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Doors Open Milwaukee 2019


Do you love architecture and historic buildings but hesitate to spend your entertainment budget on the admission prices? Doors Open Milwaukee 2019 is this weekend, September 28th-29th and it's your chance to see over 170 Milwaukee area buildings for free. Doors Open was started in 2011 as a "2 day public celebration of art, architecture, culture and history." One of the best things about Doors Open is that many of the buildings don't typically allow public access. Here are some of our favorite destinations-


1. The Basilica of St. Josaphat


Modeled to be a smaller version of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and designed by architect Erhard Brielmaier, The Basilica of St. Josaphat is a sight to behold. Materials for The Basilica were sourced from Chicago's U.S. Post Office and Custom House which was being torn down during the time of construction. The interior features ornamental plaster work finished in gold leaf, beautiful stained glass covered windows and detailed murals. The crown jewel of the building is it's copper dome, which is one of the largest in the world.


2. Schuster Mansion Bed and Breakfast



Schuster Mansion was designed in 1891 by the architectural firm Crane and Barkhausen for tobacco industrialist George J. Schuster and his then wife, Nora. The mansion was built in the German Renaissance Revival Style with red sandstone, red brick and ornamental red terra cotta. Schuster Mansion is now operating as a museum and Bed and Breakfast. Visitors can also experience a traditional High, Low or Afternoon Tea Service.


3. Turner Hall


Turner Hall was designed by architect Henry C. Koch and built in 1882. Turner Hall's historical significance is it's association with the American Turners, who were a German-American athletic, cultural and political association. Built in the Romanesque Revival architectural style, the center of the building is a five-story pyramid capped tower. Turner Hall's Ballroom is it's most treasured feature. Now a favorite place for more intimate musical performances, it was named "Venue Of The Year" at The Wisconsin Area Music Awards in 2010.


4. Urban Ecology Center - Menomonee Valley


The Urban Ecology's Center - Menomonee Valley was designed by Uihlein Wilson architects and is a model of green building options and sustainable design. The space was once a vacant tavern and is now Urban Ecology Center, a place devoted to connecting people in cities with nature. There are two green roofs which help absorb rain run off into the nearby Menomonee River.


5. Frank Lloyd Wright's Burnham Block


Frank Lloyd Wright's Burnham Block is the only known grouping of Wright designed single family homes and duplexes. Located on the 2700 block of W Burnham St. the homes retain signature Wright design features including open porches, flat roofs, and horizontal lines. The single family home on the corner of W Burnham St. and Layton Blvd. has been renovated completely to it's original condition.


While we'll certainly be out and about this weekend during Doors Open 2019, you can always reach us for assistance. Email lifetimerealtygroup@kw.com or call (262)696-9884.



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