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Haunted Place: Pfister Hotel
424 East Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
This glorious, 100 year old, high-end
luxury hotel can be found on the corner of East Wisconsin Avenue
and North Milwaukee St. in downtown Milwaukee, about two city
blocks from the 794 FWY, and three blocks from the shores of
Pfister Hotel has always been about
hospitality and caring about their guests!
The following sweet dreams prayer is left with a chocolate on their
"Because this hotel is a human
institution to serve people, and not solely a moneymaking
organization, we hope that God will grant you peace and rest while
you are under our roof. May the business that brought you our way
prosper. May every call you make and every message you receive add
to your joy. May every call you make and every message you receive
add to your joy. May this room and hotel be your "second
Guido and Charles Pfister would be very
pleased with not only this philosophy and sentiment, but also would
be very happy that the living have taken such good care of their
labor of love, The Pfister Hotel, which is still a "People's
Guido Pfister, a German Immigrant who had made his fortune as a
tanner, becoming a leader of the community, was the man who had the
vision to create this "People's Palace." Guido and his son, Charles
shared the vision of providing an elegant hotel where the lobby
could be the grand living room, a gathering place of all of
the people of Milwaukee, as well as a hotel which would show
hospitality and service of no matter their social status.
While Guido died in 1889, one year before construction started, his
son Charles went forward with this plan with enthusiasm, being
faithful to the architect's blue prints for the hotel, finishing it
in 1893, at the cost of 1.5 million dollars.
In 1893,The Pfister Hotel was indeed like a Palace, being an 8
story, creamy limestone/gray limestone structure with Romanesque
Renewal architecture on the outside, made complete with
impressive granite columns, terra cotta decorum, and what is
described as "towering bay windows."
The three story Lobby made a simply glorious living room, described
as being "lush and opulent," whose elegance is made complete with
royal touches of gold gilding, grand marble staircases, which have
bronze lions greeting people, paintings and of course the crowning
jewel; the impressive Tiepoloesque ceiling fresco. Throughout
the years following, Charles shared his art collection with their
guests, hanging his works of art in the hallways, and lobby
The lounge located in the lobby was designed to be a French hunting
lodge, with a cherub-adorned fireplace, offering stuffed chairs and
tables for visitors to sit down and relax.
The Pfister Hotel offered conveniences and services within its
walls, including restaurants,a barber shop, hair salon, drug store
with soda fountains and a men's lounge and ladies lounge. The
glorious ballroom has seen many grand affairs, beginning with a
dinner for President William McKinley and his cabinet.
Today, there are restaurants which serve
top cuisine and other services as well, such a clothing
store. The hotel still hosts special events like weddings and
The original 200 rooms were built with high ceilings and decorated
with 19th century decorations. The Hotel had its own source of
electricity, provided by generators, individual room heating
In 1965, a 23 story, tower addition, which provided another 176
rooms was built, with a parking garage. This addition was
seamlessly added onto the old building. It was renovated
recently. Rooms feature "English Regency furniture, over-sized
wooden beds with post headboards, swag drapes framing by windows,
and red and white marble bathrooms, to name some of the rooms'
Along with every day people, The Pfister Hotel has welcomed many
presidents, prime ministers, princes, sports stars and big-name
entertainers as guests.
Tom and I visited the lobby of The Pfister Hotel during the summer
of 2007. We were greeted by four friendly young gentlemen, hired to
help visitors and guests. WOW! What an impressive lobby,
which is glorious and regal in its nature, and gives off a friendly
HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS:
I get the sense that Charles Pfister took
what was his father's dream to heart and worked hard to run a hotel
which not only was beautiful and elegant, but prided itself in
offering terrific service in taking care of its guests.
When Charles died, it seems that he decided
to stick around and continue to monitor the staff and make sure his
guests were well-treated, not quite trusting the living to carry
The friendly, gentle entity of Charles
Pfister keeps a friendly yet watchful eye on the living, making
sure his guests are taken care of by the staff of the hotel.
Guests and staff have spied the entity of this good-natured, portly
gent standing on the hotel's grand staircase, observing the lobby,
watching the living go about their business at hand.
His apparition has also been seen strolling along the Minstrel's
Gallery above the ballroom.
His spirit has also been seen on the 9th floor.
Animal entities of dogs have been heard frolicking in the
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