2016 BUILDINGS

Saturday, September 17th and Sunday, September 18th, 2016, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

How it works: 

  • Use the filter below to build your own itinerary.
  • No tickets necessary.
  • Start when and where you like.
  • Visits to any of the buildings and sites below are free of charge.
  • Free guided tours are often available.
  • Please click on the sites below to view extended details. 
  • Note: Like all sites, museums are free, unless otherwise described.

Hours: 

Many buildings and sites will be open for the entire DOORS OPEN MILWAUKEE event (Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18, 10am to 5pm). Others have restricted hours which are noted in the building listing.

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  • West Allis City Hall

    Constructed of reinforced concrete, this three-story, Contemporary-style governmental building is topped with a flat roof. Walls surfaces consists of scored concrete and sections of Minnesota granite and includes both tall-and-narrow windows, as well as larger expanses of glass. The two-story council chambers wing extends from the north side of the
    main building. We will allow visitors onto the roof of City Hall which will provide unique views of Downtown West Allis and the State Fair Grounds. Additionally, visitors will be able to enter the Common Council Chambers and be able to sit in the Mayor’s chair from which he presides over the Common Council. You will also be able to sit in the Common Council members seats where they sit during Public Hearings.

  • West Allis Farmers Market

    Established in approximately 1919, the West Allis Farmers Market has been a source of fine fresh produce for generations of families. Grandparents and parents have brought their children and relatives to shop at one of the largest, if not the oldest, established Farmers Markets in southeastern Wisconsin. One reason that the West Allis Market shines above the rest is that all the farmers at the market have to raise what they sell. If you want only the freshest produce grown in Wisconsin, shop the West Allis Farmers Market. The market is the largest open-air market in the Metropolitan Milwaukee area. Its initial establishment reflects the European practice of shopping daily in such markets that was familiar to many area residents. Visitors are encouraged to shop the market and enjoy what is the longest continuously run Farmers Market in Wisconsin.

  • West Allis Fire Administration Building and Fire Station 1 FAMILY PASSPORT SITE

    The Fire Administration Building was originally, Fire Station 1, which opened on October 4, 1930. It was designed and built by local contractor Martin Jezo. It served as a fire station until 2003 at which point construction of the new Fire Station 1 (located on the lot immediately to the east) was completed. Once the […]

  • West Allis Lodge

    The Masonic Temple, which was completed in 1930, has served West Allis masons for eighty-five years. Furthermore, the building–which continues to serve the Masons today–stands as a testimony to West Allis masonic history, as well as to the oldest fraternal organization in the United States. The structure’s Neoclassical Revival styling remains very well intact, as does the interior of the building. The interior of the building continues to retain its original spacing, as well as the vast majority of its features.

  • Wisconsin Black Historical Society

    The Museum exhibits, collects and disseminates materials depicting this heritage. Serving as a resource center for all people interested in Wisconsin’s rich African American heritage, the Museum’s purpose is to encourage and promote family community and cultural activities. Visitor will experience 30 minutes PowerPoint presentation about Wisconsin’s African American history spannign 1760 to 1980.

  • Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

    This neo-classical revival style mansion, completed in 1904, was home to industrialist Charles L. McIntosh;
    then linseed oil businessman William Osborne Goodrich prior to the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music
    in 1934. 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.

  • Woman’s Club of Wisconsin

    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. Visitors will be offered a rare, inside experience