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504 W NATIONAL AVE

Architecture and History Inventory
504 W NATIONAL AVE | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
NAMES
Historic Name:TIVOLI PALM GARDEN
Other Name:
Contributing: Yes
Reference Number:42017
PROPERTY LOCATION
Location (Address):504 W NATIONAL AVE
County:Milwaukee
City:Milwaukee
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PROPERTY FEATURES
Year Built:1901
Additions:
Survey Date:19881973
Historic Use:tavern/bar
Architectural Style:Neoclassical
Structural System:
Wall Material:Brick
Architect:Charles Kirchhoff
Other Buildings On Site:
Demolished?:No
Demolished Date:
DESIGNATIONS
National/State Register Listing Name: Walker's Point Historic District
National Register Listing Date:12/19/1978
State Register Listing Date:1/1/1989
National Register Multiple Property Name:
NOTES
Additional Information:Covenant/Easement: From 12/26/1990 to 12/26/2010. A 'covenant file' exists for this property. It may contain additional information such as photos, drawings and correspondence. It is a public record and may be viewed in person at the Wisconsin Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office.

1973: "Despite alteration to the first story, this building is till a rather impressive example of the Neo-Renaissance style, and it was the work of a prominent local architect. In the beginning the north end of the building housed a beer garden operated by the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company, and the Schlitz emblem is still to be seen above the Fifth Street entrance.

Alterations and Additions (as of 1973):
As indicated, the street fronts on the first story have been altered. And according to Sandy Burns, there are no less than thirteen permits on file at the General Office, Building Inspection, relating to interior remodeling."

A Guide to Historic Walker's Point, 1978: "Built of pressed brick and Bedford limestone trim by the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company, this 100 by 120 feet, Classical-styled building housed, besides the Palm Garden, a barbershop, bowling alley, shops, and offices.

The Palm Garden, 34 by 49 feet at the north end of the building, served food and, of course, beer, and was a dance hall. According to contemporary accounts, the palm garden had entry on Grove Street, and was a room 30 feet in height, having tile flooring, hand-carved ornament, cathedral glass, and an arched, beamed ceiling. Beneath the dome were murals depicting a tropical scene. The architect of the building, Charles Kirchoff, was also the architect of the famous Schlitz Palm Garden in downtown Milwaukee, now demolished."
Bibliographic References:MILWAUKEE JOURNAL 5/16/1901. MILWAUKEE HISTORIC BUILDINGS TOUR: WALKER'S POINT (COMMERCIAL), CITY OF MILWAUKEE DEPARTMENT OF CITY DEVELOPMENT, 1994. Pagel, p. 6. Burns, Sandy, "Tivoli Palm Garden," Walker's Point Preservation District Inventory prepared for Land Ethics, Inc., Milwaukee, 1971, and sources cited. "New Palm Garden on Grove Street," Milwaukee Journal, May 16, 1901, p. 8. Pagel, Mary Ellen and Palmer, Virginia A., Guides to Historic Milwaukee: Walker's Point and South, Milwaukee, 1969, 6-7. Palmer, Virginia A. and Wietczykowski, Mary Ellen, Walker's Point: Two Walking tours, Milwaukee, 1972, 31. Palmer, Virginia A., Undated research notes in the collection of Mary Ellen Wietczykowski. Historic Walker's Point, Inc., A Guide to Historic Walker's Point, 1978.
RECORD LOCATION
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, State Historic Preservation Office, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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