MILWAUKEE — Step inside some of Milwaukee's most historic and ornate buildings for this year's Doors Open. The event runs from Sept. 28-29.
Over 170 buildings in the Milwaukee Metro area are opening their doors for visitors to see a side of the city they often overlook. From historic buildings, design shops and museums, Doors Open MKE is a celebration of architecture, culture and history. Some buildings and businesses with have specific hours this event, so be sure to check the website before stopping by.
There will be over 35 ticketed tours all around the city, including opportunities to view the observation area of the Historic Clock Tower at Rockwell Automation and many more.
These are a few locations we think you can't miss:
Milwaukee's City Hall
Milwaukee's City Hall was constructed in 1895 and was the tallest building in Milwaukee until the First Wisconsin Center was built in 1973. That building is now the U.S. Bank Center. To tour the bell tower, you will need a free ticket that must be booked online in advanced.
Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons
Milwaukee's first "significant" building of this century was completed in 2017. The top-floor of the tower offers sweeping views of the city and Lake Michigan, providing some of the most unique photo opportunities of Milwaukee.
Basilica of St. Josaphat
One of the most iconic buildings south of downtown Milwaukee, the Basilica of St. Josaphat was made from materials of the demolished Chicago Federal Building. The Roman Catholic parish remains a testament to the faith of Polish immigrants who built it between 1896 and 1901.
Constructed in the 1890s, the Federal Courthouse on East Wisconsin Avenue is a Richardson Romanesque Revival. There will be various tours offered on Saturday. It's been noted that security may take 30-45 minutes to get through.
Built in 1893, the lavish hotel was billed the "Grand Hotel of the West" because it featured fireproofing, electricity throughout and individual thermostats in each room. The Pfister has seen major renovations throughout the years without losing its original charm and elegance.
Milwaukee Blacksmith is currently in the former Navy building at Nordberg. Visitors will step back in time to when iron workers used hand hammers and other tools to create iron work. There will be demos by Milwaukee Blacksmith family members and apprentices.
For a complete list of buildings and programs available, check out the Doors Open website.