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Thursday, May 8, 2014

adventures in milwaukee: wisconsin conservatory of music

This past weekend I attended a friend's guitar recital at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.  I jokingly told him that I would have gone to see him play anyway, but having a chance to visit the Conservatory was a really nice perk.  The Conservatory is located in one of Milwaukee's old mansions overlooking Lake Michigan, and it is gor-ge-o-so inside. 

Here is a little history of the Conservatory/Goodrich Mansion building, borrowed from the Doors Open Milaukeesite: 

This Neo-Classical Revival style mansion, built in 1903, was home to industrialist Charles L. McIntosh; then linseed oil businessman William Osborne Goodrich and his wife, a daughter of brewing magnate Captain Frederick Pabst; and finally the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in 1934. The McIntosh|Goodrich Mansion exterior features dark red Galesburg paving brick, a monumental four column Corinthian portico, Michigan raindrop brownstone trim, and copper cornices. Interior highlights include stained glass attributed to Louis Comfort Tiffany, mahogany trimmed fireplaces, and grand curved glass bay windows overlooking the lake, among many others.

Do historic buildings make anybody else super excited??  Just me? 

My friend performed in this first floor room with rose detailed windows and ceilings.  The sunlight was streaming through the windows and my life was basically complete while I sat in here.

One of the manions's masterpieces is the grand staircase leading to the central Tiffany windows.  A friend of mine claims they're valued at over $100,000, but I couldn't find anything to back that up. 

A room of rich mahagony overlooking Lake Michigan.  There was a parking lot (guessing not original!) in between the lake and the mansion, so the scenery unfortunately very photo worthy.  You'll just have to take my word for it, that this building has a premo location. 

And this is the room that reminded me of Versailles.  Probably because it has a frozen in time feel to it.  Not because it was full of thousands of tourists. 

I love discovering and appreciating interesting places in my city.  Being a transplant to Milwaukee, I've been surprised by how many cool places I've found here.  I think being a non-native has helped me to be open to exploring all this city has to offer.  Love acting like a tourist in the city I live. 

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