Pythian Castle Lodge

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Pythian Castle Lodge
Pythian Castle Lodge is located in Wisconsin
Pythian Castle Lodge
Pythian Castle Lodge is located in the United States
Pythian Castle Lodge
Location1925 W. National Ave., Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Coordinates43°1′21″N 87°56′15″W / 43.02250°N 87.93750°W / 43.02250; -87.93750Coordinates: 43°1′21″N 87°56′15″W / 43.02250°N 87.93750°W / 43.02250; -87.93750
Arealess than one acre
ArchitectRichard E. Oberst
Architectural styleMission/Spanish Revival, Spanish Colonial Revival
NRHP reference #88000089[1]
Added to NRHPFebruary 25, 1988

The Pythian Castle Lodge, also known as Crystal Palace, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States, was built in 1927. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.[1]

It was designed by architect Richard Oberst. It is a two-story brick structure on a poured concrete foundation with a roof that is flat in parts and hipped elsewhere, and has parapets. It was built for the Pythians fraternal order.[2]

Oberst also designed the Excelsior Masonic Temple at 2422 W. National Avenue in Milwaukee,[3] a Classical Revival building from 1922 that was deemed to be NRHP-eligible but was not listed on the NRHP due to owner objection.[1]


  1. ^ a b c National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ Les Vollmert and Paul Jakubovich (May 29, 1987). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Pythian Castle Lodge / Crystal Palace". National Park Service. Retrieved January 22, 2017. with three photos from 1987
  3. ^ Jennifer Herrman (ed.). Wisconsin Encyclopedia 2008-2009 Edition. State Historic Publications. p. 390.