DOORS OPEN MILWAUKEE is a free, community-wide event that gives architecture buffs a chance to explore some of the city’s most beautiful buildings, and it’s coming back to town this weekend, Sept. 28-29.
We asked architect Brian Hatzung, a principal with Zimmerman Architectural Studios who also serves on the board of directors for Historic Milwaukee Inc., for his must-hit list.
Milwaukee City Hall is an iconic landmark with a beautiful interior atrium, well worth the visit.
If you haven’t been to the Oriental Theatre, take the opportunity to check it out. A theater truly worthy of the movies!
Northwestern Mutual Tower
Northwestern Mutual Tower, top floor observation lounge. If for no other reason, spectacular views of the city. Great contemporary architecture, wonderful public spaces and a history of the company add value to the stop on your tour.
U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building
Doors Open gives you the opportunity to see behind the granite facade of the U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building, which isn’t widely open to the public.
Zimmerman Architectural Studios and City Lights Brewing
The Zimmerman Architectural Studios and City Lights Brewing campus. It’s a slightly self-serving recommendation, but you won’t be disappointed! Enjoy a neck-bending view of an industrial cathedral like no other. While you’re there, visit 4 Seasons Skatepark and City Lights for a glimpse into more of the Milwaukee Gas Light Company operation.
Photos courtesy of: Visit Milwaukee; Randy Sherkenbach; U.S. General Services Administration
Lindsey Anderson covers culture for Milwaukee Magazine. Before joining the MilMag team she worked as an editor at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and wrote freelance articles for ArtSlant and Eater.
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