In-Depth Tours 2014


Tickets for DOORS OPEN MILWAUKEE In-Depth Tours will be available online this year!

Tickets will be available to Historic Milwaukee members in advance, starting Friday, August 22nd.

Tickets will be available to the general public at $5 per ticket two weeks prior to the event, starting on Friday September 5th.

In-depth Tours are subject to availability and are given on a first-come, first-served basis.

In-Depth Tours will be available to Historic Milwaukee members one month prior to the event. 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 for $5 per ticket per tour in advance.

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. Some restrictions and exceptions apply.


Brady Street
Saturday (9/20) & Sunday (9/21) at 4:00PM
Ticket Required – Duration: 60min.

Join Sean Regan on a speedy walk through 150 years of Brady Street-area history. A ticket is required. The tour is offered Saturday and Sunday at 4pm and is expected to last 60 minutes. The capacity for this tour is 30 people. Please meet in front of St. Hedwigs, located on the corner of Humboldt and Brady.


Brady Street Walking Food Tour
Saturday (9/20) & Sunday (9/21) at 1:00PM
Ticket Required – Duration: 2 hoursMilwaukee Food Tours
Discover the sights and flavors of Milwaukee with a 1-mile, 2 -hour Milwaukee Food & City Tour. This guided food tasting tour of Milwaukee’s fashionable East Side explores neighborhoods originally settled by Italian and Polish immigrants. On this signature tour, you will be strolling through the historic Milwaukee neighborhood of Brady Street – the ethnic enclave that these new arrivals called home. Enjoy delicious tastings along the way at authentic Italian eateries, as well as at several newer establishments that revitalize this community. A ticket is required. The tour is offered Saturday and Sunday at 1PM and is expected to last 2 hours. The capacity for each tour is 16 people. Please meet in front of Zaffiro’s Pizza at 1724 N. Farwell Ave. (Tour recommendation is to use the public parking lot that provides parking for up to 10 hours at the corner of Arlington Place & Brady Street. Please be sure to use the 10-hour parking meters, which are located in the NE corner of the lot.)

The Brewery: TPabst Breweryhe Evolution of an Icon
Saturday (9/20) at 10:00AM
Sunday (9/21) at 11:00AM
Ticket Required – Duration: 60min.
During this tour led by Dennis Stapleton, participants will learn what the Zilber Development team used in transforming the abandoned Pabst Beer complex into a neighborhood built around the themes of historic preservation and sustainability. A ticket is required. This tour is offered Saturday at 10:00AM and Sunday at 11:00AM and is expected to last 60min. The capacity for each tour is 35 people. Please meet at Zilber Park (1217 N. 10th St.).


Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge
Saturday (9/20) at 3:00PM
Ticket Required – Duration: 30min.
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. A ticket is required. This tour is offered Saturday at 3:00PM and is expected to last 30min. The capacity for this tour is 25 people. Please meet at Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge (1579 S. 9th Street).


CathedralofStJohnThe Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist: The Transformation of an Urban Cathedral Precinct
Sunday (9/21) at 2:00PM
Ticket Required – Duration: 90min.
Architect Jim Shields, FAIA, worked on this building’s reconstruction and atrium addition. He will lead a tour covering both interior and exterior renovations, demolition, renovation, and the new addition that made the project work. A ticket is required. This tour is offered Sunday at 2:00PM and is expected to last 90 minutes. The capacity for this tour is 24 people. Please meet at the Cathedral (812 N. Jackson Street).





Colectivo Roasting Facility
Saturday (9/20) at 9:00AM
Ticket Required – Duration: 90min.

Join Colectivo on a behind-the-scenes tour of our Riverwest headquarters. Learn the basics behind sourcing green coffee and our vintage Probat roasters, then take a peek at Colectivo’s service department, barista training classroom, cupping room and packing floor. Colectivo Humboldt was honored as “Best Environmentally Friendly Project” by the Business Journal and received the Mayor’s Urban Design Award and MANDI “Building Blocks Award” for promoting the social and cultural life of the community. Hear about some of the facility’s more notable features, like repurposed windows, custom handmade details and green building techniques. Complete the experience with a guided coffee tasting! A ticket is required. This tour is offered Saturday at 9:00AM and is expected to last 90 minutes. The capacity for this tour is 16 people. Please meet at Colectivo (2999 N. Humboldt Blvd.)



blatz brewery buildingGerman Milwaukee Tour
Saturday (9/20) at 11:00AM
Ticket Required – Duration: 60min.
It wasn’t much of a stretch to call Milwaukee “half” German during the city’s boom years between the Civil War and WWI. Immigrants from Central Europe— including activists, entrepreneurs, intellectuals, laborers, Catholics, Lutherans, Jews, and freethinkers—created a range of institutions, most of which operated in the German language. This tour showcases buildings that represent German-American business, education, faith, politics, entertainment, and publishing. Stops along the way will include Blatz Brewery, the German-English Academy, Old St. Mary’s Church, City Hall, the Pabst Theater, and the Germania Building. A ticket is required. This tour is offered Saturday at 11am and is expected to last 60 minutes. The capacity for this tour is 20 people. The tour will begin in front of Blatz Brewery Building at corner of Broadway and Highland, end at Germania Building at Wells and 2nd Street.

Historic Third WardGhosts of Milwaukee
Saturday (9/20) at 5:30PM
Ticket Required – Duration: 45min.
Celebrate Milwaukee folklore with local Fortean historian Allison Jornlin. Walk through the unique history and modern day paranormal reports of the Third Ward. A ticket is required. This tour is offered Saturday at 5:30pm and is expected to last 45 minutes. The capacity is 30 people. Please meet in front of the Broadway Theatre Center (158 N. Broadway).



harley museumHarley-Davidson Museum History Tour
Saturday (9/20) at 10:30AM & 1:00PM
Sunday (9/21) at 10:30AM & 1:00PM
Ticket Required – Duration: 45min.
Learn how over 100 years of Harley-Davidson’s rich history fits into the bigger picture of World History and Culture. Follow this legendary American success story with its humble beginnings in a 10’x15’ shed and its transformation into the iconic company it is today. Mention “Doors Open” in The Shop and at MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant to receive 10% off your purchase. A ticket is required. This tour is offered on Saturday and Sunday at 10:30am & 1pm each day. The tour is expected to last 45 minutes. The capacity is 12 per tour. Please meet in the Lobby of the Harley-Davidson Museum (400 W. Canal St.)

Hentzen Coatings Production Tourhentzen coatings
Saturday (9/20) at 11:00AM
Ticket Required – Duration: 2 hours
Tour the headquarters, research laboratories and production facilities of Hentzen Coatings. See behind the scenes how this company, founded in Milwaukee in 1923, has specialized in the development, engineering and manufacturing of high performance liquid and powder coatings. Widely known for products designed to meet stringent appearance and functionality requirements of military and aerospace specifications, Hentzen has long been recognized as the coatings industry leader in providing industrial coating products that must perform under the most extreme conditions. Hentzen has also been a paint industry leader in the design of environmentally friendly “green” coatings. Recently, Hentzen developed a “green” powder topcoat meeting all military specification requirements that has been approved by the U.S. Army. Hentzen was the first company in the paint industry to accomplish this. This tour is offered on Saturday at 11:00AM and is expected to last two hours. A ticket is required. The capacity for this tour is 20 people. Please meet at Hentzen Coatings (6937 W. Mill Rd).

st paulHistoric Yankee Hill
Saturday (9/20) at 11:00AM and 1:00PM
Ticket Required – Duration 60 minutes
As Milwaukee entrepreneurs grew wealthy in the latter 1800s, they built mansions and churches on the high ground overlooking Lake Michigan east of downtown. Because many of these wealthy men originated in New York and New England, they were called “Yankees.” Hence, this section of Milwaukee became known as Yankee Hill. On this tour, you will look at the best of the remaining great Yankee Hill mansions and churches, and hear fascinating stories about the men and architects who built them. Tour leader is Rod Botts, who has been leading tours of Yankee Hill for 12 years. A ticket is required. This tour is offered Saturday 11am and 1pm and is expected to last 60 minutes. The capacity for this tour is 15 people. Please meet in the lobby of the Astor Hotel (1924 E Juneau Ave).

Milwaukee at nightIlluminated Milwaukee Exploring Downtown’s Exterior Lighting
Saturday (9/20) at 7:30PM
Ticket Required – Duration: 60 minutes
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. A ticket is required. This tour is offered Saturday at 7:30pm and is expected to last for 60 minutes. The capacity for this tour is 25 people. Please meet on the northwest corner of Kilbourn Ave. and Water St.


MitchellStListening to Mitchell on Historic Mitchell Street
Sunday (9/21) at 4:00PM
Ticket Required – Duration: 60 minutes
There is no other place in Milwaukee like Mitchell Street. The street has remained one of our city’s most vibrant and diverse pedestrian streets, filled with stories of grand commercial success and decline as successive waves of immigrants claim it as their own. Join artists Sonja Thomsen and Adam Carr on a guided walking tour through Listening to Mitchell, their public art installation, from the Modjeska Theater to St. Stan’s. Thomsen and Carr spent 18 months in conversation with Historic Mitchell Street, translating over fifty interviews into an installation of image and sound amongst the seven-block corridor. On the tour, we will experience the installation, hear stories from the project, explore the street’s many interesting/international businesses, and share Mitchell Street experiences. A ticket is required. This tour is offered Sunday at 4pm and is expected to last 60 minutes. The capacity for this tour is 20 people. Please meet at The Modjeska Theater (1134 W. Historic Mitchell Street).

KnickerbockerLiving in a Hotel: Eloise at the Plaza
Saturday (9/20) & Sunday (9/21) at 11:00AM
Ticket Required – Duration: 45 minutes
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. A ticket is required. This tour is offered Saturday and Sunday at 11am and is expected to last 45 minutes. The capacity for this tour is 15 people. Please meet in the restored lobby of the Knickerbocker (1028 E. Juneau Ave.).



Maker of Milwaukee
Saturday (9/20) at 10:00AM
Ticket Required – Duration: 90 minutes
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, you will examine Mix’s prominent role in transforming a frontier town into a cosmopolitan city through architecture. Tickets: Required. Times: Sat. 10am. Duration: 90 minutes. Capacity each tour: 18. Meet: Corner of Juneau and Marshall and end at Broadway and Michigan Ave. Note: The walk will be extensive and participants should be able to stand and walk for 90 minutes.

Menomonee Valley Walking Tour: From Machine to Model — When Milwaukee was the Machine Shop of the World, the Menomonee Valley was its engine. Yet by the 1990s the Valley’s legacy was lost amid hundreds of acres of vacant buildings, a forgotten river, and the north/south divide it symbolized in our community. Today, the Menomonee is experiencing a transformation and has become a national model of sustainable redevelopment with nearly 40 new companies, 5,000 new jobs, the Hank Aaron State Trail and Three Bridges Park. Take a walk through the history and learn about the economic redevelopment and environmental restoration underway. Ticket: Required. Times: Sat. 10am. Duration: 90 minutes. Capacity each tour: 25. Meet: In front of Charter Wire, 3700 W. Milwaukee Rd. (just west of Canal St.), Park on Milwaukee Rd.

Milwaukee Club Private Tour — Not only did The Milwaukee Club open the era of social “clubdom” in Milwaukee in 1882, it was also the first men’s club west of the Allegheny Mountains. The presence of the original clubhouse has been maintained with the same reverence of tradition and high standards for more than 125 years. This exclusive Milwaukee Club private tour will be led by the General Manager, and will include both the interior and exterior areas of clubhouse, which was designed by Daniel H. Burnham. Learn about a Milwaukee gem of a building and the history of its members. Ticket: required. Times: Sat. 11am. Duration: 60 minutes. Capacity: 12. Meet: Main lobby, 706 N. Jefferson Street

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Production Facility — Tour the production facility of Wisconsin’s largest newspaper where seven-story presses print, cut and fold the Journal Sentinel every day of the year at a rate of 85,000 copies an hour. The tour includes an historical display, video overview of press operations and a visit to the plate making, press and packaging areas. Tickets: Required. Times: Sat. 10am and 11am. Duration: 45 minutes. Capacity each tour: 25. Meet: 4101 W. Burnham Street

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. Wisconsin Avenue, in particular, offers a stunning then-and-now view of downtown Milwaukee and will impress locals and tourists alike with its unique architectural details and captivating history. Our tour concludes at the Milwaukee lakefront, highlighting the dramatic Milwaukee Art Museum architecture and scenic gardens. Whether you’re a novice, a professional or just interested in history, you’ll enjoy this tour! Tickets: Required. Times: Sat. 10am and Sun. 10am. Duration: 2 hours. Capacity each tour: 16. Meet: 172 North Broadway, next to the Broadway Theatre

Missing Milwaukee 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

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: Sat and Sun 12:30pm Duration: 30 Minutes Capacity:15 Meet: 5503 W. Blue Mound Rd.

Oriental Theatre — The Oriental Theatre is one of Milwaukee’s most impressive operating movie palaces, an architectural and decorative gem that has provided entertainment to Milwaukee moviegoers for 87 years. Yet movies are only part of  the theatre’s history. Dubbed “the crown jewel” of the Saxe Brothers’ chain of 45 theatres, the Oriental opened July 2, 1927 with a program of live theatre pieces and vaudeville acts, as well as shorts and feature films. While vaudeville had become passé by the late ‘30s, the Oriental continued to present live stage events as a complement to movies, and found an alternative life in the ‘70s and ‘80s as Milwaukee’s premier indoor rock venue. Significantly, Parallax Theatres (now Landmark Theatres) acquired the Oriental in the late ‘70s, and featured a calendared series of classics and independent films. In 1984, this was transitioned into first-run art and foreign films; Landmark reigns as America’s largest art house circuit. The Oriental, it should be noted, is one of the few movie palaces to feature an Eastern Indian motif. 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.

Pabst Mansion — When Captain Frederick Pabst, Milwaukee’s famed beer baron, began construction of a new mansion for his family in 1890, he could not have anticipated that it would survive and thrive into the twenty-first century as a testament to America’s Gilded Age. After the Pabst descendants sold the house in 1908, it became the archbishop’s residence and the center of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee for more than sixty years. When it was sold in 1975, the mansion was nearly torn down to make way for a parking lot. After a three-year crusade for its preservation, it was spared demolition and went on to become an award-winning house museum. The Pabst Mansion will be hosting four guided tours exclusively for Doors Open Milwaukee visitors. Ticket: Required Time: Sat 10:30am and  1:30pm and Sun 11:30am and 1:30pm Duration: 1 hour Capacity: 20 Meet: Pabst Mansion, 2000 West Wisconsin Avenue

Palermo’s Pizza Factory Tour — Join us for a mini factory tour of Palermo Villa, Milwaukee’s hometown pizza manufacturer in the Menomonee Valley. Guests will tour the villa which was built in 2005 and resembles a 16th Century Tuscan Villa. Get a bird’s eye view of the production floor, where Palermo’s expert Pizzaiolos craft the pizza everyone loves. The tour will end in Pizzeria 3301, where guests have the opportunity to purchase pizza and other Italian delights at a discounted price. Ticket: Required Time: Sat 10am Duration: 30 minutes Capacity: 20 Meet: 3301 W. Canal Street

Revolution in Milwaukee — Join UWM history prof Aims McGuinness in Historic Turner Hall for an exploration of Milwaukee’s rich history of radical politics from 1848 to 1960. With a focus on the history of socialism in the city, we will read Turner Hall’s architecture, paintings, and stained glass windows for evidence of Milwaukee’s changing place in the history of revolution. Topics we will address include the American Revolution, the French Revolution, the Civil War, the struggle for an 8-Hour Day, the Socialist Party, and the administrations of Milwaukee’s three socialist mayors. Ticket: Required Time: Sat 11am Duration: 1.5 hours Capacity: 25 Meet: Entrance of Turner Hall, 1034 N. 4th Street

Sanford: From Corner Grocery to One of the Best Restaurants in America — Join Kyle Cherek, Host of Wisconsin Foodie/PBS, on a tour through Sanford, and illuminate the history of the building, the neighborhood, and the place that Sanford holds in the history of American cuisine upon it’s founding as an eponymous restaurant in 1989. Ticket: Required Time: Sat 1pm Duration: 30-40min Capacity: 12 Meet: Entrance of Sanford, 1547 N. Jackson Street

Six Points Walking Tour — Discover the vibrant historyof East North Avenue. What a convergence of the industrial,commercial, recreational, 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 wealthy neighbors, you’ll be surprised at Six Points’ 125 years of diversity. Ticket: Required Time: Sat 1pm and Sun 1pm Duration: 90 minutes Capacity: 35 Meet: At the west end of Beans & Barley parking lot, 1901 E. North Ave.

South Riverwalk Tour —  Join expert guide Frank Matusinec as he tours the Riverwalk from Water & Wisconsin to the swing bridge at 500 E. Erie Street. Learn about the river from its natural state, commercial use and abuse, its comeback as a recreational artery through the heart of the city, and about the neighborhoods it wanders through while strolling beside it. Ticket: Required Time: Sat 1pm and Sun 1pm Duration: 60 minutes Capacity: 25 Meet: Chase Tower, 111 East Wisconsin Avenue

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, NE corner of Water & St. Paul

Town of Lake Tour / Tippecanoe Walk — The Town of Lake Tour  / Tippecanoe Walk is where pioneers James Howard, Isaac Austin and Morgan Burdick had their farms. Led by Ron Winkler, writer of this neighborhood’s book titled Milwaukee’s Town of Lake, visit John Saveland’s real estate developments of Lincoln Park and Bunker Hill which feature a diverse housing stock on some of the largest lots in the city. Saveland’s home is next to Saveland Park, a remnant of his Lake Tippecanoe Amusement Park. Nearby, Tippecanoe Presbyterian Church is built on the foundation of John Saveland’s dance hall, which was built on the foundation of Isaac Austin’s barn. The old Lake Town Hall was located on Howell and Howard (site of the Tippecanoe Library). Ticket: Required Time: Sun 10am Duration: 2 miles (walk) Capacity: 25 Meet: Town of Lake Water Tower and Municipal Building, 4001 South 6th St.

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 the Leahey Riot, Lady Elgin Disaster, Newhall House Fire, the Third Ward Fire of 1892 and the Lynching of Marshall Clark. Ticket: Required Time: Sat 10:30am Duration: 90min Capacity: 25 Meet: 5th and St. Paul.

Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame Tour — Beginning at the birthplace of Major League Baseball’s American League, our tour will move to the historic plaques of the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame along Fourth Street between Kilbourn and State. We will explore the lives and careers of many of the amazing athletes with roots in the Badger State, who were born here or whose sports excellence occurred with a Wisconsin team. These men and women are among the legendary figures in baseball, football, basketball and other sports. Ticket: Required Time: Sat 10am Duration: 45 minutes Capacity: 30 Meet: on the northwest corner of Third Street and Kilbourn Avenue

Wisconsin Club Private Tour — While the Wisconsin Club (formerly the Deutscher Club) has been in existence since 1891, the Mansion where the Club presently resides began in 1848. Starting with one modest brick house owned by Alexander Mitchell, the house and area surrounding has been remodeled and expanded over time into what is now the beautiful Wisconsin Club. Both the Alexander Mitchell Mansion and the Club have a rich Milwaukee heritage, and have long been considered an architectural treasure. From the elaborately hand-carved mahogany woodwork to the 24 engraved lion heads on the Grand Staircase, from the Oriental Room with over 1,600 hand-carved pansies on the ceiling to the leather-covered walls of the Moorish Room, this exclusive interior tour of this private club is not to be missed. Ticket: Required Time: Sun 12pm and 2pm Duration: 45 minutes Capacity: 15  Meet: 900 W. Wisconsin Avenue