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Pabst Theater Group buys historic event venue, renames it 'The Fitzgerald'

The Pabst Theater Group has added another historic event venue to its portfolio.

The group has closed on the building at 1119 N. Marshall St. and renamed it "The Fitzgerald," with plans to operate it as a private event space for weddings, showers and similar gatherings.

Built in 1874 as a private residence for Milwaukee historical figure Captain Robert P. Fitzgerald (hence the new name), the home has been renovated and expanded over the years, including the recent addition of a ballroom just beyond the former living room. Outside, the home is a beautiful example of Italianate architecture, with striking columns, vertical windows and center pediment.

"It is the first venue that will be owned by the group, and it is also now the oldest venue operated by the group, nudging out Turner Hall," wrote Bobby Tanzilo in his story at

Listen below to learn about the mansion's history as the College Women's Club, its most recent chapter as Villa Filomena (also an event space) and the immigrant family who built the home originally. You can also check out Bobby's complete story at OnMilwaukee for more history and photos.

Director of Digital Content | Radio Milwaukee