Astor on the Lake

The Astor on the Lake (also Astor Hotel) is a low-rise building located in the Yankee Hill (East Town) neighborhood of downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Description

Designed by architect Herbert Tullgren in Classical Revival style, the Astor was built in 1920 by developer Oscar Brachman for hotel tycoon Walter Schroeder. The building was originally U-shaped in plan, but an L-shaped addition in 1925 made the building in to the E-shape seen today. It has eight floors and stands 102 feet (31 m) high.

When the Astor on the Lake opened it was considered one of the finest Midwest hotels of the time. The façade is covered with gray limestone and has French Classical details. A stained glass skylight hangs above the reception area while many of the rooms, which are now owner occupied, were of simpler design. The neighboring Knickerbocker Hotel was built to be a less refined copy of the building.

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