George Brumder, a prominent Milwaukee business leader, built this majestic brick home in 1910 on Milwaukee’s then Grand Avenue, for his son and daughter-in-law George and Thekla Brumder. Among the Brumder family interests were the Germania Publishing Company, founded to accommodate the needs of Milwaukee’s large German population for books, magazines and newspapers in their own language. The copper-clad domes of his Germania building (152 W. Wells St.), were dubbed “Kaiser’s helmets.”
Brumder’s mansion, designed in the English Arts & Crafts style by architect H.P. Schnetzky & Sons, also blends Victorian and Gothic elements. All common rooms are graced with massive oak fireplaces, exquisite woodwork and beautiful antiques. The formality of the interior contrasts with the home’s relaxed, friendly atmosphere, making it a very pleasant bed & breakfast setting (named 1 of the 10 most romantic inns in America). The bed & breakfast features six beautiful rooms and suites, most with whirlpools, marble showers, and fireplaces.
Mr. Brumder chose to put his ballroom in the basement instead of the third floor. Over the years, this area has had multiple incarnations as a billiards room, a speakeasy during Prohibition, a recreation room, and a Christian music club. It is now an intimate licensed theater with events scheduled throughout the year.
About the Tour
When: Saturday, June 17th, 2017 10AM--5PM
Where: Tour headquarters is Greater Utopian Pentecostal, 2925 W State St.
Cost: $17 in advance. $20 day of event.
Phone: 414.459.9375 Website: www.hcni.org/home-tour
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