gardens & Urban Orchards — Walnut Way Conservation Corp. is a community designed for urban agriculture, youth programming and much more. Take a guided walking tour with Kimberly Njoroge, resident and former Walnut Way board member, and experience the essences in the gardens, urban fruit orchards, water conservation and the life of bees. Ticket: Required Time: Sun 1:30pm Duration: 1 hour Capacity: 20 Meet: Inside Walnut Way Center, 2240 N. 17th St.
Why Mount Art Along Fond du Lac Avenue? — Join temporary public art organizer Pegi Christiansen as she discusses the rich past, present, and future of 20 blocks of Fond du Lac Avenue. This will include over a dozen prominent people and buildings. She will ask questions about a revived concept, “placemaking,” that is being used in broad ways across the country to respond to and enhance neighborhoods. Ticket: Required Time: Sun 10:30am Duration: 60 minutes Capacity: 15 Meet: 2652 W. Fond du Lac Ave. inside the Subway (originally Van Ells Drug Store) Parking: Lot behind Subway