Building Info

  • Address:
    144 E. Wells St.
  • Taxkey:
  • Architect:
    Otto Strack
  • Architectural Style:
    Renaissance Revival
  • Status:
  • Assessment:
    Tax-Exempt
  • Year Built:

Historic theater in downtown Milwaukee now used primarily as a venue for touring musical artists. Managed by the Pabst Theater Group, which also manages Riverside Theater and Turner Hall.

The Cudahy Pub on the east side of the building was added in the early 2000’s.

From Guides to Historic Milwaukee: Juneautown Walking Tour by Mary Ellen Pagel and Virginia Palmer (1965)…

When the second theater on this site was destroyed by fire, Frederick Pabst commissioned his architect to design a new theater more sumptuous than either of its predecessors. Until World War I, German dialogue plays were featured here, and the rich cultural offrings of the Pabst Theater helped Milwaukee to earn the title “the German Athens of the Midwest.” Until the 1930’s the Pabst Theater Café stood just east of the theater on Wells Street.

Activity

IDDateTypeDescription
PWEU-16-022942016/10/26Permit
ROW Excavation Utility.
11848392016/07/20Permit
Elevator-Repair
117368512015/10/06Violation
FIRE PREVENTION
~~Exit signs shall be illuminated
~~IBC 1007.6.1 .. SIZE\.. Each area of refuge shall be sized to accomodate one wheelchair space of 30 inches by 48 inches for each 200 occupants or portion thereof, based on the occupant load of the area of refuge and areas served by the area of refuge. Such wheelchair spaces shall not reduce the required means of egress width. Access to any of the required wheelchair spaces in an area of refuge shall not be obstructed by more than one adjoining wheelchair space.(BASEMENT LEVEL- REMOVE STORAGE FROM AREA OF REFUGE DESIGNATED AS WHEELCHAIR SPACE). / MCO 214-3 /
116551512015/08/22Violation
FIRE PREVENTION
~~IFC 1027.13.. STAIRWAY HANDRAILS\.. Stairways shall have handrails on at least one side. Handrails shall be located so that all portions of the stairway width required for egress capacity are within 44 inches of a handrail\.. EXCEPTION: Aisle stairs provided with a center handrail are not required to have additional handrails.. \.. / MCO 214-3 /
~~IFC 1027.13.1.. HEIGHT\.. Handrail height, measured above stair tread nosings, shall be uniform, not less than 30 inches and not more than 42 inches. / MCO 214-3 /
~~IFC 1025.13.1.. DISCONTINUOUS HANDRAILS\.. Where there is seating on both sides of the aisle, the handrails shall be discontinuous with gaps or breaks at intervals not exceeding five rows to facilitate access to seating and to permit crossing from one side of the aisle to the other. These gaps or breaks shall have a clear width of at least 22 inches and not greater than 36 inches, measured horizontally, and the handrail shall have rounded terminations or bends. / MCO 214-3 /
~~IFC 1025.13.2
==Truncated==
7696752015/08/15New Service Request
No handrails on mezzanine level
7673412015/07/29New Service Request
Inside theatre, upper balcony, no hand rails.
11433142015/04/30Permit
Plumbing-Repair
11348992015/01/24Permit
Fire Suppression r
11283102014/11/10Permit
Low Voltage-New Install
11274312014/10/31Permit
Electrical-Alteration
111125312014/10/23Violation
~~~~~~Perform dry standpipe 1hr hydrostatic test 200psi
110536212014/08/27Violation
FIRE PREVENTION
      Post occupancy certificate
      Provide record of emergency power system
      Remove obstruction from hallway(s)
      Discontinue the use of illegal extension cords
      Provide approved exhaust ducts
      Provide approved storage of combustible materials
      Maintain fire safety and/or evacuation plan
      Fire doors must be closed at all times
7240882014/06/25New Service Request
GRAFFITI AROUND AND IN THE MENS RESTROOM AT BRADFORD BEACH
107850312014/04/08Violation
Electrical permit requiredReplace flex cords with fixed wiringQuadruple fee
7139832014/04/01New Service Request
GENERATOR WIRING WITHOUT PERMIT
103849612013/08/13Violation
FIRE PREVENTION
      Provide a certificate of critical exam for fire es
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