We are in the midst of one of Milwaukee’s golden seasons. We are past the sweltering, sticky heat of the summer and the short days and bone-chilling winds of winter drive us indoors have not yet arrived. This is an ideal time to explore Milwaukee on foot. As part of my term as the Pfister Narrator, I am able to share my love of Milwaukee with visitors through a series of self-guided walking tours designed exclusively for the hotel. This season, I invite you to join me in exploring the architecture of the man who designed The Pfister Hotel, H. C. Koch.
Henry Charles Koch (March 20, 1841 – May 19, 1910) was German born, but spent most of his life in the United States. His architectural vision heavily influenced the way Milwaukee was shaped. Inspired by Gothic and Renaissance Revival designs, this Victorian Era architect brought together favorite lines of the past with styles of his age. Koch designed hundreds of buildings and left his mark on several Midwestern states, but no other city has been as impacted by his aesthetic as Milwaukee.
Walkers looking for a quick route, which includes some of Koch’s most celebrated buildings, may opt for the 1 mile City Stroller Route. Those looking to explore Westown while catching a glimpse of a few of the most visited buildings in 19th century Milwaukee should walk the 3 mile Urban Adventurer Route. Regardless of the route you choose, both tours begin and end at The Pfister Hotel.
I hope you’ll stop in for your own copy of the Fall Walking Tour created exclusively for The Pfister. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to plan a lovely stroll for you that highlights some of Milwaukee’s most notable buildings.
Begin a delightful afternoon by coming to The Pfister Hotel for your own copy of the tour, found in the lobby, enjoy a walk in the golden autumn sunshine, and then return to the hotel for High Tea, or sip a warm Irish Coffee in the glow of the Lobby Lounge fireplace. So, lace up your comfy shoes and explore a few of Koch’s best loved buildings.
And, while you are here, please stop by and say hi- I’d love to meet you!