Captain Frederick Pabst

Captain Frederick Pabst (HM581)

Location: Milwaukee, WI 53233 Milwaukee County
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Country: United States of America
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N 43° 2.331', W 87° 56.298'

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(1836 - 1904)

Of German birth, Pabst became a ship's captain in the 1850s and moved to Milwaukee in the 1860s. He later joined his father-in-law's brewery (founded 1844), which was renamed the Pabst Brewery in 1889. By the 1890s it was the world's largest lager beer brewery, and he was Milwaukee's leading citizen.

The Captain's elegant Flemish Renaissance Revival mansion was designed by George Bowman Ferry and constructed on fashionable Grand Avenue 1890-93. Its pavilion housed the Pabst Brewery exhibit at the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893. Between 1908 and 1975 five Catholic archbishops resided here. In 1978 Wisconsin Heritages, Inc., purchased the property.

Pabst also erected the city's first skyscraper (1891-92), rebuilt the Pabst Theater (1895), operated the Whitefish Bay Resort, headed the Wisconsin National Bank, owned a local hotel and many saloons, a hops farm and street railway in Wauwatosa, and hotels and restaurants elsewhere in the nation.
HM NumberHM581
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number311
Year Placed1992
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
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Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 3:59pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 423568 N 4765556
Decimal Degrees43.03885000, -87.93830000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 2.331', W 87° 56.298'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 2' 19.86" N, 87° 56' 17.88" W
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Area Code(s)414, 262
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2000-2098 Grand Ave, Milwaukee WI 53233, US
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