The Pabst Mansion
Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion, Inc., a registered non-profit organization located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates a vital house museum that preserves the legacy of the Pabst family and their impact on the citizens, history, and culture of the Greater Milwaukee community.
When Captain Frederick Pabst, Milwaukee's famed beer baron, began construction of a new mansion for his family in 1890, he could not have anticipated that it would survive and thrive into the twenty-first century as a testament to America's Gilded Age. Designed by George Bowman Ferry and Alfred Charles Clas, construction at 2000 Grand Avenue lasted two years and was completed in July of 1892 at a cost of just over $254,000 -- including the house, furnishings and artwork. As leading figures in Milwaukee society, Captain Pabst and his wife, Maria, became consummate art collectors, filling their mansion with priceless treasures. During the years of the Pabst family's ownership, the house was the scene of many fine parties and receptions, a wedding and, in the end, Captain and Mrs. Pabst's funeral.
After the Pabst descendants sold the house in 1908, it became the archbishop's residence and the center of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee for more than sixty years. When it was sold in 1975, the mansion was nearly torn down to make way for a parking lot. After a three-year crusade for its preservation, it was spared demolition and went on to become an award-winning house museum. The Mansion was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. Open to the public since 1978, revenues for the Pabst Mansion's continued success and ongoing restoration are garnered from admissions, sales, events, grants, donations and memberships.
The Pabst Mansion remains a constant on the Milwaukee landscape as generations have come and gone. Surviving papers and photographs detailing the life of this house give us an unusually full view of the life of the Pabst. It is simply an organized pile of bricks, wood and terra cotta, yet the Pabst Mansion has always had a life of its own. As the world continues to change, the Pabst Mansion will serve as an active participant that represents the best of the 19th century in the 21st.
The Pabst Mansion is a must see in Milwaukee! It is especially lovely during Christmas when it is all decked out. There is limited parking in the lot next to the mansion but there is additional parking across the street which is also free. Certain times they do guided tours of the basement and attic which are areas usually not open to the general public. I believe this is the nicest Mansion in The Midwest. They did a great job of restoring and preserving.
We visited right before Christmas. House was absolutely gorgeous. Very few other people were there. . .the staff was very informative. Had a wonderful day. Definitely want to redo this in the spring.
We were there for their annual Christmas themed decorations. You not only get to see a classic mansion, you experience the glory days in it's holiday majesty. All the antique rooms and decor with Christmas trees and custom decorations put together with painstaking effort together with volunteers present on every floor to answer your questions or to explain the background. Great experience.
The tour of The Pabst Mansion was well worth the trip and money. The volunteer guide was incredibly knowledgeable and we left the mansion with so much interesting information about the Pabst family and their business.
The mansion was decorated for Christmas and quite lovely. Docents posted in various rooms gave helpful historic information. My first visit to this historic home