Stop and take in the Pfister

Yesterday, while walking through the lobby of the hotel, we took a second to stop and take it in.

The Pfister Hotel is filled to the brim with history and stories waiting to be told. It makes you think, “If only those walls could talk.”

After this brief moment of reflection, we thought, “When was the last time you got to sit in the lobby of the Pfister Hotel and really take it in?”

Here are some of the comments we received on Facebook and Twitter.

Ardith Richter: For the last 25 years, there are 5 times in a year that I have sat and just watched the spirits of the past. Miss my dear friend, Miss Betty.

Scott Heun: About 3 months ago I enjoyed a shakers martini at Blu with Mike Smith and a great pizza and a Spotted Cow from New Glarus in the lobby bar. The best lobby in the country!

Christine Butt: We love the Pfister lobby bar. We have a tradition of coming and watching the Christmas decorations go up in the hotel. Then we love to come for your Christmas Open house when Santa & Mrs. Claus are there.

Chrissy Jaworski: As a little girl, I used to come with my school music group and perform on the steps of the staircase in the Pfister lobby. Now I’m an event planner and I do business with you frequently!

What is your connection with the Pfister Hotel?

Photo by Christine Butt
















































The Pfister Narrator Program 2010-2011

Do you consider yourself the next Ernest Hemmingway, Virginia Woolf or Oscar Wilde? Or are you an aspiring reporter who wants to someday be compared to the likes of Barbara Walters, Walter Cronkite or Katie Couric? Or maybe you just love interacting with people and have a passion for writing? Here’s your opportunity to gain experience and meet new people, while enjoying one of the most beautiful buildings in the city.

The Pfister Hotel is in search of the first ever Pfister Narrator, an individual who will spend time in the hotel’s lobby, interviewing visitors and guests and sharing their stories on the Pfister’s blog. The chosen applicant will have the opportunity to open new doors, gain experience and meet new people, while enjoying one of the most beautiful buildings in the city.

“There are so many interesting people who pass through our doors each day,” says Joe Kurth, general manager of The Pfister Hotel. “We’d love to share their unique stories with the rest of Milwaukee and beyond. The Pfister Narrator will be responsible for helping us achieve that goal, while gaining valuable personal and professional skills along the way.”

The Pfister Narrator will be expected to work a minimum of 10 hours per week over the course of a six-month period and will publish a minimum of two blog posts per week. In return, the Narrator will receive his/her choice of a $1,000 monthly stipend, scholarship for continuing education or donation to a charity in his/her honor, complimentary parking and meals within the hotel’s cafeteria.

How to Apply

To be considered, applicants will need to submit an application form, current resume, 2-3 writing samples of recent work, a 200-word proposal, cover letter and two professional references. Deadline for submissions is Oct. 1, 2010.

A review panel will evaluate the applications and ultimately choose the Pfister Narrator.

Don’t miss your chance to become the first ever Pfister Narrator! Download the application form and submit it, along with the additional required materials, to info@thepfisterhotel.com by Oct. 1, 2010.

Cooking with Chef Ash on WISN 12

Chef Robert Ash will be doing two cooking segments tomorrow morning, September 4, 2010, on WISN-TV.

He’ll be demonstrating two Labor Day recipes that viewer can easily make at home.

Tune in around 7:45 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. to see Chef Robert Ash work some culinary magic and compose some phenomenal dishes.

Chef Ash at 540 ESPN Radio for FREE FOOD FRIDAY

“Travelers411” Radio Show Host Stephanie Abrams interviews the Pfister Hotel

On August 21st and 22nd, sales Stephanie Abrams, radio show host of “Traveler411” will be broadcasting her popular radio travel show in the lobby of the Pfister Hotel.

She will be rotating out all kinds of people from the city including our General Manager, sovaldi Joe Kurth, our Artist in Residence, Katie Musolff and John McGivern. Plus many more.

Stephanie has done a few features with the Pfister Hotel in the past including a interview with Reginald Baylor and Joe Kurth. More information about the previous radio shows with the Pfister can be found here.

We look forward to speaking with Stephanie again and stay tuned for the “Travelers411” Radio Show.

East Town Elegance feature on WISN Channel 12

Great News everyone! WISN-TV will be doing a live shot inside the Pfister Hotel lobby tomorrow for the East Town Elegance Tour. What a privilege!

Reporter Kidd O’Shea will be interviewing Anna Opgenorth from Historic Milwaukee starting at 7:15 a.m. within the historic walls of the Pfister Hotel.

If you’d like to see the story, it will be airing on channel 12 – WISN from 7 a.m. until 9 a.m.

We’re looking forward to seeing the story.

Be sure to let us know what you think?

Historic Happenings

The Pfister Hotel has been a historic destination in Milwaukee since its grand opening in 1893. This vision by Guido Pfister and his son Charles has been viewed as the “Grand Hotel of the West” and a welcoming and luxurious meeting place. At its opening, help the Pfister hotel boasted groundbreaking features such as fireproofing, electricity through the hotel and thermostat controls in every room. Continue reading “Historic Happenings”

Artist In Residence












Katie uses painting as her way of documenting small pockets of the population around her. She attempts to insert herself into places where artists aren’t usually found in order to discover interesting people to paint, as well as to expose the surrounding community to the act of art making. “I’ve painted at the Wilson Commons in South Milwaukee and the St. Ann Center in St. Francis. I’d show up every week and paint a single person for everyone to watch, observe and interact with. My goal is to blur the lines between ‘us’ and ‘them’ by taking regular people and elevating them to a subject worthy of being painted, shown in a gallery or museum, seen by ‘art educated people’ and mixing them together until you can’t tell who is who.”

More information on Katie Musolff can be found at KatieMusolff.com

“This exhibit includes examples of Musolff’s drawings and journal entries that further inform the paintings. It is the most excellent display of her work I have seen…” See JS Online article June 23, 2010

See Pfister Artist Painting Portraits of Hotel Staff July 27, 2010

See The AV Club’s Gallery Night guide, Ald. Bob Donovan edt. July 22, 2010

See Pegi Christiansen’s Gallery Night pick July 21, 2010

See Arts Digest by MPTV June 1, 2010

See Press Release announcement February 15, 2010

See Express Milwaukee article March 2, 2010

See Express Milwaukee article March 7, 2010