Building Info

Pfister Hotel
  • Address:
    424 E. Wisconsin Ave.
  • Taxkey:
  • Architect:
    H.C. Koch and Company
  • Architectural Style:
    Richardsonian Romanesque / Late Victorian
  • Status:
  • Assessment:
    $32,106,800 (2015)
  • Year Built:
  • Size:
    391,430 sq-ft

The Pfister Hotel is the most iconic hotel in Downtown Milwaukee. The luxury hotel includes 307 rooms. The hotel is owned by Marcus Corp.

In 1893 Guido Pfister and his son Charles opened , the “Grand Hotel of the West.”

In 1962 Ben Marcus purchased the hotel.

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

Now the oldest hotel on Wisconsin Avenue, the Pfister is the work of yet another distinguished local architectural firm. Late Victorian tastes are evident in its Richardsonian exterior and are echoed in the lobby’s furnishings, high gold-leafed ceilings, and potted palms. A gift of T. A. Chapman, the bronze lions guarding the stairway in the lobby were once so familiar a sight at the front entrance that they were dubbed Dick and Harry by Milwaukeeans. Like the recent addition to Northwestern National, the new wing of the Pfister is thoroughly modern in design yet harmonizes with the forms off the late 19th-century structure.

A large addition was completed in 1965. The addition was designed by Rasche, Schroeder, Spransy and Associates. The 1965 addition includes a 260 stall parking garage.

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Activity

IDDateTypeDescription
ELEC_BA-17-000142017/07/27Permit
Burglar Alarm Permit.
ELEV-17-000982017/07/20Permit
Elevator Permit.
ELEV-17-000962017/07/14Permit
Elevator Permit.
PWMH-17-003142017/06/27Permit
Meter Hood Requests.
PWOP-17-008792017/06/27Permit
ROW Occupancy Permit.
PBFS-17-005772017/06/22Permit
Plumbing-Fire Protection Permit.
PBFS-17-005612017/06/20Permit
Plumbing-Fire Protection Permit.
COM-RPR-17-000782017/06/16Permit
Commercial Repair Permit.
ELEC-17-035292017/06/16Permit
Electrical Permit.
ELEC-FA-17-001222017/05/10Permit
Fire Alarm Permit.
ELEC-FA-17-001202017/05/10Permit
Fire Alarm Permit.
HVAC-GEN-17-011122017/04/18Permit
HVAC General Permit.
PLB-17-014142017/04/07Permit
Building Plumbing Permit.
HVAC-GEN-17-010042017/04/06Permit
HVAC General Permit.
COM-ALT-17-002802017/04/06Permit
Commercial Alteration Permit.
PLB-17-013372017/04/01Permit
Building Plumbing Permit.
COM-ALT-17-002542017/03/28Permit
Commercial Alteration Permit.
PLB-17-003612017/01/28Permit
Building Plumbing Permit.
PBFS-17-000832017/01/27Permit
Plumbing-Fire Protection Permit.
HVAC-GEN-17-002692017/01/24Permit
HVAC General Permit.
ELEC-17-003462017/01/17Permit
Electrical Permit.
ENF-2016-067992016/12/16New Service Request
DNS Activity:Fire alarm report.
PWEU-16-023372016/11/02Permit
ROW Excavation Utility.
HVAC-GEN-16-001002016/10/25Permit
HVAC General Permit.
HVAC-GEN-16-000122016/10/25Permit
HVAC General Permit.
11902012016/09/15Permit
Plumbing-Alteration
11899782016/09/14Permit
Fire Alarm-Alteration
11899802016/09/14Permit
Electrical-New
11899842016/09/14Permit
Electrical-New
11899772016/09/14Permit
Electrical-New
122611312016/09/08Violation

~~Indoor Swimming Pool
~~~~Provide MSDS sheets for all pool chemicals
11891812016/09/02Permit
Elevator-Remod Passenger
11891822016/09/02Permit
Elevator-Remod Passenger
11891802016/09/02Permit
Elevator-Remod Passenger
11824212016/06/22Permit
Plumbing-Repair
120865812016/05/12Violation
FIRE PREVENTION
~~Provide clearance to electrical panels
~~Remove flammable decorations
~~Provide approved fire extinguishers
~~Mount fire extinguishers properly
~~Discontinue the use of illegal extension cords
~~Test monitored fire alarm system annually
~~Provide approved directional exit signs
~~Fire doors must be closed at all times
~~Swinging fire doors shall close from the full-open position and latch automatically. The door closer shall exert enough force to close and latch the door from any partially open position. Repair or replace defective fire doors. (STAIRWAY 22 DOOR, 14A DOOR, PAINT ROOM DOOR, BASEMENT DOOR TO CAFE BY COOLER, DOOR TO HR, 4TH FLOOR SOUTH-EAST PARKING GARAGE EXIT DOOR, 3RD FLOOR PARKING GARAGE VESTIBLE EXIT DOOR) / 214-3 /IFC 703.2.3 /
~~Provide documentation of the inspection, testing and maintenance of emergency and standby power systems. / 214-3 /
11689142016/01/30Permit
Elevator-Remod Passenger
11679942016/01/22Permit
Elevator-Remod Freight
118864912016/01/05Violation
FIRE PREVENTION
~~Correct exterior maintenance violations cited in the Facade Inspection Report submitted by RCL Engineering Group dated 08-31-2015 and provide a second report by a professional when the required work is completed. .. / MCO 275-32-13-i-2 /
118665412015/12/17Violation

~~Schedule appt for safety insp & renew certificate
11543052015/08/20Permit
Elevator-Remod Passenger
116187312015/07/31Violation
~~Submit facade critical exam report
115511312015/06/20Violation
~~Indoor Swimming Pool~~~~Provide red warning light for recirculation system
11478372015/06/17Permit
Plumbing-Alteration
114357812015/04/17Violation
FIRE PREVENTION
~~Provide a certificate of critical exam for fire es
114115712015/04/17Violation
FIRE PREVENTION
~~Provide clearance to electrical panels
~~Right of entry for required fire inspection
~~Replace missing fire exit sign
~~Maintain 18 inch minimum clearance under sprinkler
~~Remove flammable decorations
~~Remove obstruction from blocked aisle
~~Remove storage of combustible waste
~~Remove grease and dirt from exhaust hood system
~~Remove storage of combustible material under steps
~~Maintain minimum clearance between stock & ceiling
~~Repair or replace defective fire door assembly
~~Remove obstructions from fire exits
~~(K extinguishers).. A placard shall be conspicuously placed near the extinguisher that states that the fire protection system shall be activated prior to using the fire extinguisher. Mason Street back kitchen\.. / 214-3, IFC 906.2, NFPA 1 /
~~Employees shall receive training in fire safety and evacuation procedures as part of new employee orientation and at least annually thereafter. Provide records of this training for review. Include training on where the lower level kitchen hood fire suppresion pull station is located. / 214-3, IFC 406.2 /
~~Provide signage in the Lower level kitchen indicating where the fire suppresion pull station is located. / 214-3 /
~~Horizontal and vertical sliding and rolling fire doors shall be inspected and tested annually to confirm proper operation a
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113341112015/02/24Violation
~~Submit facade critical exam report
7490982015/02/13New Service Request
facade report overdue (was due 12/01/14)
11351552015/01/28Permit
Air Conditioning
11351562015/01/28Permit
Air Conditioning
11351542015/01/28Permit
Air Conditioning
7444352014/12/13New Service Request
PLEASE CONDUCT AN APIARY INSPECTION
111212712014/10/23Violation
~~~~~~Perform dry standpipe 1hr hydrostatic test 200psi
109434312014/06/27Violation
Sprinkler sys/equip shall be in operable condition
109191412014/06/12Violation
BEEKEEPING PERMIT REQUIRED. No person shall keep honey bees in the city without being a beekeeper and obtaining a valid permit issued by the commissioner. The permit process requires a completed application accompanied with a fee. / MCO 78-6 /
11083582014/04/28Permit
Fire Alarm-Alteration
107422412014/03/26Violation
Provide adequate lighting in hallwaysReplace missing cover on electric junction boxTest battery-operated smoke alarm annuallyReplace missing fire exit signProvide record of emergency power systemService fire extinguisher(s)Remove obstructions to access fire equipmentMaintain minimum clearance between stock & ceilingTest monitored fire alarm system annuallyRemove obstructions from fire exitsReplace defective door hardwareReplace or remove defective floor coveringFire drills are required quarterly on each shift for all employees. / IFC 405 /Provide effective measures to minimize the presence of cockroaches in the Carpenter shop air handler room & Lower Dish room. / DHS 195.15(3) /Clean debris from under the Employee restroom lockers, hallway lockers, lobby lounge furniture, the Pfister linen closet floors, Club lounge furniture & Blu furniture, / DHS 195.15(1) /Store containers of flammables located in the linen room in an approved fire cabinet. / DHS 195.14(1) /Store linens in the 4th floor Banquet linen store room in a sanitary manner. / DHS 195.11(5) /
11009152014/02/10Permit
Fire Suppression r
10988792014/01/15Permit
Fire Suppression r
101171812013/04/05Violation
FIRE PREVENTION
      Remove obstruction from blocked aisle
10682712013/04/02Permit
Fire Alarm-Repair
101092012013/04/02Violation
Indoor Swimming PoolProvide temperature gauges on inlet & dischargeRepair/replace drinking fountainProvide first-aid kit and two blanketsProvide a ring buoy with attached lineProvide weir doors to promote skimmingClean and rinse the pool deck & deck drains daily to prevent microbial growth and disinfect the pool deck at least weekly. / DHS 172.33(1)(b) /The pool shall be routinely brushed or vacuumed to keep the basin and surrounding appurtenances free of sediment, lint, hair, debris, algae and slime growth and discoloration. / DHS 172.33(1)(a) /Provide an approved hosebib in the pool area. / SPS 390.04 /
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