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Captain Frederick Pabst

(1836 – 1904)

 
 
Captain Frederick Pabst Marker image. Click for full size.
June 6, 2008
1. Captain Frederick Pabst Marker
Inscription. Of German birth, Pabst became a ship's captain in the 1850s and moved to Milwaukee in the 1860s. He later joined his father-in-law's brewery (founded 1844), which was renamed the Pabst Brewery in 1889. By the 1890s it was the world's largest lager beer brewery, and he was Milwaukee's leading citizen.

The Captain's elegant Flemish Renaissance Revival mansion was designed by George Bowman Ferry and constructed on fashionable Grand Avenue 1890-93. Its pavilion housed the Pabst Brewery exhibit at the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893. Between 1908 and 1975 five Catholic archbishops resided here. In 1978 Wisconsin Heritages, Inc., purchased the property.

Pabst also erected the city's first skyscraper (1891-92), rebuilt the Pabst Theater (1895), operated the Whitefish Bay Resort, headed the Wisconsin National Bank, owned a local hotel and many saloons, a hops farm and street railway in Wauwatosa, and hotels and restaurants elsewhere in the nation.
 
Erected 1992 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 311.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 43° 2.331′ N, 87° 56.298′ W. Marker is in Milwaukee
The Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion image. Click for full size.
June 6, 2008
2. The Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion
, Wisconsin, in Milwaukee County. Marker is on West Wisconsin Avenue west of North 20th Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2000 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee WI 53233, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. At the State Fair on these Grounds (approx. half a mile away); Roman Catholic Church of the Gesu (approx. 0.6 miles away); Mabel Wanda Raimey (approx. 0.6 miles away); Historic Milwaukee (approx. mile away); Saint James Court (approx. 0.8 miles away); St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); Central Library (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Historic Milwaukee (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Milwaukee.
 
Also see . . .  The Pabst Mansion. "...when funding did not materialize, it was sold to a party with the intention of demolishing the house for a parking structure." (Submitted on June 12, 2008.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable BuildingsNotable Persons
 
Frederick Pabst Mansion Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, August 18, 2011
3. Frederick Pabst Mansion Plaque
City of Milwaukee Landmarks Commission Plaque
Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, August 18, 2011
4. Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion
National Register of Historic Places Plaque
 
 
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