A Historic Milwaukee Icon
A Milwaukee icon, The Pfister Hotel has been a prominent feature in the downtown Milwaukee landscape since opening. The dream of German immigrant, Guido Pfister, The Pfister hotel was an aspiration to build a “palace for the people.” Sadly, Guido passed away in 1889, at a time when the hotel was still only a dream. His son, Charles Pfister, soon took over the reins and construction began in 1890.
At the time of its completion in 1893, The Pfister Hotel had already gained iconic status as being one of the first all-electric and completely fireproof hotels. The Pfister was also the first hotel in the world to utilize individual thermostat controls in each room. With 200 guest rooms, 61 private bathrooms and 14 baths, Milwaukee’s “Grande Dame” opened to critical acclaim worldwide.
Purchased by Ben Marcus in 1962, the Marcus family has continued the tradition of grand excellence in their ownership of The Pfister Hotel, working not only to preserve her history, but to expand upon it for generations to come.