Glance at Yesteryear: The Pfister

The Pfister
The Pfister Courtesy of the Milwaukee Public Museum

Last updated on March 17th, 2020 at 01:38 pm

This undated photo shows the Pfister Hotel from along East Wisconsin Avenue. The hotel opened in 1893 and cost nearly $1 million to build, around $28 million today. A 23-story guest room tower was added in the 1960s after the hotel was bought by Ben Marcus at auction in 1962. Today, the hotel has 307 guest rooms, a 275-car parking ramp and 25,000 square feet of banquet and convention facilities.

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