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Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion
  • Address:
    2000 W. Wisconsin Ave.
  • Taxkey:
    3891852000
  • Architect:
    Ferry & Clas
  • Architectural Style:
    Flemish Renaissance
  • Status:
  • Assessment:
    Tax-Exempt
  • Year Built:

Historic mansion built for Captain Frederick Pabst and his wife Maria Best Pabst in 1892. Mansion has approximately 20,000 square-feet of space. It has been operated as a house museum since 1978.

In 1975, the home was proposed to be demolished, with the land used as a parking lot for a nearby hotel. That proposal did not advance, and that hotel is now Marquette University‘s Mashuda Hall.

A Pabst structure from the 1893 World Columbian Exposition in Chicago now serves as the main entrance to the house and is affixed to the home’s eastern edge.

Designed by Ferry & Clas.

According to H. Russell Zimmerann‘s The Heritage Guidebook…

“Milwaukee’s most important residential landmark was built at the time when Pabst became president of the family brewery and its name was changed from Best to the Pabst Brewing Company. Architect George Bowman Ferry (of Ferry & Clas) drew the plans for this distinguished Flemish Renaissance mansion. Its handsomely proportioned facade, with corbie-stepped gables, is made of pressed tan brick on a Wauwatosa limestone foundation. The strapwork ornament is executed in matching terra-cotta and the red pantile roof is trimmed with copper rainwater heads and downspouts. The conservatory on the east end of the house was originally an exhibit pavilion for the display of Pabst Brewing Co. products (most likely at the World Columbian Exposition in Chicago, 1893). Made almost entirely of terra-cotta, the baroque design is ornamented with beer steins, barley, and hop vines and was designed by architect Otto Strack. Both inside and out, the house is in a remarkably unspoiled condition.

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Building data on this page, including assessment information, was last updated on April 28, 2019

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