Sunday, September 23, 2012

Doors Open (DO) Milwaukee


This is the second year Milwaukee has hosted DO Milwaukee, a weekend where the general public can go on tours and visit buildings that are otherwise closed.  We went last year and saw about 15 different locations.  Today we were out and managed to see a few places before our 7 year old son had a meltdown.  We discovered Smyth, a great restaurant in the Iron Horse Hotel,  that does a Sunday brunch with an extremely unique menu crafted after Route 66 foods.  My husband had swordfish & mushroom risotto. I tried tiramisu pancakes.  On the buffet was duck sauce and fig biscuits.  Then of course you also have fresh squeezed juice, eggs any way you like them, fruits, and a variety of breads, cheeses, etc.  Wonderful!  We will be back!  If you are a Harley fan, this is a hotel that caters to bikers and includes bike parking and a place to hang your leathers.  It is just across the bridge from the Harley museum.  Pooches are welcome and are treated as VIPs.  The decor is interesting.  Most of the furniture is made with reclaimed industrial parts.  On the wall is an American flag made out of blue jeans!  Cool place. 
Can you see the jeans?

Ranked #1 in Milwaukee on tripadvisor

Interesting menu
Plenty of motorcycle parking


We also waited in line for 45 minutes to take an elevator inside the Allen Bradley clock tower.  This is the most scenic view you're going to get in Milwaukee.  US Bank building is higher but its windows are blocked by the US Bank signs so all you see are the corner windows.  From the clock you can see in all directions, including the Hoan bridge which is my husband's newest engineering project.  Huge chunks of it were falling so they are doing a renovation.  Omar loved the binoculars they provided.  It was the perfect kind of day for seeing the city!

You can see better with these binoculars
Allen Bradley Clock

downtown Milwaukee

Milwaukee Hoan bridge

We also took a peek at the Mackie building whose second floor is the grain exchange room with soaring ceilings, frescoes, marble...everything a gorgeous building needs!  Then went to the Wisconsin Club gazebo, the Denis Sullivan schooner, and the old Pabst brewery that is being renovated.  We toured a future hotel that will have the old brewery equipment in the center with skylights and rooms built around it.  Such vision they have for an old place.  Overall it was a great day. Thanks to all the volunteers and Historic Milwaukee, Inc. that made it possible.



lovely paintings everywhere in the Grain Exchange room

Mackie Building
Such detail in the ceiling
My niece sitting in Captain Pabst's old office
vats will be part of Brewhouse Inn & Suites 
Loved the rain gardens being installed in the brewery area




Denis Sullivan schooner


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