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After earning his title piloting a riverboat steamer and his fortune building a beer empire, Captain Frederick Pabst had a mansion built in the heart of Milwaukee and lived there for less than twenty years. Built in 1892 during the height of the American Gilded Age, the house is reflective of the era's opulence, sporting almost 70 rooms and 14 different fireplaces.
After the Captain passed away, the mansion was purchased by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in 1908, where it served as a home for Catholic archbishops for the next sixty years. A preservation group bought the property from the church in 1975, saving it from plans to demolish the building in favor of a parking garage for a nearby hotel.
The Pabst family used their fortune to collect a huge amount of art and decorative objects, many of which are still visible in the mansion today. For those that really want to dig deep on the Pabst beer history, the family archives are available to peruse, but by appointment only.
Tours of the mansion are available between January and November, with the final guided tour of the day beginning at 3:00. Between November and January, the mansion redecorates for the holiday season, opening three floors to general admission to savor the even greater opulence.
Photos courtesy of the Pabst Mansion.