Friday, March 18, 2011

The Pfister, part one

Recently I had the chance to visit the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee for a dear friend's birthday brunch.

I have a huge love for turn-of-the-century buildings. There is something so delicious in buildings created not just for function, but also for beauty. I have often wandered city streets and simply breathed in the romantic light of Art Deco and Art Nouveau-style buildings. There are many pretty modern buildings, but I am most enthralled by the classics.

The Pfister is one such place. The hotel was built in the late 1890s and it's quite marvelous, inside and out.

As we approached the Pfister, I stopped to take a few pictures.

Pfister hotel exterior, Laurel Moon

Pfister hotel exterior, Laurel Moon

There was a seventies expansion or separate building next door, and other typical functional-but-not-pretty buildings nearby. The building across the street was done in red brick, and had this lovely design on the front:

Detail from building across from Pfister, Laurel Moon

We ate brunch on the eighth floor, in a room that must have once been used for dancing, considering the lyre imagery, the high ceilings, and the small balcony which was probably for the musicians. The view of Milwaukee was intriguing. The aged glass wasn't very conducive to photos, but I kind of like the distortion in a way. I love the way that Milwaukee crowds into itself, smokestacks and old buildings and new, the art museum at full sail, the signs of commerce, everything unfolding.

View from the Pfister, Laurel Moon

View from Pfister, Laurel Moon

View from Pfister, Laurel Moon

I am a girl who is firmly from the suburbs; I don't understand cities, but they do fascinate me. That so many people could stack into one area, the ebb and flow, old and new juxtaposed together; it makes me want to find out how it happens, trace the first building, the horse and cart paths that turned the city into streets and lots, find the oldest piece of sidewalk. Walking through the city is always an inspiring journey.


Pfister Hotel said...

Thank you so much for you kind words about our hotel. We certainly do take pride in our history, and it is great to know that there are others out there that take just as much. Thank you again.

laurel said...

Your hotel is lovely, and the brunch was wonderful! I'm glad that you take such pride in your history.