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Pabst Theater Group gives us a peek at its upgrades to The Fitzgerald

A stately two-story building dating to the 1870s has columns framing its entrance, wrought-iron railings on stairs leading to the porch and trees growing close to the exterior walls.
Olga Thomas Photography
Pabst Theater Group

Eight months ago, the Pabst Theater Group (PTG) bought the Villa Filomena wedding venue at 1119 N. Marshall St. and promptly renamed it The Fitzgerald. They also weathered a brief licensing kerfuffle over noise complaints and vowed to make $500,000 in renovations (including soundproofing).

Today, we got our first look at some of those upgrades:

“The renovations are gorgeous and completely transform the space,” PTG director of private events Ann Lennart said in a release. “And there will be more to come. We’re dedicated to providing the care this venue needs to stay a premier destination for weddings and special occasion events in Milwaukee.”

While soundproofing wasn’t listed in the release, several other updates were, including new flooring and refinished hardwood, remodeled bathrooms and bar areas with brass countertops, new dressing-room suites, a complete kitchen renovation, new paint throughout the building and a brand-new roof.

Those weren’t the only additions. PTG has also brought All Occasions Catering and Milwaukee Airwaves on board as the exclusive caterer and DJ for all events at The Fitzgerald. They’ll get their first go-around when they provide the food and music for a public reveal of the venue that’ll take place April 5 from 4 to 8 p.m. You’ll be able to get a tour of the space and — if nuptials are in your future — the chance to win a wedding package valued at more than $12,000 that includes:

  • A complimentary room rental at The Fitzgerald
  • A $5,000 credit toward a catering package with All Occasions Catering
  • A $1,000 credit toward a DJ package with Milwaukee Airwaves

More information about the venue is available on The Fitzgerald’s website. You can also stay right here and learn about the nearly 150-year-old building by hitting the “Listen” button at the top of the page for a classic episode of our Urban Spelunking podcast.