Astor on the Lake

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Astor on the Lake
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Astor on the Lake
Location 924 E. Juneau Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Coordinates 43°2′45″N 87°54′1″W / 43.04583°N 87.90028°W / 43.04583; -87.90028Coordinates: 43°2′45″N 87°54′1″W / 43.04583°N 87.90028°W / 43.04583; -87.90028
Built 1920
Architect Herbert W. Tullgren
Architectural style Classical Revival
NRHP Reference # 84003715
Added to NRHP September 6, 1984

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.

Designed by architect Herbert Tullgren in Classical Revival style, the Astor Hotel was built in 1920 by developer Oscar Brachman for hotel tycoon Walter Schroeder.[1] The building was originally U-shaped in plan, but an L-shaped addition in 1925 made the building into the E-shape seen today. The building has eight floors[2] and stands 102 feet (31 m) tall.[3]


When the Astor on the Lake opened it was considered one of the finest Midwest hotels of the time.[1] When the hotel originally opened there were 125 guest rooms with a monthly rent of $100 to $300 depending on size.[2] The façade is covered with gray limestone and has French Classical details and was constructed using steeling reinforced concrete.[2] A stained glass skylight hangs above the reception area while many of the rooms, which are now owner occupied, were of simpler design.


At dawn on February 18, 1935, The Astor Hotel caught fire.[4] The fired was caused by electrical wires in the basement and a dense, oily smoke filed the building.[4] The fire claimed the lives of two adults[4] and two infants.[5] Oscar Teweles, 59, and his nurse, Elsie Saxinger, 40, were killed due to suffocation in his apartment on the fifth floor.[4] Over 300 people had to be evacuated due to the fire and were sent into the city streets.[4] The damage caused by the fire was estimated at $75,000.[4]

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  1. ^ a b "Astor Hotel". Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Hotel Astor to be Opened in October". The Milwaukee Journal. Sep 29, 1920. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Astor Hotel". Emporis. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Milwaukee Hotel Burns; 2 Lives Lost". The Telegraph Herald. Feb 18, 1935. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Two Dead in Hotel Fire in Milwaukee". The Pittsburgh Press. Feb 18, 1935. Retrieved 10 January 2013.