In 1890, president of Pabst Brewing Company and one of the city’s celebrated original beer barons, Captain Frederick Pabst, decided to build a grand home with his wife Maria. Completed just two years later, Pabst Mansion not only became one of the finer homes in the city but also the site of many Pabst family celebrations.
More than a century later, Pabst Mansion continues to be a sought-after venue for a variety of events from corporate celebrations to receptions to dinners. Attendees enjoy the Gilded Age architecture and Victorian décor on each of the mansion’s three floors and outside on its spacious front yard green space. Caterers specializing in authentic fare and performers playing period music are great ways to round out event-goers’ Pabst Mansion experience.
Overlooking Lake Michigan is a Mediterranean-style home turned museum, Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum. This is the former residence of A.O. Smith Corporation President Lloyd Raymond Smith and wife Agnes, a great admirer of architecture and design. Inspired following a family trip to Italy, Agnes commissioned renowned architect and Milwaukee-native David Adler to build the Smith family’s dream mansion. Villa Terrace was completed by 1923.
Today Villa Terrace offers an incredible spot for meetings and events. Inside the two-floor areas, guest can gather in the art and gallery spaces or the Great Hall with terrace access. Outside is the breath-taking Mercury Courtyard and Renaissance Garden, blooming with lush greenery, marble statues, and a grand staircase leading toward Lake Michigan below. Meetings, parties, corporate events, and receptions are right at home in Villa Terrace.
Charles Allis Art Museum
Industrialist Charles Allis and his wife Sarah were not just looking for a residence. They were looking for an exquisite home for their extensive art collection with the intention of bequeathing it all to the people of Milwaukee. Renowned architect Alexander Eschweiler completed the English Tudor-style mansion in 1911. Today, the Allis’ gift to the city they loved exists as Charles Allis Art Museum and a one-of-a-kind venue.
The Charles Allis mansion hosts intimate gatherings such as corporate retreats, receptions, and cocktail parties. Event space includes the mansion’s Great Hall, adjacent outdoor patio, and English Garden. With an in-house beverage program for bar service and a museum-approved list of caterers offering traditional and modern cuisine, an occasion at Charles Allis Art Museum keeps guests in awe long after the event has ended.
This German Renaissance Revival mansion has had many uses in its 128-year history. Built for tobacco industrialist George Schuster, this mansion became known as “The Red Castle” due to its composition of red sandstone, red brick, and red terra cotta trim. After years as luxury apartments, Schuster Mansion is now a bed and breakfast and popular tea spot in Milwaukee.
For planners, the mansion is a unique setting for smaller meetings and events. Schuster Mansion has hosted corporate events from trainings and office parties to wine tastings and dinners. Dining in the conservatory, library, and grand dining room takes an event from typical to extraordinary.
Another mansion turned bed and breakfast is Brumder Mansion, a blend of Victorian, English, gothic, and arts & crafts elements from style to décor. Built in 1910 by Milwaukee Businessman George Brumder for his oldest son, the brick home is not only a place for visitors to rest their heads, but also a place to have a party in style.
Memorable events are the mansion’s specialty, and you can add to the experience with a visit to the mansion’s live theater. Boasting an “if you can dream it, we can host it” attitude, Brumder Mansion is a venue for everything from seminars and receptions to fundraisers and benefits concerts.
About VISIT Milwaukee
VISIT Milwaukee is the Greater Milwaukee area’s convention & visitors bureau, marketing the destination as a top choice for business, convention, and leisure travel to national and international visitors to increase the economic impact of tourism in the region. Each year, tourism supports over 50,000 full-time jobs and brings in over $5 billion to the community. VISIT Milwaukee has over 680 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. The City of Wauwatosa, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino and the Wisconsin Center District are strategic partners with VISIT Milwaukee, providing funding support for conventions and tourism programs. For more information call 1-800-554-1448 or visit www.visitmilwaukee.org.