Pfister Hotel

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. Guido passed away before seeing his dream come to life however, his son Charles completed the project in 1893 with costs of over $1M dollars and state of the art technology at the time of construction. The Pfister was the first “all electric” hotel in the city and one of the first in the world to have individually controlled thermostats for guestrooms.

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 Chef Concierge and hotel historian Peter Mortensen will share a brief history of The Pfister Hotel. Subject to availability, you are invited to explore the mezzanine level of this grand hotel. Complimentary parking will be extended to those Doors Open guests who make a purchase in our Well Spa, Cafe Pfister or attend our Sunday Brunch.


Sunday visitors should gather in the Pop Up Gallery on Wisconsin Ave inside the Pfister.

Building Info :

424 E. Wisconsin Avenue
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
1:45 p.m.
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Last presentation begins at 1:00
Henry Koch 1893
First/main floor and mezzanine only is handicapped accessible