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North Point Lighthouse is one of many Milwaukee landmarks belonging to the National Register of Historic Places. (PHOTO:

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The Mitchel Park Horticultural Conservatory is on land that once belonged to Solomon Juneau's father-in-law. (PHOTO:

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The Tripoli Shrine Center was designed as a replica of the Taj Mahal. (PHOTO:

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The dome of the Basilica of St. Josaphat. (PHOTO:

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When Milwaukee's City Hall was completed in 1895, it was the tallest habitable building in the country at the time. (PHOTO:

Milwaukee historic landmarks guide

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Lloyd R. Smith House (Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum)
2220 N. Terrace Ave., (414) 271-3656
Designed by architect David Adler in 1923 for A.O. Smith president Lloyd Smith, this Italian Renaissance villa overlooking Lake Michigan is now home to a stunning collection of fine and decorative arts dating back to the 15th century. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children. Guided tours are available by request for groups of 10 or more people; self-guided tours are available during public hours.

McIntosh-Goodrich Mansion (Wisconsin Conservatory of Music)
1584 N. Prospect Ave., (414) 276-5760
Industrialist Charles McIntosh built this 22,000-square-foot home in 1903; it was later sold to the husband of Captain Frederick Pabst's eldest daughter. Now home to the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, the building is often open to the public for Conservatory events such as Conservatory Nights, Conservatory Sundays, and the monthly Jaz Jam sessions and Vista del Lago Social Club.

Milwaukee County Historic Society
910 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 273-8288
The epicenter of Milwaukee history is, fittingly, itself housed in a historic structure - a 1913 Neoclassical bank. The museum is home to a permanent research library, exhibits and a museum store. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for students and seniors.

Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (The Domes)
524 S. Layton Blvd., (414) 257-5611
Purchased by the Milwaukee Park Commission in 1889, this is the city's oldest park. Ten years later saw the construction of the Milwaukee Conservatory, which was razed in 1955 to make way for the current Mitchell Park Domes. The land previously belonged to the Mitchell family, and before that to fur trader Jacques Vieau, father-in-law of Solomon Juneau.

North Point Lighthouse
2650 N. Wahl Ave., (414) 332-6754
The land upon which this historic lighthouse is situated has been owned by the U.S. Lighthouse Service since 1851. The present lighthouse dates to 1888, even before the construction of Lake Park, which now surrounds it. It is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Public tours are given on Saturday and Sunday between the hours of 1 and 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 5-12. School tours are also available.

Pabst Mansion
2000 W. Wisconsin Ave. (414) 931-0808
This Flemish Renaissance Revival-style estate was the home of the Captain Frederick Pabst family from 1892 until 1908, when it became the residence of the archbishops of Milwaukee for nearly 70 years. Daily guided tours are available. School and scouting groups are welcome. Individual admission $9 for adults, $8 for students/seniors and $5 for children ages 6-17.

Tripoli Shrine Center
3000 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 933-1591
A stunning architectural replica of the Taj Mahal, built in 1928, this building is today the headquarters of Milwaukee's Shriners International. It is also available for event rental and, for groups of 10 or more, lunch and guided tours.

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