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When Milwaukee's grandest theater burned down in 1895, Joseph Pabst insisted on spearheading the drive to construct a replacement that would be grander and more resplendent than before. In the United States, it became the norm for businessmen - the barons of industrty - to take on the role of social leadership that in Europe had been taken by aristrocrats - the barons of land.

Designed by German-American architect Otto Strack in a German Baroque style (how surprising), the Pabst Theater seats 1400 in very fine and well-preserved style.

Address: 144 E. Wells Street

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  • Updated Aug 17, 2007
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