One of Milwaukee's Hidden Gems: Lake Park Pavilion, Northpoint Lighthouse & Villa Terrace
Friday, May 29, 2015
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
From pre-historic times Native American hunter-gatherers lived in the area of what is now Lake Park. Originally thought of as 'gardens of the poor,' parks were designed to offer the joys of nature and beauty to those who could not afford the manicured gardens of the wealthy. Eminent Architect Frederick Law Olmsted was commissioned to design Lake Park in the style of great parks in Europe. Learn more about the history and features of Lake Park with a docent/historian from the Friends of Lake Park.
Guiding ships on Lake Michigan for more than 140 years, the Northpoint Lighthouse was decommissioned by the US Coast Guard in 1994 and in 2007 it was opened to the public as a Maritime Museum and placed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Enjoy a guided tour of the restored lighthouse and box lunch (from Sendiks Bon Catering). Indicate meat or vegetarian choice of sandwich at the time of registration. Lunch will also include fruit, chips, and beverage.
Step back in time to the 1920s when the Italian Renaissance Villa & Garden was the home of AO Smith President & CEO Lloyd Smith and his family. Today Villa Terrace is a Decorative Arts Museum overlooking Lake Michigan. You will be guided through the fine and decorative arts of the former home and its restored Renaissance Garden.
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