Family Vacations in Wisconsin

Family Vacations in Wisconsin: Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion

In 1889, Milwaukee architect George Bowman Ferry was commissioned to design the Pabst Mansion.

The front of the Pabst Mansion in Milwaukee is a looming gate reminiscent of a Renaissance fort. The heavy, square architecture was patterned after the 16th-century palaces and fortresses in Flanders, Belgium. Today, Pabst Mansion is called "the Finest Flemish Renaissance Revival Mansion in America." The magnificent mansion was the 1892 creation of the prolific Frederick Pabst, whose many titles during his lifetime included sea captain, beer baron, real estate mogul, philanthropist, and patron of the arts. Not only does the architecture harken back to the Renaissance, the custom furniture and art do, too.

In 2005, 11 paintings that had been part of Pabst's original collection were repurchased and returned to the property. With 37 rooms, 12 baths, and 14 fireplaces, the mansion lives up to its name. In its time, the house was a hi-tech marvel featuring electricity, plumbing for 9 bathrooms, and 16 thermostats. The foyer and massive wood-carved Grand Stair Hall are breathtaking.

Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion Information

Address: 2000 W. Wisconsin Ave

Milwaukee, WI

Telephone: 414/931-0808

Hours of Operation:

  • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Sat.
  • 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Sun.
  • Mid Jan. - Feb., Closed Mon.

Admission: $8 adults; $4 kids

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