Doors Open Milwaukee is September 22nd

ACM is excited to renew our collaboration with Doors Open Milwaukee for the fifth consecutive year.  We’ve commissioned composers Diane Berry, Sarah Wald and Rania Chrysostomou to write music inspired by three buildings.

On September 22nd between noon and 4:00 PM we’ll have musicians in each building to perform the pieces every 15 minutes.  Doors Open Milwaukee is free and open to the public and there is complete information here.


Zimmerman Architectural Studios/Gaslight Building
Music by Diane Berry

This building was originally home to West Side Works for the Milwaukee Gas Light Company and provided gas to light homes and street lamps. The building housed retort furnaces to super-heat coal into gas which was stored in gasometers and piped throughout the city overnight.

Today, the retort furnaces are gone, and the building is home to Zimmerman Architectural Studios and Harwood Engineering Consultants. Along with historical displays, visitors will see design work from the 110 year history of Zimmerman Architectural Studios.


The Vue
Music by Rania Chrysostomou

Hyatt Regency Milwaukee is a 21 story atrium-style hotel in the heart of the entertainment district. Not only does the hotel feature VUE, the highest ballroom in the city, but they also have the Regency Ballroom, which is the largest downtown ballroom without pillars or obstructing views. With 481 guest rooms and over 30,000 square feet of meeting space, the Hyatt is currently the second largest hotel in Milwaukee.

Get all exclusive access to Milwaukee’s only 360 degree view rooftop ballroom. Formerly known as ‘Polaris’, VUE is Hyatt Regency Milwaukee’s premier private event space. This area is not open to the public, so now is your only chance to come hang out on the top of the Hyatt.


Pritzlaff Building
Music by Sarah Wald

The Pritzlaff Building is actually a 260,000 square foot series of six connected buildings constructed between 1875 and 1922. Made of Romanesque Cream City brick construction featuring numerous arched windows, and stone ornamentation this building is a staple of Milwaukee’s historic downtown area.

Once the home of the sprawling Pritzlaff Hardware company, one of the largest hardware wholesalers of it’s time, it is now a mixed use building of event halls, offices, artist studios and loft apartments.