Turner Hall (Milwaukee)

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Turner Hall
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Turner Hall (Milwaukee) is located in Wisconsin
Turner Hall (Milwaukee)
Turner Hall (Milwaukee) is located in USA
Turner Hall (Milwaukee)
Location 1034 N. 4th St., Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Coordinates 43°2′37″N 87°54′56″W / 43.04361°N 87.91556°W / 43.04361; -87.91556Coordinates: 43°2′37″N 87°54′56″W / 43.04361°N 87.91556°W / 43.04361; -87.91556
Built 1882
Architect Henry C. Koch
Architectural style Romanesque Revival, Rundbogenstil
NRHP Reference # 77000041
Significant dates
Added to NRHP November 7, 1977[1]
Designated NHL November 15, 1996[2]

Turner Hall is a site in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, significant for its association with the American Turners, a German-American association. The Milwaukee group was founded in 1853 under the title, "Socialist Turnverein"; its leaders included Socialist Congressman Victor Berger.[3] The four story building was designed by architect Henry C. Koch. The interior includes a ballroom with balcony level, restaurant and beer hall and meeting rooms.

In 1994 the Governor proclaimed Turner Hall one of the "Ten Most Endangered Historic Sites" in Wisconsin. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1996.[2][4] In 2000, The Milwaukee Turners established the Turner Ballroom Preservation Trust to renovate and maintain the building.

It now hosts a wide variety of concerts. The Turner Hall Ballroom was awarded the "Venue of the Year" at the 2010 Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) awards.[5]

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  1. ^ Staff (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "Turner Hall". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-01-01. 
  3. ^ Gruen, Mardee. "Milwaukee Turners, local Jews go back 141 years." Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle April 29, 1994; p. 6, col. 1
  4. ^ Dawn Schumann and James H. Charleton (May 1995), National Historic Landmark Nomination: Turner Hall (pdf), National Park Service  and Accompanying 10 photos, exterior and interior, from 1994. PDF (1.26 MB)
  5. ^ "First time event held outside Milwaukee". The Post Crescent. April 13, 2010. pp. A–3, A–6.