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    Milwaukee Art MuseumMilwaukee Art Museum Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    Looking out over the vast blue green waters of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Art Museum rises like a unique space craft, but really began in 1872, when numerous organizations were founded so that they could bring an art gallery to the city, since this growing port town had little or no place to house or host major art exhibitions. During the previous nine years, every attempt had met failure, even though, the Exposition Hall would host such events in 1881, that was the city's main event venue, but sometime after that, Alexander Mitchell would donate all of her collections into building the city's first permanent art gallery. In 1882, the Milwaukee Museum of Fine Arts was founded, but would be closed down within six years, and then in 1888, a group of German panorama artists and local businessmen created the Milwaukee Art Institute, with its first home being the Layton Art Gallery. During 1911, the Milwaukee Art Institute, a different structure to house other exhibitions and collections would be finished, adjacent to the Layton gallery; and the Milwaukee Art Center that would grow into the Milwaukee Art Museum was the result of a merge between the two art galleries in 1957. It moved into a three story structure below the Eero Saarinen designed Milwaukee County War Memorial. Now, the museum contains more than 25,000 works with permanent holdings of old masters, post-1960 American art, 19th and 20th century artworks, American decorative arts, some of the country's best collections of German expressionism and folk and Haitian art. It also houses a big number of Georgia O'Keefe works, as well as Gabriele Munter, the German expressionist.

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    Pabst MansionPabst Mansion Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    The Pabst Mansion in Milwaukee, Wisconsin was the former home of Captain Frederick Pabst, the founder of the Pabst Brewing Company, who would commission local architect George Bowman Ferry to design a magnificent mansion in the Flemish renaissance revival style, and so, on June 27, 1890, a building permit would be issued for the construction of the large building to begin that would take two years to finish. The Pabst family would live in this unique house until 1908, when the archdiocese of Milwaukee would buy it, and for the next 67 years, five bishops and as many priests and sisters would live in the mansion, which is not quite the simple quarters that were necessary for the clergy to enjoy. In 1975, the archdiocese would put the mansion up for sale, hoping that a historic preservation group would buy it and then restore it to its pristine condition. Wisconsin Heritages, Inc. would buy the mansion in 1978, and open to the public in May of that same year, and it was a good thing since the mansion was actually going to be demolished by the city to make room for a parking structure. The mansion would be renamed to reflect the original owners in 1998 and it has become a marvelous mansion to tour, with so many outstanding and beautiful works and craftsmanship, that it takes some time to peruse the majestic mansion. The image above is the dining room in the mansion and you can see the opulence and extravagance that showcases this rich venue.

April 28, 2011