Saturday, September 19th and Sunday, September 20th, 2015      10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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 19th and 20th, 2015. 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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5th District School (Garfield School)

  • Address: 8405 W. National Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m.

This 1887 cream city brick schoolhouse in then Greenfield township, was erected on the site of the first brick Honey Creek School (1855). Bell tower was reconstructed in 1973. This school combined both grade and high school. This building became part of the West Allis school system in 1902 and was used as a grade school until 1923. Walk through our unique collection of historic artifacts, many set into dioramas including, a 1900's dental office, a tool room, a pioneer room, a general store and blacksmith shop. Visitors can "ring the school bell", operate a player piano, and vote on an early 1940's voting machine. The Museum has an extensive doll collection and room dedicated to the industry that once defined the area. A research library is located in the lower level. Learn More...

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600 East Wisconsin Building

  • Address: 600 E. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m.

Built in 1913 by architects Schnetzky & Sons for the Milwaukee Gas Light Company, 600 EAST Wisconsin was renovated by its current owner, Dan Nelson, Jr., to house his marketing agency, Nelson Schmidt Inc., on the second and third floors (2006) and to reintroduce retail at street level to the east end of Wisconsin Avenue with the 600 EAST Café & Business Center (2014). Visitors are welcomed to visit the new 600 EAST Café & Business Center and examine the exposed architectural features in one of the few 3-story buildings on E. Wisconsin Avenue remaining from the early-1900s. All while enjoying a cup of coffee, breakfast or lunch and perusing several historical large-format photographs of the building and Milwaukee’s Central Business District. Exquisitely restored “Chicago Pink” brick, massive steel beam superstructure, and old-growth forest wooden floor joists create an inviting environment for Doors Open visitors to take a look at Milwaukee’s past and present. Learn More...

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88Nine Radio Milwaukee

  • Address: 220 E. Pittsburgh Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m. -5 p.m. and Sunday NOT OPEN

Originally built in 1952 as a manufacturing building for J.C. Busch Co., 88Nine Radio Milwaukee’s home features a 2,500 Sf green roof, new studios, recording studios, a 100-seat performance studio and much more. We champion Milwaukee—our music, arts and culture, neighborhoods and community organizations; celebrate diversity, and encourage community engagement—while promoting a positive global identity for Milwaukee. 88Nine Radio Milwaukee plays a distinctive blend of rock and urban music, and spins at least one track by a Milwaukee artist every hour. Visitors will be treated to a “behind the scenes” tour of 88Nine Radio Milwaukee’s new home in the Walkers Point neighborhood of Milwaukee. Enjoy a tour of our green roof, recording studios and Studio Milwaukee performance space. Learn More...

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AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin

  • Address: 820 N. Plankinton Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m.

In honor of its 30th anniversary, the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin invites you to see its headquarter facility, home to the ARCW Medical Center – one of the top-performing HIV health care systems in the country. Through its integrated medical, dental and mental health clinics, its pharmacy and dedicated social services (food pantries, a legal program, and social work case management), more than 3,300 HIV patients in Wisconsin gain the health care and social services they need to post some of the best HIV health care outcomes in America today. Learn More...

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All Peoples Gathering Lutheran Church

  • Address: 2600 N. 2nd Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m.

The church's magnificent stained glass windows and other architectural delights provide the physical framework for a diverse mix of educational, ecological and social justice outreaches. There is a garden/green house/water reclamation project imbedded in youth oriented programs. A life size Salvadoran cross reflects the commitment to a world view of social justice issues. A partnership with St. Vincent de Paul resulted in a major kitchen renovation to be completed this year which will serve dinner to 200+ people every week day. Learn More...

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All Saints’ Cathedral

  • Address: 818 E. Juneau Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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. Take time at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel or the Lady Chapel to seek a few minutes of spiritual sanctuary in the church. A self-guided walking tour and docents will be available to answer questions. Learn More...

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Ambassador Hotel

  • Address: 2308 W. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Built in 1928, The Ambassador Hotel has stood as a Milwaukee Icon for many years. The art deco style and structure has been meticulously restored. Boasting some of the best rooms, for the best value, and superior customer service, The Ambassador Hotel is the premier place to stay in Milwaukee. Learn about the building’s restoration process, and see architectural photo galleries from over the years. Learn More...

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Arts @ Large

  • Address: 908 S. 5th Street
  • Hours: Saturday 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Last admittance 12:30 p.m. and Sunday NOT OPEN

Experience one of Milwaukee's hidden gems housed in a beautiful 1899 building in the Walker's Point neighborhood. Arts At Large Inc. has engaged K-12 students in experiential learning that inspires knowledge and transforms education. Their nationally-recognized nonprofit and youth arts exhibit program uses the arts to cultivate vibrant, inclusive, innovative school communities where students excel and grow. Visitors will experience self-guided tours through the student-produced art gallery. "Civil Rights & Baseball" will be the exhibit on display during Doors Open Milwaukee. Celebrate America’s pastime through an exhibit exploring the history of civil rights and baseball. From Dennis Biddle's traveling memorabilia collection “Yesterday’s Negro League” to items from the personal collection of All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Player Joyce Westerman, this unique exhibit will offer visitors a behind-the-scenes view into the creative works of Milwaukee Public School students. Learn More...

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  • Address: 600 N. Plankinton Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-5p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m. and Sunday NOT OPEN

Curious about what’s in the former Gimbels building? Housed in what used to be the famous Gimbels Department Store (and later Marshall Field’s), the ASQ Center is the global headquarters of ASQ and home to many businesses. ASQ staff will take guests on a 20-minute tour of ASQ, pointing out many unique features and telling the story of this historic building’s transition from department store to a modern office building. Learn More...

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Atwater Elementary School

  • Address: 2100 E. Capitol Drive - Parking Lot on Murray, Shorewood
  • Hours: Saturday 12noon - 2p.m. and Sunday NOT OPEN

Atwater School will be open to the public for the first time in 100 years by participating for its first time in Doors Open. Come take a special look inside. Early student drawings and paintings were discovered, as were early tools for coal management in the original boiler. Architecture includes original woodwork from the 1915 building. A mural painted as part of the Works Projects Administration (WPA), dating back to the New Deal period of the 1930s, will be on display in Room #111. Twenty-minute tours will be offered upon arrival from 12noon to 1:30 p.m. More information about the 100th Anniversary is online here: http://tinyurl.com/atwater100 Learn More...

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Avalon Theater

  • Address: 2469 S. Kinnickinnic Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Milwaukee’s only Atmospheric movie theater replicates an outdoor Mediterranean villa, complete with hundreds of twinkling stars above. This 1929 theater has been completely restored to include modern amenities like large leather seats, full food and beverage service in the auditoriums, and a full bar and lounge. What is an Atmospheric theater anyway? Find out during a guided tour. We will talk about the theaters past, present and future. Get to the Avalon early; we have movies to show! It is the weekend after all. Tours available: 10am to 1:30pm. Learn More...

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Bank of Milwaukee Building

  • Address: 210 E. Michigan Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m. and Sunday NOT OPEN

The Bank of Milwaukee building is the oldest commercial building on the only block of extant nineteenth century architecture in the city. Construction began in 1856 and resumed after the Civil War. Actually two buildings were joined together in 1903. To the west is the State Bank of Wisconsin Building and to the east, the Bank of Milwaukee. Like the Iron Block Building, 210 is done in the "Italian Renaissance Revival Style." Over the years the building has housed an insurance company, a bank's credit card department, an architectural firm and, since 2002, has been owned and occupied by Grand Avenue Club (GAC), a non-profit organization that focuses on employment. Visitors will see the structural features of an architectural gem, including original marble fireplaces and floor safes that were manufactured in the 1850's and used to store piles of cash. In addition, visitors will see how respectful renovations can serve a twenty first century need. The building is the home of Grand Avenue Club (GAC), a successful community of recovery and an employment center for hundreds of Milwaukeeans. Knowledgeable GAC members will offer tours featuring the fascinating history of this treasure. Our art gallery on the fourth floor will be exhibiting art by the members and staff of GAC. Learn More...

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Basilica of St. Josaphat

  • Address: 601 W. Lincoln Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday will have limited access throughout the day and Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

The Basilica stands alone. The year was 1896. Polish immigrants were pouring into the Southside of Milwaukee. Parishioners numbered more than 12,000. Rev. Wilhelm Grutza had a vision – build a grand church, one the community would be proud of, would honor the Polish heritage and be a destination by people from around the world. Visitors to the Basilica will experience inspiration beyond their imaginations. A chance to step back to a time and learn how the energy and passion of our founding brothers and sisters erected an “ignored wonder of the world.” Docents will tell the captivating story of faith, sacrifice and triumph that is the Basilica’s history. Learn More...

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Bay View Printing Company

  • Address: 2702 S. Howell Avenue, Bay View
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m-5 p.m.

Bay View Printing Co is a nearly century old print shop located in the Bay View neighborhood of Milwaukee in a converted church building. Walking in the front door is like walking backward in time. The rooms are filled with equipment that other printing companies scrapped decades ago. For the past 98 years the shop has been run as a commercial print shop, but new owner Ashley Town is transforming the space into a creative hub for the community. She offers workshops, classes and open studio time in an effort to spread the knowledge and love of a centuries old art form. Visitors will be given a guided tour of the building with stops to explain the workings of both offset and letterpress presses as well as the linotype machine. One can also expect a quick, hands on lesson in typography - with visitors encouraged to handle the physical type specimens themselves. The tour will conclude in our community gallery space where visitors can look at the work local folks are making in the workshops and classes and learn how to sign up themselves. Learn More...

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Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery

  • Address: 901 W. Juneau Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Last admittance 2:45 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

"Easy!" That's the password if you want the Doors-to-Open to the newest addition to the aptly named---Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery. The Prohibition Era "SpeakEasy" is discreetly available. The former "Infirmary/Hospital" at Pabst might be raided by the Feds, but you can hide in 1880 Vaults and Tunnels bringing you back to 1919-1933. There is no address; no signage, other than the disguised "J.C. Haertel Real Estate & Financial Consulting" on the door's upper window. A discrete, red, jelly jar light is "On" if the SpeakEasy is open again for business...if you know the password! Say, "Easy," friend, and enter. Special Guided Tour every hour on the hour! Learn More...

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  • Address: 1001 N. 4th Street — Potawatomi Gate
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m. and Sunday NOT OPEN

One of the city’s TOP FAVORITE stops on the Doors Open tour! Get the ‘back of house,’ behind the scenes tour of the Milwaukee Bucks team locker room, building operations, Premium Suite, Club and Theater Box spaces. Visit the Star dressing rooms and view performer memorabilia. Learn how hockey ice is made and climb aboard the Zamboni! Bring your camera – there are photo opps around every corner! Learn More...

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Brenner Brewing Company

  • Address: 706 S. 5th Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Last admittance 10:30 p.m. and Sunday NOT OPEN

This all cinderblock building was built in 1979. After major renovations, it reopened in July of 2014 as the Brenner Brewing Company. Site features a full brewery and tasting room. Be sure to check out The Pitch Project, our adjacent art gallery and 22 artist studios. Brenner Brewing will be offering quick walkthroughs of the brewery at 11:45, 12:45, 1:45, 2:45, 3:45, 4:45, 5:45,6:45, & 7:45. We'll have the street closed down in front of the building for a unique beer garden experience featuring art vendors, food, and live music. Learn More...

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Brewhouse Inn & Suites

  • Address: 1215 N. 10th Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m-1 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

First operational as Pabst Brewery's brewhouse in 1882, this stunning repurpose into the all-suite, extended stay Brewhouse Inn and Suites which opened in April, 2013, is an artful blend of mixed metals, soaring ceilings, giant copper brewing kettles, original columns and beams, lots of natural light steeped by reminders of its historic past wrapped in 21st century design and amenities. Guests will see the second floor, the original Pabst Brewing floor which is now The Kettle Atrium and may glimpse at a guest room. Learn More...

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Bridging the Gap Golf FAMILY PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 1600 W. State Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

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. With a mission to educate, inspire and equip underserved youth and adults with the necessary tools and resources to develop and maintain successful futures and strong, productive communities to achieve success beyond the athletic arena. BTG started with a partnership, alongside the Wisconsin Amateur Sports Corporation, to facilitate the participation of over 2,400 inner-city youth in the Badger State Games — an annual summer and winter Olympic-style sports festival event that raises contributions for college bound participants. Bridging the Gap Golf Learning Center 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 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 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 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sunday 10 a. m.-5 p.m.

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. This classic cream city building was gutted by fire in 1988 and meticulously restored from 1992-1995. Admire the first floor for not only the impressive bar, but also for the antique light fixtures, tile floor (which was laid specifically for Buck Bradley’s) and reconstructed cream city walls. 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 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Calvary Cemetery Chapel crowns the highest point in the cemetery and replaced a wooden cross that had stood on the summit for over 40 years. Designed by Erhard Brielmaier in 1899, this Cream City brick, Romanesque chapel was intended for services, prayer, private contemplation, and also as a mausoleum for clergy. Later used for storage and facing demolition, the Friends of Calvary Cemetery was formed to restore the building. Visitors will experience a spectacular view, the chapel’s exterior, and may browse the upper chapel and lower mausoleum. A work in progress, the chapel will provide a first hand glimpse at the challenges facing dedicated preservationists. For a more in-depth experience, a guided tour will be offered on each day of Doors Open. Learn More...

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Calvary Presbyterian Church

  • Address: 935 W. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 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 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m.

This Cardinal Stritch University location is Building #14 of the Pabst Brewery Redevelopment in downtown Milwaukee adjacent to I-43. Known as City Center, this 24,000 square foot facility once served as a laboratory for Pabst. Opening in 2000, it established a major presence for Stritch in the heart of Milwaukee’s urban environment. Upon entering the building, visitors will find three floors of state-of-the-art classrooms and offices which serve as home to classes in our College of Education and Leadership as well as the College of Business and Management. Visitors will experience state-of-the-art classrooms for adult learners, which includes smart technology learning environments on all three floors, within contemporary interior design that also honors the history of the building. Having the opportunity to meet and talk with some of finest faculty and leaders in Wisconsin will be a memorable experience for all. Learn More...

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Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist

  • Address: 812 N. Jackson Street
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 12noon-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m.

Welcome, the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist has been the seat of the Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee for more than 165 years. The building of the Cathedral began in 1847 combining Roman and Grecian architecture. The cream city brick structure was gutted by fire in 1935 and an expanded and restored Cathedral was rebuilt in time for the Centennial of the Archdiocese in 1943. A more recent renovation of the Cathedral was completed in 2001 that included the revitalization of the entire Cathedral block. Visitors to the Cathedral will experience the beauty and serenity of a truly sacred space. The interior and prayer garden are open for guided and self-guided tours as well as prayer, contemplation and respite. Guides will be present to greet visitors and share information about the Cathedral's art work, history and purpose. Learn More...

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Central Library

  • Address: 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue (accessible entry at 813 W. Wells Street)
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:15 p.m. and Sunday NOT OPEN

The Milwaukee Public Library’s Central Library opened in 1898 as a shared space with the Milwaukee Public Museum. The architectural firm of Ferry and Clas won the design competition and built a Neo-Renaissance style U-shaped building. The exterior of the building is Bedford limestone. Much of the intricate outside carving was done by craftsmen standing on scaffolding. Interior materials include mahogany and oak hardwoods, brass, Sienna marble, plaster, stucco, tesserae tile and scagliola. The most recent addition to the building was completed in 1957 and added two stories above and four levels below ground. The most recent added feature to the building’s exterior is a green roof with solar panels. Visitors to the Central Library may take a variety of ten minute tours of areas normally unavailable to the public. Tours will be provided every quarter hour for the rotunda Dome, the Old Board Room, the third basement below grade (including the Drive-up Window) and the automated book handling process. Tours will be provided every half hour for the 4th floor offices and workrooms that formerly served the Museum and the Green Roof. In addition, self-guided tours will be available for the Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room, the Oriental Room, and the Children’s Room. The Dome tour is not handicapped accessible, all others are fully accessible. Learn More...

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Charles Allis Art Museum

  • Address: 1801 N. Prospect Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m.

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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Christ King Catholic Parish

  • Address: 2604 N. Swan Boulevard
  • Hours: Saturday Tours 10 a.m.-4.p.m. (Mass at 4:30 p.m.) and Sunday Tours 12noon-5 p.m. (Mass at 10:30 a.m.)

Designed by Brust & Brust Architects and constructed between March, 1955-December, 1956, the 1,000 seat church was the last building on the one block campus of Christ King. The church has a Colonial/Georgian style and boasts a dignified simplicity in which function and form have been well thought out for sacred worship. The church structure includes both an extensive tunnel system as well as a structure above the church that can be visited. Visitors will access not only the main church and surrounding buildings but also visit the extensive tunnel system and structure above the church, which is accessed by stairs. Learn More...

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Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear

  • Address: 839 N. 11th Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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...

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City of Milwaukee / Waukesha County Materials Recovery Facility FAMILY PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 1401 W. Mount Vernon Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sunday NOT OPEN

The City of Milwaukee's recycling facility underwent a major retrofit in 2014/15 through an intergovernmental partnership with Waukesha County. It is now a regional single-stream Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) featuring state-of-the-art processing equipment. The MRF is designed to process 60,000 tons per year of recyclables on a one-shift operation. Visitors can take a self-directed tour at their own pace to explore the building and equipment. While the system will not be operating, visitors can get an up close look and learn all about the MRF through volunteers that will be staffed throughout the facility to provide interpretation. See the tip floor, the pre-sort cabins, the discs, screens, balers, optical sort machines, sorter platforms, and finished bales ready for shipment to secondary processors and to consuming industries such as paper mills. Visitors must wear closed-toe shoes to be allowed entry. Learn More...

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City of Milwaukee Health Department Southside Health Center

  • Address: 1639 S. 23rd Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.­3 p.m. and Sunday NOT OPEN

Southside Health Center was formerly known as the Southview Isolation Hospital and later known as the Southview Municipal Hospital. Built in 1912, it was designed by Municipal Engineer Charles Malig. Children and adults, requiring quarantine and care for diseases such as Tuberculosis and Polio, were provided treatment and care including fresh air and rest. Today, the City of Milwaukee Health Department Southside Health Center is no longer a hospital but rather a place where Milwaukee residents can receive a wide variety of preventive health screenings and services. Visitors to the City of Milwaukee Health Department Southside Health Center will be able to see a well­maintained 100 year­ old building that continues to serve the public health of Milwaukee. With many original fixtures, doors, and floorings, you will see a mingling of new technology yet maintaining of historical integrity. Visitors will be able to visit the first floor that has the remaining structure of a patient ward room and clinic space. Part of the basement will be open that includes the incinerator and maybe a historical visitor. Learn More...

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CityCenter at 735

  • Address: 735 N. Water Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 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 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4 p.m.

Clock Shadow Building, 130 W. Bruce Street, a ground-breaking, sustainable building, opened in 2012, capturing local, regional and national attention and awards for its design, sustainable technologies, quadruple bottom line approach, community-focused tenants and Wisconsin’s first urban cheese maker. Fix Development, a company with the philosophy that real estate development should reach beyond financial returns to positively impact the community and the environment, created the project, partnering with Continuum Architects + Planners and C.G. Schmidt Construction to design and construct a building that set a community standard for green development. Visitors may engage in a self-guided tour via building signage that highlights how a former brownfield became a community catalyst for development. They will see and experience the many features that set this building apart such as 50% salvaged material utilized in its construction; the United States’ first regenerative-energy elevator; Milwaukee’s first commercial application of rainwater harvesting; designs that enable it to consume 50% less energy and 60% less water; art and architectural features by local artist; and a rooftop garden with 360 degree city views. Learn More...

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Colby Abbot Building

  • Address: 759 N. Milwaukee St
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Last admittance 1:45 p.m. 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 five-story structure was, and continues to be, a magnificent addition to Milwaukee’s skyline. The sixth story was added at the turn of the century, to meet the need for commercial office space in Milwaukee’s growing economy. 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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Concordia Gardens

  • Address: 220 E. Concordia Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 4 p.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday NOT OPEN

Concordia Gardens is a 1.5 acre plot of formerly vacant land in Milwaukee’s Harambee neighborhood. Currently home to 35 community garden plots, a small production farm, multiple berry patches, and an urban orchard; the Gardens have transformed from a blighted patch to a beautiful community-serving space over the past four years. Harambee is a community with the highest rate of diabetes in the city, possibly in the state, and has low access to healthy fresh foods. In Concordia Gardens we ramp up production of nutritious food and find creative ways to distribute the produce to our neighbors. Join us on Saturday for delicious food, live music, activities for kids and adults alike, community art, food demonstrations and more! This will be a day of family-friendly fun, all to celebrate Concordia Gardens’ great growth and sow the seeds of a better future for our community. Learn More...

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Cream City Clay

  • Address: 7105 W. Greenfield Avenue, West Allis
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cream City Clay, Inc. Pottery School and Studio is located in the heart of downtown West Allis on the corner of 71st Street and Greenfield Avenue, one block from Allis Chalmers. Located within a beautiful red brick building constructed in 1904, it was originally built with cream city bricks and used for retail. This wide open space is now home to aspiring artists, seasoned potters and local art teachers. Learn more about the history of clay in Milwaukee and how it became known as the Cream City as you tour Cream City Clay, Inc. On Saturday — view an ongoing class in session 10am - Noon. Then Noon to 5pm professional potters will be working on the wheel. On Sunday, free of charge — create rosettes, tiles of flowers inspired by Milwaukee's copious terracotta buildings and bring the past into your hands. Tiles are hand-pressed from plaster molds. Demonstrations are from expert terracotta historian Ben Tyjeski. Rosette tiles will be installed locally for everyone to admire. Two rosettes will be donated to a silent auction to raise money for charity. Learn More...

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Cream City Real Estate Co. (formerly St. Francis State Bank)

  • Address: 3474 S Pennsylvania Avenue (on the corner of Kinnickinnic and Morgan Avenue)
  • Hours: Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

By renowned architect Peter Brust of the firm Brust & Phillipp, designer of hundreds of residential, commercial and ecclesiastical buildings, and developer of Milwaukee's building code. Constructed in 1923 for St. Francis State Bank, which closed during the Great Depression. By 1934 it was used by Beyer Printing; in 1943 it became a Knights of Pythias Lodge; in the 1960s-70s a Polish Legion Hall; afterwards a meeting place for the Ace Homing Pigeon Club. Renovation plan by Wikwood Associates. Currently home of The Cream City Real Estate Co. The building has been renovated to reflect the building's first use as a bank of the 1920's. On display are many mementos of Bay View history as well as objects produced in Milwaukee and bearing the name of the Cream City. Learn More...

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David Barnett Gallery

  • Address: 1024 E. State Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The preeminent Italianate architect in Milwaukee, Edward Townsend Mix, designed this wonderful Cream City Brick house for Dr. Henry Harrison Button in 1875. Housed in one of the city's finest Victorian Italianate homes from 1875, the David 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. Learn More...

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Educators Credit Union

  • Address: 2243 N. Prospect Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 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. The garden was designed to help absorb pollution and noise from the busy neighborhood. Learn More...

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Energy Innovation Center (Century City Tower)

  • Address: 4201 N. 27th Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Last admittance 2 p.m. 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. When Cutler-Hammer became part of the Eaton Corporation in 1978, it solidified the building’s legacy as a major manufacturer in the 30th Street Industrial Corridor. Century City Tower is now home to the Northwest Side Community Development Corporation, the Midwest Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC), MAXIMUS and others. Century City Tower represents the manufacturing tradition of Milwaukee’s past while looking ahead to the high-technology, community-oriented future of the 30th Street Corridor. The Energy Innovation Center will house corporate and academic research labs, offices for new business start-ups, and prototyping / lab spaces where the latest technology innovations in the Energy, Power, and Controls industries will be developed. Come see this "behind the scenes" tour before the Energy Innovation Center has an official Grand Opening in 2016. Learn More...

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Eschweilers / Echelon at Innovation Campus

  • Address: 9810 Echelon Lane, Wauwatosa
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Echelon at Innovation Campus, developed by the Mandel Group and designed in partnership with HGA, is the newest apartment community available in Wauwatosa. First occupancy is anticipated for mid-September, with additional apartments being constructed and becoming available through the fall months. Built on the historic Eschweiler grounds, the look of the six newly constructed apartment […] Learn More...

Falcon Bowl — LATE ADDITION!

  • Address: 801 E. Clarke Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Home to Nest 725 of the Polish Falcons, a 125-year-old fraternal organization with the mission to promote physical fitness within the Polish community, while providing meaningful support for the wellbeing and welfare of Polish-American families, there is no better way to accomplish that mission in Milwaukee than with bowling. Falcon Bowl has six wood lanes — some of the oldest sanctioned lanes in the nation — in the basement dating back to 1913, and the building that houses them is even older. Visitors will also be able to check out the vintage bar and the old-fashioned dance hall as well. It doesn't get more Milwaukee than this. Learn More...

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  • Address: 517 E. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:15 p.m. and Sunday NOT OPEN

The Federal Courthouse is an outstanding example of Richardson Romanesque Revival architecture. Constructed in the 1890s,a major renovation in the 1990s highlights elemenis of the architectural style. Learn about this Milwaukee gem and the role of the federal courts in our society. Tours start in the atrium and exhibit hall every twenty minutes. Thereafter, visitors may take a docent guided tour of the ceremonial and centennial courtrooms which will last 40 minutes. Family passport activities include brief introductions to the building, optional "historical" scavenger hunt and family tours of a courtroom at 10:30, 12:30 and 2:30. Meet at the "Family" table for these tours. Visitors must go through security--no weapons (including pocket knives) food or drink please. Please note it may take 20 minutes to get through security. Learn More...

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First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee

  • Address: 1342 N. Astor Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Last admittance 1:45 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Last admittance 3:45 p.m.

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 church parlor and, on Sunday only, the Leenhouts Common Room, which displays new, local art on a monthly basis. This is a church not built as a Christian church, but in a very particular style. It is one of the oldest churches in the city. Docents will be on hand to give information. Learn More...

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Florentine Opera Center

  • Address: 926 E. Burleigh Street
  • Hours: Saturday 9:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. and Sunday NOT OPEN

The Wayne & Kristine Lueders Florentine Opera Center is housed in original Cream City brick buildings constructed in the early 1900′s by H. Schmidt & Sons. Mario & Cathy Costantini proprietors of La Lune Collection purchased the buildings in 1986, renovating the original buildings and constructing additional outbuildings on the property. In 2009 the West Warehouse was dedicated as the Wayne & Kristine Lueders Florentine Opera Center, housing the production center, wig, makeup and costume shop and rehearsal studios. In 2012, the administrative offices were constructed in the east building on the Garden Level directly below the La Lune offices. In 2013, through the generous support of donors including Kate & Don Wilson and the Costantinis, Casa di Opera was created to house the Florentine Opera Studio Artists (a quartet of performers joining the Florentine each season.)Participants will be welcomed at the Barn Door/Alley entrance and given a brief tour and overview of the Lueders Opera Center, followed by a tour of La Lune Collection’s administrative and factory facilities. The Florentine Opera Center's entrance is immediately west of La Lune. Learn More...

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Forest County Potawatomi’s Wgema Campus

  • Address: 900 N. 33rd Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. and Sunday 12noon-2 p.m. Last admittance 1:30 p.m.

Concordia College, founded in 1881, was located on Milwaukee's Near West Side between 31st and 33rd Streets and State Street to Highland Boulevard until 1983, when the school relocated to Mequon. In 1990, the Forest County Potawatomi took the 11-acre campus into trust and leased the buildings to the Indian Community School until 2010. At that point, the Tribe began an ambitious, $90 million redevelopment effort of the campus and surrounding neighborhood. The Wgema (meaning Chief) Campus is currently home to the Potawatomi Business Development Corporation, Greenfire Management Services, Forest County Potawatomi Foundation, Spotted Eagle, Inc., Milwaukee Police Department, Woodlands East (an independent charter school) and SelectMilwaukee, among others. Renovations are planned for 4 historic campus buildings over the next 5 years - the oldest of which dates back to 1900. Learn More...

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Forest Home Cemetery

  • Address: 2405 W. Forest Home Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Last admittance 3:30 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Last admittance 2:30 p.m.

Our 1892 Landmark Chapel was 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. In 1896 the Crematory in the lower level of the chapel was the first in Wisconsin. Historic 1909 offices, also of Lake Superior sandstone include two document vaults that will be open. 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 American System-Built Homes Model B1

  • Address: 2714 W. Burnham Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m.

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. Tours of the American System-Built Homes Model B1 will provide the opportunity of learning about the history of the W. Burnham Street neighborhood at the time of construction, dialogue about space-saving homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright that would be affordable to every American and docent-lead tours of the interior spaces of the Model B1 to experience his architectural principles. Learn More...

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General Mitchell International Airport / Mitchell Gallery of Flight

  • Address: 5300 S. Howell Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m.

Named in honor of Milwaukee-native General William "Billy" Mitchell, the namesake of Milwaukee's airport, the Mitchell Gallery of Flight is a 1,400 square foot museum opened in March, 1988 and located on the north concession level of General Mitchell International Airport, near the entrance to the C concourse. The Mitchell Gallery exhibits both permanent and periodically changing displays covering local aviation personalities and aerospace history, with an emphasis on southeast Wisconsin. The Gallery features a collection of artifacts detailing General Mitchell's history as the father of the United States Air Force. Visitors will not only be able to view the museum, which is open daily to the public, but also the adjacent rooms that contain additional exhibits and artifacts related to Medal of Honor recipient Capt. Lance Sijan and astronaut Capt. James A. Lovell, USN. Additionally, selected items from the Mitchell Gallery’s archives will be displayed. Park in the Hourly section of the parking garage, and take the skywalk into the concession mall. The museum is located pre-security between Concourses C and D. Learn More...

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George Watts Building

  • Address: 761 N. Jefferson Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m. and Sunday NOT OPEN

George Watts and Son Inc. and the Watts Tea Shop have been family-owned and operated for over 145 years. 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. The building will be showcasing the businesses of all four occupants — George Watts & Son Inc., The Watts Tea Shop, Zita Bridal Salon, Walny Legal Group, Delind Fine Art Appraisals and Kesslers Diamonds (grand opening on Oct. 1st) — through self-guided tours. Learn More...

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Global Water Center

  • Address: 247 W. Freshwater Way
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and 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 self-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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Glorious Malone’s Fine Sausage

  • Address: 300 W. Walnut Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday NOT OPEN

For almost 40 years, Malone’s has produced a signature specialty meat in Milwaukee called head cheese – also known as souse, sultz, or hog’s head cheese. Over the years, Malone’s headcheese recipe has become widely recognized by both connoisseurs and casual consumers as the category’s gold standard. Originally started by husband-and-wife team George and Glorious Malone, the store offered basic provisions, household items, penny candy and deli meats. Malone’s headcheese recipe became a popular specialty item in the late 60s when the couple went from sharing the treat during the holidays with friends and family to meeting customer orders. Her family business from a neighborhood corner store to a specialty meat distributor has now gains international reach. Join Daphne Jones, Glorious Malone’s daughter and now President and CEO of Malone’s Fine Sausage, as she takes you on a tour of the rich family history, as well as through the plant itself for the first time during Doors Open Milwaukee. Learn More...

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Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

  • Address: 1209 N. Broadway
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sunday 12noon-5 p.m.

Step back in time at Grace Lutheran Church! 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 fascinating stories about the history of the church while organists entertain. The founding church of the Wisconsin Synod, Grace was formed in 1849, and was the church home for a number of notable old Milwaukeeans including George Brumder, Ernst von Briesen, Julius Andrae, and others. The “modern” German Gothic style structure was built in 1901, designed by Armand Koch, son of famed Milwaukee architect Henry Koch. Crafted in Minnesota red brick with a terra cotta entrance and terra cotta trim around the building, the church is filled with original woodwork, a renovated Schlicker pipe organ, and beautifully restored art glass windows. Don’t forget to visit the Grace Center next door to view the complementary architecture. Learn More...

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Great Lakes Distillery

  • Address: 616 W. Virginia Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a. m.-5 p.m.

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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Hales Corners Pool House

  • Address: 5675 S. New Berlin Road, Hales Corners
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

In 1968, a Swimming Pool and Bath House was constructed near the south end of Hales Corners County Park, courtesy of the Milwaukee County Parks Commission. After many years of service, routine upkeep was becoming expensive, and there were plans to demolish both the swimming pool and bath house. Fortunately, a group was formed in 2002 to keep the pool open and provide for its maintenance. Known as the Friends of Hales Corners Park and Pool, its fundraising efforts and donated services have kept this facility open to ever-increasing use. The Bath House has extensive murals painted in the 1930s by Thorsten Lindberg (1878-1950), and later installed in its main gathering area. Lindberg was born in Stockholm and studied art there before immigrating to the USA in 1901. After working in Illinois, Minnesota, and Nebraska, he came to Milwaukee where he worked for the WPA as an artist and supervisor. He is best known for his murals depicting Milwaukee’s history and its founding fathers. They can still be viewed in what is known today as the Milwaukee Theatre. Learn More...

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Hales Corners Veterans Memorial Building

  • Address: 116th and S. New Berlin Road, Hales Corners
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday NOT OPEN

Set in a 50-foot square plaza, the Memorial features five pillars, each nine feet high at the base and nine inches wide at the top, representing the five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy. The Memorial welcomes everyone who wishes to show respect for our military veterans. Visitors will note that the Memorial’s pillars form a five-pointed star surrounding a lighted American flag, raised on its own pentagon-shaped plinth. Brickwork encircling the plinth is inscribed with the names of families, individuals, and groups in dedication to veterans for their military service. Leading outward from the star are five paths that take visitors to other areas of the park. Learn More...

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Havenwoods Environmental Awareness Center FAMILY PASSPORT SITE

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

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 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 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. Learn More...

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Hilton Milwaukee City Center

  • Address: 509 W. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 12noon- 4 p.m.

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. There will be two guided tours (approx. 45 min each) on Saturday at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. and three guided tours on Sunday at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. 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 Brewers Hill

  • Address: 2215 N. Palmer Street (St. Marcus Lutheran Church)
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Historic Brewers Hill neighborhood, located just north of downtown Milwaukee on bluffs overlooking the Milwaukee River valley, is one of only two residential areas remaining from the City’s settlement period in the 1840s and 1850s. It contains a rich architectural mix of Greek Revival, Italianate, Stick-style, Queen Anne, and Colonial Revival buildings dating from the 1850s to the 1920s. Buildings range from single family homes and duplexes to apartment houses, small storefronts to churches, modest frame cottages to brick mansions. In 1875, St. Marcus Lutheran Church founded their congregation in Historic Brewers Hill, with the original church and school building constructed at the corner of Palmer and Garfield. The current school, constructed in 1884, is a cream city brick building designed by locally famed architect Henry Messmer. The red brick church, built in 1913, was designed by Leiser and Holst in the English Gothic style. St. Marcus will provide guided tours of their facility, with visitors experiencing gospel music concerts, pipe organ recitals, an art gallery, and a presentation by local historian, John Gurda. St. Marcus will also serve as the “gateway” for distributing brochures for a self-guided walking tour of the surrounding Historic Brewers Hill neighborhood. The brochure tour will highlight a variety of architecture and housing types, including a storefront home, European inspired townhouse, new construction houses, and Engine Company 21. Learn More...

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Historic Lofts on Kilbourn

  • Address: 2200 W. Kilbourn Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday NOT OPEN

Historic Lofts on Kilbourn is the adaptive reuse of the former Sinai Hospital near downtown Milwaukee. The development consists of the original hospital constructed circa 1863 with several additions and renovations dating from the World War I period to the 1970s. Milwaukee Hospital took nearly 75 years to complete and became a source of pride […] Learn More...

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Hotel Metro

  • Address: 411 E. Mason Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Zen on 7 (rooftop area) will not be accessible on Saturday due to a private event.

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. Visitors during Doors Open Milwaukee will be able to take a brief tour of the hotel's lobby and event spaces with historic anecdotes. 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 178th 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. Join the congregation for morning worship at 10am, stay for coffee and conversation in the lovely church parlor, and hear about their wonderful recent renovation. Learn More...

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Irish Cultural and Heritage Center/Grand Avenue Congregational Church

  • Address: 2133 W. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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. The church space houses a 1910 Kimball pipe organ. In 1910 an addition was built to provide office, meeting, and recreation space. The building became the home of the ICHC on Dec. 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. Tours will be provided by ICHC guides. Both libraries will be open. A genealogist will be present all day both days. The Kimball pipe organ will be played all day both days. Learn More...

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Iron Horse Hotel

  • Address: 500 W. Florida Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Our name reflects the duality of our unique location. Native Americans referred to the train as the “iron horse" as it sped throughout the prairies. Today the hotel is nestled along a historic and active railroad. Today pop culture refers to the motorcycle as the modern horse. Guestrooms have custom hooks to bard the Iron Horse Icon and hold up to 80 lbs. Zebra printed carpets recall the motif made popular by Teddy Roosevelt, who was in his second term the year the building was built. Guest rooms feature murals by Milwaukee artist Charles Dwyer. Sculptures above the beds are poured freeform works by local artist Amber Van Galder using 40 lbs of recycled aluminum. The four custom wrought-iron chandeliers in the lobby were commissioned by the owner from Argossy design in NY. Lighting above the banquette tables are actually tin baked bean cans. Antique industrial gears, springs, screws and bolts display came from the building’s mechanicals. Large 2 sideboard tables in the lobby are industrial tables from Packard Automotive Company. Prominent in the lobby is Charles Dwyer's 32 and one half pair of wrangler jeans serve as a canvas for the American Flag. Learn More...

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Islamic Society of Milwaukee

  • Address: 4707 S. 13th Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

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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Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts

  • Address: 926 E. Center Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 12noon- 5 p.m.

This gallery has been a gathering place for the neighbors of Riverwest since the turn of the 20th century. Our original stage has featured some of this country’s greatest jazz musicians, including Dizzy Gillespie, Betty Carter, Stan Getz, and Winton Marsalis. Now owned and run by the Riverwest Artists Association, the Jazz Gallery presents local and touring groups, community events, and bands that promote the Milwaukee jazz scene. It also features a wide variety of exhibits from local and national artists. The RAA Member Exhibition will be on display during DOORS OPEN MILWAUKEE. Learn More...

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Jewish Home and Care Center

  • Address: 1414 N. Prospect Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4 p.m.

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. A self-guided tour brochure will help visitors find their way from the entrance of the Jewish Home through the first floor and across the Rubenstein Pavilion in Chai Point Senior Living. Works of art on the walls can be viewed up close. Meanwhile, our beautiful view of Lake Michigan is its own work of art, framed by the beauty of our building and its elegant ballrooms and dining room. While the Jewish Home and Care Center and Chai Point were built to insure that Jewish elderly will always have a place to live, we are open and welcoming to people of all faiths. A breathtaking new mural chronicling the 110 years of the Jewish Home in Milwaukee is being permanently displayed beginning this year. It's the latest addition to the outstanding art on display at the Jewish Home and Care Center and Chai Point Senior Living, where stained glass, sculpture, and other works of art are on display year 'round. A guided tour will take visitors through the first floor to see artwork, as well as various areas where residents normally congregate. Our gift shop and Rubenstein Family Kosher Oasis will be open for the purchase of gifts and brunch. Anyone interested in a personal tour will be able to make individual arrangements. Learn More...

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Jewish Museum Milwaukee

  • Address: 1360 N. Prospect Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m.

Visitors will enter the Edward Durell Stone-designed Helfaer Building, a simple, balanced, cream-colored brick building constructed in 1973. The Museum was developed in 2008 after a renovation by Kahler-Slater. The building also houses the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle and Holocaust Education Resource Center. To the north of the building, visitors will see the Memorial to the Holocaust designed by Milwaukee-born artist, Claire Lieberman. The cortan steel sheets give a book-like effect, symbolic of the Jewish identity as “people of the book.” Visitors enter the Museum’s atrium where the three-story windows list the themes of the Museum, backed by an American flag. The atrium also houses a 14 x19 foot Marc Chagall Tapestry that was created for this space. The Museum’s permanent collection explores the history of Milwaukee’s Jewish community and builds on broader themes related to immigration, social justice and the Holocaust. Exhibits also focus on Golda Meir in Milwaukee and the Settlement Cook Book. Docent-led tours will be available at Noon and 3pm. Learn More...

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Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility FAMILY PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 700 E. Jones Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday NOT OPEN

Opened in 1926, this facility was designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 1974. World-renowned for pioneering the way in modern wastewater treatment technology, Jones Island was also one of the first facilities in the world to produce a fertilizer as the by-product of the water reclamation process: Milorganite. Capable of treating more than 300 million gallons a day, the facility is owned and governed by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and operated and maintained by Veolia Water North America. All site visitors will receive a free 5# bag of Milorganite. 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! Visitors have the option of going on a 60-minute in depth tour that includes the Milorganite building, or joining a shorter 30-minute load-and-go tour – both of which will travel via motorcoach around the entire Jones Island facility. Tickets: NOT Required. Times: Sat.10am-4:30 pm, first come first serve. Duration: 1 hour for in-depth tour that includes Milorganite building; 30 minutes for load-and-go bus tour only. Capacity each tour: 40+. Meet: Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility, corner of East Jones Street & Harbor Drive. Those wishing to join the 60-minute in-depth tour must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes for safety. Learn More...

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Kilbourn Avenue Bascule Bridge

  • Address: 101 E. Kilbourn Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m.

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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Kilbourntown House

  • Address: Estabrook Park (near Capitol Drive entrance, east of Humboldt)
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Kilbourntown House, also known as the Benjamin Church House, was built in 1844 by Benjamin Church, a carpenter from New York. The home was originally located in the section of Milwaukee known as Kilbourntown. An excellent example of Greek Revival architecture, the house was saved from destruction in 1938 when it was moved to Estabrook Park and restored as a WPA project. The home contains an outstanding collection of mid-nineteenth century furniture and decorative arts. Visitors are welcome to tour Kilbourntown House and to enjoy its surrounding gardens any time between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. A docent will share the history of the home, and visitors can browse at their leisure. Learn More...

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Kletzsch Park Pavilion

  • Address: 6560 N. Milwaukee River Parkway
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m.-5 p.m.

This shelter in Kletzsch Park was constructed by the CCC over 80 years ago. The 1933-36 Annual Report says a new park pavilion, embodying Swiss architectural features, was built at the top of the bluff overlooking the Milwaukee River. The room in the pavilion that will be open is a charming area with a huge fireplace and two small ones with Alvin Kletzsch's likeness above the large fireplace. This is a chance for interested people to see this seldom open to the public part of the Kletzsch Park pavilion. Learn More...

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Knickerbocker on the Lake

  • Address: 1028 E. Juneau Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m.

Construction of The Knickerbocker on the Lake began in 1929 and continued four years until the official grand opening. When opened in 1933, The Knickerbocker provided apartment style accommodations with full kitchens and individual private baths. A commissary located on the main floor sold fresh meats, fruits and vegetables to guests. A bookshop featured rare and out of print books, and a gift shop sold glassware, china and knickknacks. In the 50's the lounge was converted to the Red Lion Room, a "Mens Only" lounge. The club featured nightly entertainment and showcased artists such as Sammy Davis Jr., and much more. Visitors will tour the main lobby area and receive a complete history of Knickerbocker on the Lake. Guided tours of the property, to include multiple guest rooms of different sizes and designs, will be available at 12noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Learn More...

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La Lune Collection

  • Address: 930 E. Burleigh Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Last admittance 3 p.m. and Sunday 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. Mario & Cathy Costantini purchased the buildings in 1986, renovating the original buildings and constructing additional outbuildings on the property. 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. (If participants desire, they may first tour the Florentine Opera Center, whose entrance is immediately west of La Lune.) Learn More...

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Lakefront Brewery

  • Address: 1872 N. Commerce Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Last admittance 4 p.m.

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. Our public brewery tours are not included in Doors Open but may be purchased online. Learn More...

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Lowell Damon House

  • Address: 2107 Wauwatosa Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a. m.-4 p. m.

Started in 1844 by Oliver Damon and completed in 1847 by his son Lowell, the house is believed to be Wauwatosa’s oldest residence and stands as a classic example of a colonial home. It was given to the Milwaukee County Historical Society in 1941 by the sons of Alexander Rogers, a former owner and is operated as a historic house museum. Visitors are welcome to tour the Lowell Damon House and docents will be available to answer questions and to share the story of both the home and the people that lived there. Learn More...

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Loyalty Building / Hilton Garden Inn

  • Address: 611 N. Broadway
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4 p.m.

The building features a spectacular atrium topped by a skylight of ornamental iron construction filled with pressed and patterned squares of glass. The floors are all original mosaic tiles, with up to six different colors in rich geometric patterns. A winding marble staircase also marks the center of this amazing masterpiece. The interior underwent an extensive historic restoration in 1986, the year of its centennial anniversary. The owners of First Hospitality Group, based in Rosemont, IL, saw the beauty and potential in this architectural gem and purchased the property, beginning the transformation to a focused service hotel in 2011. The hotel opened in Fall 2012. With 127 brand new hotel rooms all featuring distinctive 14-foot ceilings located in a completely renovated historic landmark building, Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Downtown features one of the most deluxe accommodations in the city. Each of our stunning Milwaukee hotel rooms has been designed to retain the historic distinction of the timeless setting while providing state-of-the-art comfort and modern conveniences. Learn More...

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Mackie Building (Chamber of Commerce Building) / The Grain Exchange Room

  • Address: 225 E. Michigan Street
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 10 a. m.-4 p. m.

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 NOT OPEN

The Marcus Center has been a premier entertainment destination for Milwaukee and Wisconsin since 1969. Tours of Uihlein Hall and the Todd Wehr Theater. 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, as well as gain insight into how the Center is able to provide a wide variety of entertainment and reception offerings in it’s multiple venues, including backstage tours when possible. Learn More...

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Marian Center for Nonprofits (formerly St. Mary’s Academy)

  • Address: 3195 S. Superior Street / 3211 S. Lake Drive
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Last admittance 3:30 p.m. and Sunday 12noon-4 p.m. Last admittance 3:30 p.m.

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, the predecessor of Cardinal Stritch University. SMA, once the state’s largest high school for women, closed in 1991 after serving over 8,000 students. Today, the Marian Center, a corporate ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, provides affordable space for nonprofits and members of the community. Visitors will enjoy self-guided tours starting from Loretto Hall (no elevator) or Rosary Hall (elevator). Highlights: Loretto Hall - Chapel with mid-century stained glass; Social Room; vintage ledgers in office; original kitchen. Cloister Walk - Passageway with luminous stained glass windows. Rosary Hall - Views of Milwaukee’s skyline; Auditorium, Gymnasium, Home Economics Room; SMA Heritage Room. Learn More...

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Marquette University / St. Joan of Arc Chapel

  • Address: 1442 W. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5p.m.

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. During the time of the French Revolution, it fell into disrepair. By the time it was discovered, shortly after World War I by Jacques Couelle, a brilliant young French architect, it had become completely dilapidated. Jacques Couelle worked with the French government to restore the chapel to its original state. In 1964, the chapel was donated to Marquette University, and was dismantled stone by stone and shipped to its present location. The chapel was dedicated to Marquette University in 1966 and is open to the public. 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 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Last admittance 3:30 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Last admittance 2:30 p.m.

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 — Material Studios + Gallery, Portrait Society Gallery

  • Address: 207 E. Buffalo Street, #600
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5p.m.

The Marshall Building was built 1906-07 by architects George Ferry and Alfred Clas, and is the world's oldest existing example of Claude A.P. Turner's Mushroom System and is a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. Located inside the Marshall Building on the sixth floor, Material Studios + Gallery is a space for artists to create, produce and develop their entrepreneurial practice. They will be offering visitors during Doors Open Milwaukee an intimate look into the process of creating, the opportunity to develop a relationship with the artists and to contribute to their success. Material also houses arts organizations that fuel the health and well being of the local economy. ALSO: The Portrait Society Gallery (5th floor) presents a series of paintings depicting historic Milwaukee Public School buildings by Ariana Huggett entitled “Old Schools” in the Marshall Building during Doors Open Milwaukee both Saturday and Sunday from 12noon to 5 p.m. The paintings celebrate the city's early dedication to public education during Milwaukee's boom years through its commissioning of notable Milwaukee architects. Learn More...

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McIntosh I Goodrich Mansion (Wisconsin Conservatory of Music)

  • Address: 1548 N. Prospect Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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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Meetinghouse (Milwaukee Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends / Quakers)

  • Address: 3224 N. Gordon Place
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m. and Sunday NOT OPEN

The Meetinghouse of the Milwaukee Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) was built in 1984 along the Milwaukee River on land entrusted to us by Anita Koenen. The original design by Willis and Lilian Leenhouts, modified for affordability by Charles Yoder, was expanded in 2000 by Autumn Blakely. The Meetinghouse, Koenen Land Preserve, and their use reflect Quaker values. We hope you will experience peacefulness in the light-filled space of the worship room. Guided tours are available, including: Compost Kids composting site, community gardens begun by Anita Koenen, the land preserve with its native species, LifeWays Early Childhood Center classrooms, the worship room and library, along with informational displays of current activities and historical interest. The upper land preserve and the building are accessible to all. The lower preserve is a natural setting on the Milwaukee River bluff. Learn More...

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MIAD – Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design

  • Address: 273 E. Erie Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m. 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 Blacksmith

  • Address: 518 E. Erie
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The current home of Milwaukee Blacksmith, comprised of cinder blocks and roof trusses, suggest it was constructed sometime in the 1950s. Little information is available on the architects involved. It is an industrial space with a loading dock and a few offices. The most interesting thing about our building is what currently happens inside. Milwaukee’s finest homes and buildings are adorned with ironwork which stands the test of time. This has shaped our city’s architecture and given us a distinct look. 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 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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 County Courthouse

  • Address: 901 N. 9th Street (Wells Street entrance between 9th and 10th Street)
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday NOT OPEN

Situated on the crown of a hill, it is 176 feet (54m) tall and has eleven floors. The Neo-Classical Revival style of the building was the result of a nationwide design competition, in which architect Albert Randolph Ross with the New York firm of McKim, Mead, and White was selected out of 33 entries from across the country. It was constructed using Bedford limestone and features architectural details and sculptural decorations with a Beaux-Arts influence, such as a flat roofline, stone owls and lion heads. Masonry was provided by Andres Stone and Marble Company, owner Edgar Andres whose family also helped construct the Library and a local bank which is now the home for the Milwaukee Historical Society. While heralded as one of the grandest courthouses in the United States, it was once called a "million dollar rockpile" by famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.[1] 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. The two previous courthouses were located at what is now Cathedral Square Park on the east side of the Milwaukee River. Learn More...

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Milwaukee County Historical Society FAMILY PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 910 N. Old World Third Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a. m.-5 p. m.

The Milwaukee County Historical Society building was originally a bank and was designed by the Kirchhoff and Rose architectural firm in the Beaux Arts style of the French Renaissance. There are over 600 pilings, one foot in diameter, needed to carry the immense weight of the structure. There are seven vaults total and the door frame of the north vault weighs 27 ½ tons. Visitors enter into an elegant atrium surrounded by pillars, a balcony-level and marble accents. This Milwaukee landmark, also on the National Register of Historic Places, was meticulously restored and completed in 2011. Located along the Milwaukee River in Downtown Milwaukee, the Milwaukee County Historical Center offers a museum and research library housed in the historic Second Ward Savings Bank Building, built in 1913. Visitors are welcome to enjoy our exhibitions, to talk to our curatorial and research library staff, to view some of our collections, and to enjoy the elegant interiors of this landmark. Learn More...

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Milwaukee County Transit System Fleet Maintenance Facility FAMILY PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 1525 W. Vine Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4 p.m. Tour times: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and Sunday 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 we provide tours, but we will be proud to show an inside look at Mechanical Repair where mechanics repair or replace major bus components like engines, transmissions, air-conditioning and brakes. Also, we will look at Body Repair where mechanics repair the outside of the bus from major reworking of frames, dents to body corrosion. We will learn how they paint buses in large spray booths which look like something NASA would use. Tours will be given by MCTS Staff (approximately 45 minutes in length). In addition, a historical collection of photographs and one of the Clean-Diesel buses will be on display to view at any time from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is also a great opportunity to learn about the MCTS M-CARD, the new fare system. Specific tour times 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m, 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Learn More...

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Milwaukee Fire Museum FAMILY PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 1615 W. Oklahoma Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m.

One of five fire stations of this style built in 1927. This station located on 16th and Oklahoma contains fire apparatus dating back to 1927, including the Departments first ambulance, a 1947 Cadillac. This station has been a museum and education center since 1995. It has several original chairs, built in a State Prison. Also a working fire alarm system which utilized the corner alarm box. The building has dormitory style bunk-room, a time related kitchen, locker room and a hose tower. As you enter the nearly 90 year old building, see how the building features different construction styles and materials. Terrazzo floors, push button light switches and incandescent lighting. See the bunk- room where the firefighters spent part of their 24 hour shift. The apparatus floor contains the Departments first ambulance, two trucks built in the Milwaukee Fire Department Shop during the 1920's and 30's. Also a 1943 1250 Gallon Per Minute pumper from the Pirsch Company formerly located in Kenosha. Follow a tour guide or explore at your own pace with a museum guide sheet. Learn More...

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Milwaukee Fire Station #1 FAMILY PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 784 Broadway
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

NOT OPEN WHEN ON CALL 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 behind-the-scenes of the oldest firehouse in Milwaukee, 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 Station #2 FAMILY PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 755 N. James Lovell Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Firehouse Engine #2 is the headquarters for the Milwaukee Fire Department. It houses Engine 2 and Truck 2, Compressed Air Bottle Rig, Firefighting Deputy Chief and Fire Investigation Unit. Paramedic bicycle responders are assigned from here in the summer, and they patrol and respond to emergencies at the Maier Festival Grounds. Stop in and talk to the firemen and women, and find out about their equipment and their work. 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. Learn More...

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Milwaukee Firehouse Engine 12 FAMILY PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 2130 W. Oklahoma Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

NOT OPEN WHEN ON CALL Currently located in the Fourth Battalion, the Milwaukee Fire Department's Fire Station 12 is a Special Teams house. It is home to Engine 12, which was established on September 8th, 1888, and is also home to Rescues 1 & 4 — also known as the Heavy Urban Rescue Team (H.U.R.T). The H.U.R.T was organized in 1995 with the consolidation of the Tunnel (1980s) and Rope (1990s) rescue teams. H.U.R.T responds to four areas of specialized rescue: confined space, trench, high/low angle rope rescues and structural collapse. Visitors have the opportunity to tour the fire station, view the Special Team's Rescue (H.U.R.T) apparatus, learn about the firehouse’s history and see the unique equipment special to this house. There will be ongoing demonstrations by firefighters throughout the day with various pieces of equipment. Please note there is no building access when the crews are out on an emergency call. Learn More...

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Milwaukee Gas Light Company (Zimmerman Architectural Studios)

  • Address: 2122 W. Mount Vernon Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 .am.-5 p.m.

Originally known as the West Side Works for the Milwaukee Gas Light Company, this campus in the Menomonee Valley provided gas to light homes and street lamps. Today the retort furnaces are gone leaving a grand interior space that is now home to Zimmerman Architectural Studios and Harwood Engineering Consultants. Along with historical displays, they will also feature some of their own design work from their own 106 year history as an architectural firm in Milwaukee. Though the future of the new building is “to be continued” – its past features a long forgotten story that they are delighted to re-tell and preserve for future generations. They hope you will enjoy learning about the history of the recently completed Zimmerman Architectural Studios headquarters building as much as they did. Learn More...

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Milwaukee Makerspace

  • Address: 2555 S. Lenox Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a. m.-5 p.m.

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 Police Academy (Milwaukee Police Department) FAMILY PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 6680 N. Teutonia Ave (parking in rear)
  • Hours: Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Last admittance 3:30 p.m. and Sunday NOT OPEN

The Safety Academy, which houses the Milwaukee Police and Fire training academies, was built in 1964 as Madonna High School, an all-girls Catholic school. In 1969, Madonna graduated its last senior class. The city purchased the facility in 1972 for police and fire training. Classrooms once used to teach teenagers are now used to train the men and women who work to keep the city safe. The attractive brick and stone exterior is complimented by a comfortable interior consisting of wood, stone, tile, and stained glass. The Police Academy has traditional classrooms, a full-sized gymnasium, a firing range, and “scenes” in which officers train to patrol Milwaukee’s diverse environments, including the apartment scene, street scene, and tavern scene. Adult visitors will have the opportunity to engage in electronic scenarios to test their reflexes and decision making under pressure, and everyone can see firsthand the intense training regimen of Milwaukee Police Officers. Don’t miss our first floor memorial to officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Learn More...

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Milwaukee Public Library East Branch

  • Address: 2320 N Cramer Street.
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m. and Sunday NOT OPEN

In November 2014, the fifth version of the East Branch opened with 99 apartments above, a small retail space and the library as the anchor on the first floor. In a departure from a typical library layout, HGA architects designed an elliptical shaped Community Room with 16 foot high pivot doors and channel glass walls defining the flexible meeting space. The slab glass windows from the 1968 East Branch were incorporated into the current building, dictating the color scheme for the furniture and fixtures in the building. Floor to ceiling windows line the North Avenue and Cramer Street sides of the library, filling the building with natural light. Permanent art installations from local artists Ray Chi, k. e. martin, and Santiago Cucullu are on-site along with reclaimed wood from the 1968 library installed as a partial ceiling, a laptop bar and a bench at the entrance. Take a seat in our ‘living room’ next to the fireplace and enjoy gazing out on the bustling North Avenue business corridor from the calm interior of the library. Guided 15-20 minutes tours will be given the Saturday of Doors Open Milwaukee on the hour, every hour. Learn More...

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Milwaukee Public Museum Daniel M. Soref Planetarium FAMILY PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 800 W. Wells Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m.

Enjoy a FREE Planetarium program at Milwaukee Public Museum’s Daniel M. Soref Planetarium during Doors Open weekend! Take a tour of the current night sky during Wisconsin Stargazing, or go on the ultimate space vacation in Perfect Little Planet; it’s a choose your own adventure experience! Programs are 22 min in length, airing every half hour. One Planetarium ticket issued per guest. Please check in at the Admission windows for your FREE ticket. Additional discounted admission available for museum exhibits. Learn More...

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Milwaukee Theatre / UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena

  • Address: 490 W. Kilbourn Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Last admittance 3:45 p.m. and Sunday NOT OPEN

Welcome to the largest theatre in Wisconsin, with 4,086 very comfortable seats. The outside may be deceiving, but built in 1909, it was a showcase of its time. It was remodeled in 2003 to accommodate a need for an indoor theater with a capacity over 3,500. The Arena is celebrating 65 years in operation. Some recent features: new seats to match our new partner--UWM, new scoreboard with seamless sides, and new flat screen monitors so you won’t miss the action at the concession stands. The Annex, located between the UWM Panther Arena and the Milwaukee Theatre, which will be the starting place for tours of either building. Offered as self-guided tours, there will be displays and recordings taking you back through each buildings' respective histories, and friendly hosts to answer your questions. Interact with the teams that call the Arena home. Take in the newly renovated Green Room and Production Room, and peek at the new ways the Milwaukee Theatre / UWM Panther Arena change capacity to bring in the shows you love. Learn More...

MobCraft Beer Brewery and Tasting Room / CANCELLED

  • Hours: NOT OPEN

We apologize for the last-minute change, but MobCraft will not be able to participate in the event this year. We hope you can check them out next year during Doors Open Milwaukee 2016! Learn More...

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Modjeska Theatre

  • Address: 1134 W. Mitchell Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Modjeska Theatre — named after Helena Modjeska, a renowned Polish actress who specialized in Shakespearean roles — was originally built in the 1920s as a vaudeville and movie palace. In the 1940s, the theater showed Polish films to cater to the large Polish community on Milwaukee’s south side, and had various other uses throughout the years following until it closed in 2010. The Modjeska Theatre will officially reopened in 2015, and will offer visitors an open-house tour during the event, which will consist of Modjeska history, the theatre’s future plans, and tours of the stage area, dressing rooms and projection booth. Learn More...

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Monarch, LLC

  • Address: 7050 N. 76th Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 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 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m.

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. The building is one of two Travertine marble and bronze glass structures on the 2.5 acre MGIC Plaza. Architect-engineers for the development were Fitzhug Scott-Architects, Inc. of Milwaukee and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill of Chicago, who also designed such famous works as the Hancock Building and Willis Tower (originally known as the Sears Tower) in Chicago. 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 Penabla and Shelia Hicks. Learn More...

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MSOE Alumni Partnership Center

  • Address: 1120 N. Broadway
  • Hours: Saturday 12noon-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Last admittance 3:45 p.m.

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 12noon- 5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. Last admittance 3:45 p.m.

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 1,000 paintings and sculptures dating from 1580 to the present. They reflect a variety of artistic styles and subjects that document the evolution of organized work: from farming and mining to trades such as glassblowing and seaweed gathering. 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 noon-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. Last admittance 3:45 p.m.

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. It houses the Athletics Department, Counseling Services and Health Services Offices, as well as an NHL-sized ice arena, basketball arena, fitness center, field house, recreational running track, group exercise room and wrestling area. A large atrium entrance welcomes visitors to the Kern Center, where glass, concrete and steel beams dominate the contemporary building. Just inside the main entrance is the fitness center and basketball arena. The field house is located on the second floor and features a suspended, three-lane 160-meter synthetic indoor running track that also offers views of the new Viets Field. The lower level of the Kern Center features a full-size ice arena. Learn More...

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MSOE Krueger Hall (WMSE Radio)

  • Address: 820 N. Milwaukee Street
  • Hours: Saturday 12 noon-5 p.m. last admittance 4:45 p.m. and Sunday 1 p. m.-4 p.m. last admittance 3:45 p.m.

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 showroom, 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. WMSE Radio is a 3,200-watt public radio station owned and operated by MSOE. WMSE has been broadcasting for more than 34 years and offers a diverse mix of all music 24 hours a day. The station is staffed by an all-volunteer DJ staff. WMSE also hosts live bands on a weekly basis. Once you step inside you'll be shown the studios and station's large on-air music library. Learn More...

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

This once elegant nineteenth-century dining room was restored in 2000 as the Newsroom Pub, the perfect front for the Safe House. Safe House founder David Baldwin refurbished this establishment to provide a home for the Milwaukee Press Club and its collection of famous autographs and memorabilia dating from 1885. The Newsroom Pub is popular for banquets, meetings and receptions up to 200 people. If you are lucky enough, you may be able to enter directly to the Safe House via a secret entrance to this spy-theme bar and restaurant’s large mechanical puzzle or revolving booth. Come test your luck. Learn More...

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Next Act Theatre

  • Address: 255 S. Water Street
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m.

Next Act converted a crane bay, originally built in 1989, into a state of the art theatre complex, opening it in October 2011. Allyson Nemec and her team at Quorum Architects designed the conversion. The building was originally used to load and unload large equipment off of flatbed semis for international shipping. The new complex houses Next Act’s administrative offices, rehearsal hall, production support areas and a 152 seat theatre. When used as a crane bay, the building was completely open from front to back. The only other room was an office that was converted into a kitchen. Every wall in the current configuration was a result of the conversion. Guided tours will be given every half hour. The tour will include the backstage area (costume shop, dressing rooms, green room, rehearsal hall) and all areas of the stage, including the tech booth. 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 Central Little League / The Hangar FAMILY PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 6200 N. 64th Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Hangar is the new indoor batting facility for North Central Little League and the Milwaukee Bombers. For 36 years NCLL has been giving children the opportunity to play Little League baseball from Milwaukee and Wauwatosa. With over 700 players and 60 teams NCLL is the largest Little League in the city of Milwaukee. We are also the only Little League in Wauwatosa. The Milwaukee Bombers started in 2007 as the traveling team for NCLL. All players are from NCLL and play four to five tournaments on select weekends. Each organization is run by a board of dedicated members. NCLL is a chartered member of Little League International of Williamsport, Pa. Stop by The Hangar to experience how North Central Little League teaches their players all year. Our indoor batting facility has two batting tunnels, a "T" station and an indoor pitching mound, We have a waiting area with a big screen TV. We also have the capability to watch you session live on our Apple TV. Do you want to take some swings in the cage? Have you hit off the T lately? Do Learn More...

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  • Address: 633 W. Virginia Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 12noon-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m.

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...

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Our Daily Salt / H.C. Anton Building

  • Address: 3519 W. National Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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. Join us for a brief tour explaining the history of the building and the business. Learn More...

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Our Savior’s Lutheran Church

  • Address: 3022 W. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 12noon-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m.

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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Pabst Theater

  • Address: 144 E. Wells Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday NOT OPEN

Built in 1895, The Pabst Theater is the 4th oldest continuously operating theater in the US, and the oldest theater in Milwaukee’s Theater District. Explore this great Baroque theater from balconies to bathrooms on a self-guided tour. Have a drink in the Pub after you’ve viewed the 2-ton Austrian crystal chandelier, and taken a walk on the white Italian marble grand staircase. Learn More...

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Pevnick Studios

  • Address: 527 N. 27th Street (alley door in back)
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m.

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. At some point the original bell tower fell into disrepair and a front porch was added. During the 1960s, all of the nine-foot-tall, divided light windows were boarded up, creating a dark interior for the darkrooms used by Pohlman Photographic Studios from 1936-1999. The warehouses added to the back for photographing large items now serve as the home of the Graphical Waterfalls® you will see on the tour. 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 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Last admittance 1:45 p.m.

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 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. Learn More...

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Plaza Hotel

  • Address: 1007 N. Cass Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a. m.-5 p.m.

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 residences. 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. Café at the Plaza is open daily: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. Visitors may view the lobby area and a guest room on their own. Cafe at the Plaza will be open for service from 7am - 2pm and for viewing only after 2pm. Learn More...

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Plunkett Raysich Architects, LLP Headquarters

  • Address: 209 S. Water Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Last admittance 3:30 p.m.

Plunkett Raysich Architects found a home for their headquarters in the Walkers Point neighborhood. Celebrating their 80th anniversary and returning to downtown Milwaukee, they have created an open office for collaboration and flexibility. There are several sustainable features of the building including solatubes that fill the space with natural light. The firm also designed the new public plaza to the north of the building. Visitors can wander through the office and see how a homegrown Milwaukee architecture firm works. There will be displays of projects, an interactive design area and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies! Learn More...

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Pritzlaff Building

  • Address: 311 N. Plankinton Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m.

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, offices on the second floor, and 100 apartments on floors 3-7. 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 Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Last admittance 2:45 p..m. and Sunday NOT OPEN

The Railway Exchange Building, located near where East Town meets the Historic Third Ward, was built in 1899-1900. Its very location is a measure of its prominence, the corner of Broadway and Wisconsin Avenue. It has been named the cornerstone of Milwaukee’s East Side Commercial Historic District. Originally named for its builder, Henry Herman, who came to Milwaukee from Maine in 1865 to take advantage of the booming railroad business, it was renamed in 1906. The Railway Exchange Building served as the headquarters of the Chicago and Northwestern Railway from 1901–1945. A brief description of the history and features of the building will be provided by the Building Team member. Visitors will be asked to take the elevator to the 12th floor and to walk back down the cast iron and marble stairway all the way to the first floor so that they can see the original corridors with original doors, hardware and window systems to the offices on each floor. Views of Lake Michigan and the City skyline are spectacular. Learn More...

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Redeemer Lutheran Church

  • Address: 1905 W. Wisconsin Avenue (sanctuary entrance, double glass doors)
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Last admittance 3:30 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Last admittance 2:30 p.m.

Redeemer Lutheran Church (originally evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer) was founded in 1890. The current building dates from 1915. At that time, the estimated cost of the furnished church and parish hall was $50,000 (exclusive of the grounds). The architect, 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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RedLine Milwaukee

  • Address: 1422 N. 4th Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

What’s with the name RedLine? RedLine Milwaukee is located in the heart of Milwaukee’s former Hay Market District. In its “hay” day, this neighborhood was the most densely populated area of the city and home to the Settlement House, a pioneering social service agency. The three-story, 22,000-square-foot cream city brick building was erected in the early 1900’s as the headquarters of the Philips Lithography Company. Printing was the main activity until the 1960’s when the phenomenon of redlining (a system of withholding home-loan funds or insurance to those who were poor, members of minority groups, or living within a certain geographical boundary the neighborhood) became prevalent. As a counter to the redlining of the past, RedLine Milwaukee operates as 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. RedLine is an urban arts laboratory that seeks to sustain the individual practice of contemporary art and stimulate the creative potential of the local community. Visitors will experience self-guided tours of exhibition spaces, 20 artist studios, educational galleries featuring Make It Take It art labs and a resource library, community print shop, papermaking studio, dye lab and dark room. Learn More...

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Riverside Theater

  • Address: 116 W. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m.

The Riverside, which opened in 1928, was designed by local architects Charles Kirchoff and Thomas Rose, designers of many theaters, including the Palace Theater in New York City. The building that houses the theater is twelve stories tall, and includes office space in the front portion of the building. 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. The Riverside Theater will be providing three performances hosted by The Dairyland Theater Organ Society to provide an atmosphere of what show performance were like when the theater was constructed as well as a limited tour of the Wurlitzer Organ. Learn More...

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Riverworks Lofts

  • Address: 3372 N. Holton Street (enter on Townsend)
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. and Sunday NOT OPEN

The building was erected in 1915 by brothers William and John Tharinger for the Tharinger Macaroni Factory. Groundbreaking for reuse construction began in June 2011 with completion in April of 2012. Built in 1915, the building located at 3372 N. Holton Street has a rich history from an award winning pasta factory to a reuse housing development project spurred by Riverworks Development Corporation. Currently the Riverworks Lofts has 36 affordable housing loft style apartments with modern appliances, a great club and exercise room and underground parking. Historical memorabilia and photos will be on display from the Tharinger Macaroni Factory days, as well as pictures showing the reconstruction into the Riverworks Lofts of today. The Club Room and an apartment will be available for viewing. Learn More...

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Robert Anderson Municipal Building / Lake Tower

  • Address: 4001 S. 6th St.
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Last admittnace 4:30 p.m. and Sunday NOT OPEN

Constructed in 1940, as the Town of Lake Municipal Building and Water Tower, this is a wonderful example of the Art Deco style of the 1920s and 1930s. Visitors will be greeted on the main floor and can engage a self-guided tour of the public areas of the building. Weather permitting, stunning views of Milwaukee's south side are seen from the third floor. Elevator access rises to the fourth floor. Those able to climb a flight of stairs to the fifth floor will be able to see the underside of the former water tank. Learn More...

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  • Address: 779 N. Front Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

In an alleyway near the river, two gas lights and an inconspicuous nameplate—with the name International Exports Ltd.—is all that mark the brick front of this establishment. However, this spy-themed restaurant and bar has been a favorite Milwaukee attraction since its creation in 1966 by founder David Baldwin. Yes, you need the password. No, we cannot divulge it. But rest assured, as soon as you pass your fun clearance test to prove you’re a friendly operative, you will enter a spy’s nest of global espionage and entertainment! Learn More...

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Saint George Melkite Church

  • Address: 1617 W. State Street
  • Hours: Satuday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 12 noon-5 p.m.

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 to Saint George may view and ask questions or join any impromptu tour in session. The outstanding new (2010) icon screen, quiet recordings of Byzantine chant and perhaps a hint of incense from the morning service will greet the visitor. Guides may describe the 1892 Columbian Exhibition story that brought Melkites to Milwaukee and the support of Archbishop Messmer who helped nourish a mission. Questions are encouraged about the past and current community as well as about changes in the internal design over the century. Learn More...

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Saint James Court Historic Apartments

  • Address: 831 W. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (Tours given on the half hour. The last tour will be at 2:30 p.m.) and Sunday NOT OPEN

Saint James Court, with its Neo-Classical and Beaux Art influence, was designed by the architectural firm of Ferry & Clas and built in 1903. Alfred Clas of Ferry & Clas and numerous well-known Milwaukeeans lived in the building. Saint James Court has been restored using U.S. Department of Interior standards, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building contains 30 vintage apartments and ground level offices. Character abounds with hardwood floors, decorative fireplaces, stained glass, claw foot tubs, a mahogany/marble entrance, a restored vintage elevator and more. Visitors will experience exciting architecture, view vintage apartments designed for Milwaukee’s prominent citizens, learn the role of historic buildings in revitalizing neighborhoods, view exhibits of history and restoration, and will be able to discuss the challenges, methods, and benefits of historic renovation with the owner and management team. Learn More...

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Saint John’s on the Lake

  • Address: 1800 N .Prospect Ave
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a. m.-5 p.m.

Founded in downtown Milwaukee in 1868, today Saint John's is a vibrant, inclusive community designed by award winning architecture and design firms, Perkins-Eastman and AG Architects of Milwaukee. Saint John's is a community like no other in Milwaukee. Feel the "vibe” of the city outside the front door. View “Pure Pigments,” pastels by Collette Odya Smith and Darron Lillian, an exhibit of landscapes and cityscapes at MOWA On The Lake. Enjoy guided tours of the Town Centre, including our fast-casual Bistro, Taylor’s elegant restaurant, the award-winning Federalist-style Chapel, 147 years of Saint John's in photographs. Visit two tranquil sculpture gardens, bee colonies, butterflies and a putting green alongside spectacular views of Lake Michigan. Learn More...

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Salem Lutheran Landmark Church and Museum

  • Address: 6814 N. 107th Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a. m.-5 p.m.

Today the 1863 church is known as Salem Lutheran Landmark Church and Museum. It is a Milwaukee cream brick structure and one of the oldest church buildings in the city of Milwaukee. It is a representative example of Italianate-style architecture. The building was designated as a historic structure by the Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission in 1992 and has been used as a museum for the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod since 1982. Ongoing renovation and restoration efforts intend to bring the church building back to its original 1863 condition complete with a newly restored 1887 reed organ (harmonium). The lower level of the building contains various displays, including an 1880s-era school classroom, and more than 1,000 artifacts and pictures. The contents of the recently opened cornerstone will also be on display. Guided and self-guided tours will be available throughout the day. Learn More...

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Schlitz Audubon Nature Center FAMILY PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 1111 E. Brown Deer Road, Bayside
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m.

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. Some features of our Gold LEED certified building: extensive use of natural light with window systems that reduces energy needed for lighting; a geothermal heating system that uses 90 groundwater wells and the earth’s temperature to provide heating and cooling; a 10-kilowatt photovoltaic solar power system that supplies 10-20% of the buildings electricity. The building includes classrooms for our preschool through adult education programs, an auditorium, a conference room and interactive exhibits. The environment is the focus at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, both inside and out. The Environmental Learning Center, built in 2003 is Gold LEED certified. Take a 15-minute guided tour of the building, or explore on your own anytime of the day. Guided trail hikes and programs where you will see our raptors take flight are also scheduled throughout the day. Other drop-in activities include meeting some of the raptors or reptiles in the Great Hall, feeding the snapping turtle, Emerson, or hiking the trails. Guided tours and scheduled programs on Sunday, September 20: Building Tours (15 mins) 9:00 | 10:00 | 11:00am | 3:00pm Guided Hikes (20 mins) 10:30 | 11:30 | 12:30 | 1:30 | 2:30 | 3:30 Raptors Flying (25 mins) 12:00 | 1:00 | 2:00 | 3:00 Learn More...

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Sherman Park Senior Living (former Jackie Robinson school)

  • Address: 3245 N. 37th Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday NOT OPEN

Sherman Park Senior Living Community is a development located in the center of the Milwaukee Sherman Park Neighborhood. Gorman & Company, Inc. has collaborated with the Sherman Park Neighborhood Association and the Milwaukee Department of City Development to provide 68 units of senior housing. This development will save an historic neighborhood school (Jackie Robinson Middle School) and provide a much needed catalyst for the Sherman Park neighborhood to maintain its forward momentum. An opportunity to see how a closed historic school building was converted into a dynamic living space for neighborhood seniors. Learn More...

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Sherman Perk Coffee Shop

  • Address: 4924 W. Roosevelt Drive
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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. Take a self-guided tour of 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...

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Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi

  • Address: 3221 S. Lake Drive
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 12 noon- 4 p.m. Last admittance 3:30 p.m.

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...

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St. Benedict the Moor Church

  • Address: 924 State Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Last admittance 3:45 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Last admittance 3:45 p.m.

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. Casimir Church / Our Lady of Divine Providence Parish

  • Address: 2600 N. Bremen Street
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (Concert at 4.pm.)

Our Lady of Divine Providence Parish / St. Casimir Church was built by Polish immigrants in1901. Architectural firm of E. Brielmaier and Sons designed the structure in the Gothic style after the churches in Europe. It is 117 feet long and 76 feet wide. The two distinctive towers are 130 feet and 200 feet high respectively. The original building could seat 1,200 worshipers. Schramka was the builder and general contractor. The church is filled with beautiful stained glass windows, paintings and statuary. The historic Felgemaker pipe organ sits in the choir loft and is still used today for worship and concerts. Come and experience one of Milwaukee's hidden gems in the Riverwest neighborhood - Our Lady of Divine Providence- St. Casimir Church. Built in the early 1900's when Polish immigrants were flocking to the city of Milwaukee and St. Hedwig Church (Brady & Humboldt) was overflowing, you will see beautiful artwork and statues, including the Pieta and the Crucifixion, paintings and glorious stained glass windows. Self-guided tours will be offered along with historic information on the building. Stay for the first concert in the St. Casimir Concert Series beginning at 4pm with a concert of organ music on the historic Felgemaker pipe organ featuring Gary Wood, organist. Learn More...

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St. James Episcopal Church

  • Address: 833 W. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 12noon-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 12noon-4 p.m. Last admittance 3:30p.m.

St. James Episcopal Church, possibly the oldest stone church in Milwaukee, was designed by Gordon William Lloyd of Detroit, and erected in 1867-68 over the Spring Street Burying Ground. In 1872, the building burned, and only the bell tower and walls survived. G.W. Lloyd’s original plans were still available, and the church was reconstructed in 1873-74 using the complete plans, some of which had not been used in the first building. The architectural and historical significance of the structure was recognized by its listing in the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, and its designation as a Milwaukee Landmark in 1991. Come and see how St. James Episcopal Church uses this historic building for worship, fellowship, education, service (clothing, feeding, sundries and burial ministries) and more. Learn More...

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St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

  • Address: 804 W. Vliet Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m.

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. Open for public worship on Sunday at 10am. Learn More...

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St. Joseph Academy

  • Address: 3027 S. 16th Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m.

St. Joseph Academy’s sponsoring organization, the Felician Sisters, is a champion of compassionate care for the Milwaukee community since 1907. The Sisters first created an orphanage to provide a home for children whose parents were deceased or needed childcare while their parents worked, just as our first Sisters in Poland ministered to the orphans of nineteenth-century Warsaw. Over time, their services expanded to meet the changing needs of south-side families. Our debut as a Doors Open Milwaukee site doubles as our Open House to celebrate St. Joseph Academy's new elementary school addition. Felician Sisters and others will provide guided tours every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. both days, and describe the ministry's Spirit-led evolution from an orphanage to a child development center and Milwaukee Parental Choice School. Come see our new classrooms or visit our new library. Kids of all ages may also enter a free-throw shooting contest in the new gym. Whether you have a tie to the former orphanage, are a former St. Gerard's parishioner or are simply curious about our amazing transformation over the past century, you'll want to walk our halls and hear the grace-filled stories our Felician Sisters will share with you. Light refreshments will be served. Learn More...

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St. Joseph Chapel

  • Address: 29th St. & Orchard Avenue or 27th St. & Greenfield Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Last admittance 3:45 p.m. and Sunday NOT OPEN

Step inside this 1917 gem, rich with soaring marble columns, colorful stained glass windows from Austria, exquisite wood carvings and color mosaics. Designed by architects Peter Brust and Richard Philipp, this Italian Romanesque Revival marvel is one of Milwaukee's most beautiful sacred spaces. Learn about the chapel's outstanding acoustics as experienced guides share the chapel's story. School Sisters of St. Francis provide guided tours of their century-old chapel, where music and art are integral to spiritual life. Tours also in Spanish. Learn More...

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St. Lucas Evangelical Lutheran Church

  • Address: 2605 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Last admittance 3:45 p.m. and Sunday 12:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m.

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. Marcus Lutheran Church

  • Address: 2215 N. Palmer Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday Worship services at 8am, 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. (All are welcome to attend) Tours to be held in-between worship from 9-10:15 a.m., 11:30-1:45 p.m., 3-4:00 p.m.

St. Marcus Lutheran Church’s sanctuary was designed by Leiser & Holst architects, masonry by Gustave Jeske & Sons. It was completed in 1914. It is designed in the Neo-Gothic style popular in the Midwest from 1900-1930, drawing inspiration from the English interpretations of the Gothic style. The elaborate altar was carved in Milwaukee in 1905 by the Hann-Wangerin Co. and originally stood in St. Jacobi Lutheran Church on 13th & Mitchell. It was installed at St. Marcus in 1997. The pipe organ began as a smaller instrument built by Milwaukee organbuilder William Schuelke in the 1881 church. It was enlarged in 1914 by the Weickhardt Co. in Milwaukee and enlarged again by Peters & Weiland in 1998. SATURDAY’S ACTIVITIES DURING DOORS OPEN Saturday’s activities: (Tours & Art Gallery on display throughout the day) 10 a.m. — Coffee served in the café; 10:15 a.m. — Gospel Choir concert in the sanctuary; 11 a.m. — Pipe organ & cello recital; 11:30-1:00 pm —Lunch served in the café; 1 p.m. — John Gurda lecture on “The History of Brewers Hill” in the sanctuary; 2 p.m. — Joyful Noise Choir concert in the sanctuary; 2:45 p.m. — Rev. Mark Jeske lecture: The art of Heinrich Hofmann and the stained glass of St. Marcus; 4 p.m. — Pipe organ recital Learn More...

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St. Mary and St. Anthony Coptic Orthodox Church

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

St. Mary and St. Anthony 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. Visitors will enjoy exploring the inside and outside of the church as well as a guided tour. 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. Divine Liturgy (without tour) will be held from 10:00-11:30 on Sunday for those interested in attending. Learn More...

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St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

  • Address: 914 E. Knapp Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 12noon-5 p.m.

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. Walk through St. Paul’s breathtaking nave and enjoy the many attractions listed above throughout the day. Historic information about St. Paul’s is free. People from St. Paul’s will be available to answer questions. Special tours and organ demonstration will be given at various times. Learn More...

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St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church

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

St Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church is the "Mother Church" the Catholic churches on the South Side of Milwaukee. The parish was founded in 1866 by Polish immigrants who settled on Jones Island which makes St Stanislaus the oldest Polish parish in North America. The parish will celebrate 150 years of faithful service in 2016. The church itself was constructed in 1872 of "cream city brick" unique to Milwaukee. The two "Golden Domes" are visible for all Milwaukee. There are several varieties of architecture associated with St Stanislaus the most beautiful being the Art Deco of the interior. The interior art deco, gold leaf and different varieties of marble complement each other to create a unique aura. St Stanislaus has gone through many changes but has remained a treasure of Milwaukee. St Stanislaus is listed as a Historical Landmark. Visitors will see the beauty of a historic church built by Polish immigrants of humble means to glorify God. Learn More...

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Stahl-Conrad Homestead

  • Address: 9724 W. Forest Home Ave., Hales Corners
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m.

The house is a gabled-ell with a two-story, Cream City brick veneered wing. The single-story wing and its additions are clad in beveled wood siding with corner board trim. A milk house and a portion of the original barn also remain. It is now owned by a local historical society. Visitors will be given guided tours pointing out the architectural features of the buildings as well as explaining the history of the property. The barn will contain an exhibit of old farm equipment and tools. Another feature of the tour will be the examples of pre-settlement landscapes that are being created on the property---a prairie garden, woodland garden and an oak savanna, and an explanation of how these elements fit into the broader landscape. Learn More...

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State Street Bascule Bridge FAMILY PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 100 E. State Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m.

The State Street 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: Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sunday 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Summerfield Church is a German Gothic Revival style built in 1904 by the architecture firm of Turnball & Jones of Elgin, Illinois. The gothic church, with its 73-foot-tall (22m) bell tower, was constructed using sandstone and limestone. The first service in the new and current structure was held on October 8, 1905. The cost with pews and furnishings was about $51,000. The large Nativity Window on the east side of the church is a memorial window. In 1919, Goodwill Industries of Wisconsin was founded in the basement of this location. The sanctuary will be open for viewing, with docents available to answer questions and give historical information about the church. Please be sure to walk to the front of the sanctuary so you can see both the stained-glass skylight and the window that faces Juneau Avenue Learn More...

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  • Address: 2059 S. 20th Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m. and Sunday NOT OPEN

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 Bricks (Flux Design)

  • Address: 811 E. Vienna Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Bricks serves as the hub for Milwaukee’s Creative District. Sharing the space are Big MPG and Flux Design. Flux Design was featured on DIY Network’s Made In Milwaukee, and has worked in over 100 bars and restaurants throughout the nation. Visitors to Flux Design’s space will get a firsthand look into one of Milwaukee’s most dynamic and innovative companies. Moving from the front office to The Hangar to our Design Studio, you’ll see how our projects get started. From there, our Metal Shop and our Wood Shop will give you an insight as to how this collection of artists, builders, makers and creators continue to help put Milwaukee on the map. BLOCK PARTY! Saturday, 12noon- 5 p.m. during Doors Open: Riverworks Week presents the Creative District Alive Block Party. The Riverworks Business Improvement District is filled with artists, makers and other creative producers. Representatives from the studios- Nut Factory, located within the block party, and the Toy Factory (3707 N. Richards) along with various other local folks will be on site for a Maker's Fair style scene. Learn More...

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The Factory

  • Address: 1223 S. 23rd Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Sunday NOT OPEN

If you have a Doors Open Milwaukee t-shirt from past years, it was printed here! And if you don’t, there is a fantastic new shirt for Doors Open Milwaukee 2015: http://www.doorsopenmilwaukee.org/t-shirts-and-merchandise/ Come see where the magic happens. This beautiful, old factory building was built in 1894 as National Straw Works Company, which main product was producing straw hats. The building has three-phase grounded B electricity, which was invented in WWII and usually seen only in the rust belt. This solid, old building full of wood floors and thick beams now houses a bevy of skilled craftsmen and women: from artists to woodworkers, musicians to upholsterers and printers. Not generally open to the public, come take a peek inside at all of the action during Doors Open Milwaukee. Tours are self-guided. Learn More...

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The North End

  • Address: 1551 N. Water Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p..m. and Sunday NOT OPEN

A neighborhood by design. The North End is built on the remediated Pfister & Vogel Tannery site, its location landmarked by the historic Water Tower on Water & Pleasant. Offering a variety of luxury apartment homes, residents enjoy luxury inside and out. Apartments are all condo-level with the highest level finishes and energy efficiencies. Step out of an apartment home and enjoy the amazing game room, courtyard terrace with outdoor kitchen, clubroom with theater screening and fitness studio. Don’t forget to visit Denim Park, where the North End offers a live music series Wednesday evenings in the summer months. 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 10 a. m.-5 p.m.

Made up of four buildings aging back as far as the late 1800's, this site has been used for a number of different purposes over the years — from Bread Bag Printing Company to Obama Campaign Headquarters. The Pitch Project now houses 22 artist studios and a 2,000 sq ft contemporary art gallery. The public will be allowed to wander around the building and visit with resident artists as well as experience the current art show in the gallery. Learn More...

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Thurston Woods (Agape Community Center)

  • Address: 6100 N. 42nd Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. and Sunday NOT OPEN Last admittance 1 p.m.

Visitors will learn about unique, historic homes and the diverse array of architecture. Highlights include: the oldest surviving hand-hewn log cabin in Milwaukee; Mayor Henry Maier's former home, and his tradition of singing and dancing the polka at Smith Park; and many expertly crafted homes by Lange Brothers Woodwork. Visitors will also learn about the transitional history of the former city of Granville Thurston Forest to the beloved Thurston Woods in Milwaukee. The tour also includes areas of Old North Milwaukee and several neighborhood churches. Agape will prepare materials and cooperation among homeowners to prepare a self-guided walking tour. Learn More...

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

  • Address: 1046 N. 9th Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p..m. 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 be able to browse on their own, or have a narrated tour. The organ can be heard from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Learn More...

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Tripoli Shrine Center

  • Address: 3000 W. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m.

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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Turner Hall

  • Address: 1034 N. 4th St. (between W. State St. and W. Highland Ave., across from BMO Harris Bradley Center)
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a..m.-2 p.m. Last admittance 1:45 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Last admittance 1:45 p.m.

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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U.S. Bank Center — Observation Deck FAMILY PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 777 E. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Last admittance 4:15 p.m.

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: Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday NOT OPEN

Come check out the Urban Ecology Center’s Menomonee Valley branch! Designed by Uihlein-Wilson Architects with input from MIAD and UWM students, the building was a finalist for the Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation in 2013. It has many unique features, including geothermal heating, solar hot water, radiant floor heat, and many reclaimed and sustainable building materials. Every piece of the building has its 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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UWM / EMS – College of Engineering & Applied Science

  • Address: 3200 N. Cramer
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

UWM's College of Engineering & Applied Science building serves 2,000 engineering students, 400 at the graduate level. 3D print your kinetic energy; tour our foundry. A rare site in a US university, it serves as training ground for Materials Engineers developing new and sustainable materials for everything including self-healing metals used in the automotive markets. Visit Wisconsin’s largest structural testing facility where performance testing is made on materials, components and systems for buildings, bridges, factories, machinery, automotive, aerospace, and other structures. There’s more displays and interactive experiences from Engineering and Computer Science researchers in this rare behind the scenes look at one of the areas best-kept secrets. Learn More...

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UWM Innovation Accelerator Building

  • Address: 1225 Discovery Way, Watertown Plank Road just east of I94
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Just across the street from the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center is UW-Milwaukee’s new 72-acre, next-generation research park, where UW-Milwaukee scientists collaborate and share ideas with nearby medical professionals. The aim is to build products that solve healthcare problems and then bring them to the marketplace. The first building on the grounds opened in the spring of 2014 and features a rapid prototyping center for use by both UW-Milwaukee faculty and research and business partners. Simulate a plane in a virtual reality experience at UWM’s biosensor lab. Check out our rapid prototyping center used by UW-Milwaukee College of Engineering & Applied Science’s researchers, students and business partners. Meet with scientists who are working on some of the world’s most pressing problems from diabetes, to blindness, organ transplants, Alzheimers and eBola, developing water sensors and ergonomic applications. This is a rare behind-the-scenes experience. You’ll see inside our labs including a “clean lab” and be amazed at the equipment including diagnostic imaging equipment scaled for engineering research. Learn More...

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UWM University Services Research Building

  • Address: 115 East Reindel Way (1st and Capitol)
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

UW-Milwaukee’s USR (University Service and Research Building), 115 East Rindell Way (1st and Capital) served as home for Square D and Reindl Bindery before UW-M’s 2005 purchase. Today, a field of solar panels greets visitors and a 100-foot-high, 10-kilowatt wind turbine erected in 2014, stands tall dotting the sky as a sign of a revolutionary changes taking place through cutting-edge, impactful engineering research at USR -- research that engages students as they are brought up to be the next generation of Milwaukee Engineers in fields such as energy to biomechanics. The labs in Sustainable Electrical Energy Systems Center are where researchers are working to make energy sources like natural gas, solar cells and even wind turbines more cost-efficient and ensuring compatibility with the nation’s electrical grid. UWM researchers are paving the way for microgrids to enter a $3 billion market. Visitors will also see where researchers use a variety of high-tech equipment to study body mechanics and worker safety developing new ways of working to ensure worker safety. Learn More...

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Vanguard Sculpture Services

  • Address: 3374 W. Hopkins Avenue (from Capitol Dr. go N. on 34th to Hopkins)
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Main building style is Art Deco, built in 1937 Brick (Masonry and Concrete.) It was renovated in 1955 with the addition of a 2nd floor office. In 2012, the first floor offices were renovated into a 1000 sq. ft. art gallery and showroom. The Crain bay addition was built in 1945. In 1998, the building was purchased by five artists, and is currently still held by two of the five — Michael P. Nolte and Beth Sahagian Allsopp, who own and operate Vanguard Sculpture Services. Fine art bronze casting and sculpture restoration is the primary business. In 2012, an art gallery was built in part of the original building. The gallery features contemporary art with an emphasis on cast metal sculpture. Enter through an intimate contemporary art gallery space and view the latest art exhibition, where you can meet and speak with the artists. Enjoy some light refreshments while touring the sculpture production facility. See the latest projects and talk to the workers as they explain the process of casting bronze sculpture. Learn More...

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W. Ben Hunt Cabin

  • Address: 5885 S. 116th Street, Hales Corners
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Inspired by stories of early log cabin days, W. Ben Hunt decided to build his own cabin behind his home in Hales Corners in 1923. Ben created a living memorial to those early days, and then went on to teach rustic woodworking and Indian lore to others from his cabin/workshop. The Hales Corners Historical Society saved the Cabin in 1986 by moving it to its present site next to the Hales Corners Library. In his lifetime, W. Ben Hunt (1888-1970), would produce approximately 20 books and over 1,000 magazine articles. This body of work has been translated into 17 languages, a tribute to Ben’s skill and ability to share his knowledge and enthusiasm with other cultures. The cabin contains an extensive collection of Ben Hunt’s paintings, drawings, whittlings, and Native American crafts, it stands as a memorial to the man who built it and then went on to teach, write and work here. Learn More...

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Walker’s Point Center for the Arts

  • Address: 839 S. 5th Street
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

WPCA's gallery will feature their Annual Members Show with over 150 pieces in various media and by more than 80 emerging to esteemed local artists. The artwork is displayed salon style, creating an exuberant display of color, texture, form and flow. Docent led tours of the exhibitions and facility will be provided at the start of each hour. Visitors of all ages can make (and take home) artwork in our art classroom space. Learn More...

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War Memorial Center

  • Address: 750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Last admittance 1:30 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m.

The War Memorial Center is the stunning architectural achievement of renowned Finnish American architect Eero Saarinen. It stands as southeast Wisconsin’s most visible tribute to those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Visitors will see the new WMC Mobile Tour brought to life with guides, historians and veterans leading tours every 30 minutes. Come touch a steel beam from the World Trade Center destroyed on 9/11. Hear the story of how the beam came to Milwaukee. Reenactors, face painters, and bagpipers will be on hand as kids discover the War Memorial on a "history hunt." See our Wooden Military Figure Collection, a fascinating look at the evolution of the United States military. See our extensive War Poster Collection, an incredible collection of original American, British and French WWI and WWII posters. Rarely seen archive materials of the building of the War Memorial will also be on display. We can't wait to show you around Milwaukee County's War Memorial. Learn More...

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Wauwatosa Cemetery Chapel

  • Address: 2405-2485 Wauwatosa Avenue (N. 76th Street)
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:45 p.m. and Sunday NOT OPEN

The chapel, originally the First Baptist Church, was built in 1852 and stood on the SW corner of North Ave. and Wauwatosa Ave. The minister, Enoch Underwood, a well known abolitionist, and his family were involved in the Underground Railroad. By 1888 a bigger church was built, and first church was sold and became an armory for the Wauwatosa Light Guard, a patriotic and social club. The Guard disbanded in 1914 and the building was moved into the cemetery to become a cemetery chapel. It functioned as a chapel until the 1980's when it became a storage place for cemetery equipment. Cemetery Trustees are conducting a capital campaign to restore the building as a cemetery chapel once again. Visitors will see the original interior of the church and sanctuary almost as it was built in 1852. Tours of the historic Wauwatosa Cemetery will be conducted by Very Rev. Steven Peay, Dean and President of Nashotah House Seminary, and a noted historian, and his wife, Julie Peay. Tours will begin at the chapel at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Learn More...

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We Energies Public Service Building

  • Address: 231 W. Michigan Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Last admittance 3:45 p.m.

Construction of the Public Service Building began in 1902, and electric interurban trains rolled through it three years later. Learn how the building played an important role in changing Milwaukee with trains, busses, appliances, electricity, natural gas and steam heat. Visitors will tour the ornate lobby, corporate conference center and 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. Informational handouts and the 2014 Cookie Book will be available for visitors. Normally not open to the public, visitors can take self-guided tours of what the Street Railway Journal noted in 1906 as a building noteworthy "for its attractiveness and taste of its architecture, the beauty of its interior decoration, and the thoroughness of all of its appointments." Visitors will see the grand marble lobby and staircase, adorned with a Tiffany window, along with the art-deco auditorium. Volunteers will be on-hand to provide history of the company and the building, along with a presentation in the auditorium. Learn More...

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Weld Guy

  • Address: 5253 N. 31st Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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 — Weld Guy designs and fabricates steel sculpture and furniture. Some of the area restaurants and business that he has done interior work are: Harley Davidson Motor restaurant, museum lobby, and corporate headquarters, Cubanitas, Indulge Wine Room and Central Standard Kraft Distillery. 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 and Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Daniel Wells, who was reported to be the wealthiest man in Wisconsin at the time, completed the Wells Building in 1902. 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. Today, the building houses modern office space and serves as the region’s telecommunications hub, boasting the densest concentration of fiber optic infrastructure in Wisconsin. Visitors will be able to view 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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Wells Street Vertical Lift Bridge FAMILY PASSPORT SITE

  • Address: 101 E. Wells Street
  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m.

Wells Street Vertical Lift Bridge is one of only nine bridges that share design features found nowhere else. The City of Milwaukee developed the towerless vertical lift bridge in the 1960's. These structures combine selected advantages of both types of bridges in locations where requirements for raised vertical clearances are limited. The clean lines associated with a girder-type bascule are combined with the functionality associated with a single movable span and hydraulic operation. Blocking of the roadways on both sides of the channel is also accomplished without additional powered mechanisms. See how a bridge works from a bridge operator's perspective. There will be 2-3 openings per hour during the event. Learn More...

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Whitnall Park Lutheran Church

  • Address: 5847 Lilac Lane, Hales Corners
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 12:30 p.m.-5 p.m.

Built in 1941-42, Whitnall Park Lutheran Church is constructed of Lannon stone, and was designed by architects Grunwaldt & Wegne. The design of Whitnall Park Lutheran Church was inspired by English Country Garden architecture. Its modern Gothic influences include the pointed window and door, the abbreviated buttressing, and the original altar. Designed to fit a residential setting, the location also features blossoming trees lining the entry to Whitnall Park and the Boerner Botanical Gardens. Tours of the church facility will be on-going and photo displays related to the history of the church, the original Janesville Plank Road (Forest Home Ave.), and the Farmer’s Markets of the 1940s and 1950s will be on-site. Learn More...

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  • Address: 5601 W. Florist Avenue
  • Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 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 also is the publisher of the industry’s most complete annual product reference book, as well as the producer of some of the finest branded products in the industry, including: WalthersPROTO, WalthersMAINLINE, WalthersTRAINLINE and Cornerstone. Discover the history, experience the fun! The Wm. K. Walthers, Inc. 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: Saturday NOT OPEN and Sunday 12noon-5 p.m. Last admittance 4:30 p.m.

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. Housed in an elegant Italian Renaissance clubhouse designed by well-known Milwaukee architectural firm of Ferry and Clas, the original building was a two-story structure forty-five by eighty-five feet, with a basement dedicated to practical purposes. The first floor held a large club parlor, a club library, a committee room and an entrance hall. On the second floor, reached by a pair of staircases on either side of the entrance hall, was the large assembly hall. On a short tour, see the handsome interior and tasteful furnishings of this 1887 building. Tinted walls, rugs, draperies, pictures and furniture reminiscent of the past are artistic and note the delicate harmony of tone and coloring. Visitors will be offered a rare, inside experience Learn More...