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.
Home of the Costantini’s furniture manufacturing company, La Lune Collection (also offering daily tours with Doors Open Milwaukee), a portion of the campus houses the Wayne & Kristine Lueders Florentine Opera Center (the administrative and production/rehearsal facility of the Florentine Opera Company since 2009/home of the @ The Center performance Series), which are supported, in part, by generous donations by Wayne & Kristine Lueders, along with substantial support from the Costantinis.
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 (Saturday from 1:30 till 3pm for Live rehearsals-no singers on Sunday), performance work (seating will be provided on Saturday), 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.)