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The Pabst Mansion

2000 West Wisconsin Avenue


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.

Pabst Mansion

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.


Jeremy m

Thursday, July 26, 2018
Beautiful house. Its such a shame to think the whole street was covered with mansions at one time, and this one was almost tore down to build a parking lot for a holiday inn. As if that wasn't bad enough, they've had to spend countless dollars undoing awful design choices from the 60's when everyone decided to paint over wood work and wall paper. Its worth taking a tour at least to donate the money for restoration.

Scott Scanlon

Monday, July 23, 2018
The mansion is really nice. The tour was informative, and the gift shop has good stuff. The only suggestion I would have is to make the tours smaller, or when there are large amounts of people split the group up. It was difficult to see some of the rooms since they were small, and with 10 or more people it's a bit cramped.

Joy Crosser

Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018
Incredible workmanship in the house. A remarkable number of pieces that were original to the house. As the only mansion of its time open for viewing, it is a treasure.

Kristopher Good

Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018
Extensive tour with knowledge staff. The house restoration is 90% complete. Whether you like old mansions or have a passion for Captain Pabst's history, this is a great tour.

Jeff Faye

Sunday, July 29, 2018
Nice tour of the mansion. Worth the trip had an excellent docent 1 pm tour 7/27. Sorry didn't catch her name.

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