Dedicated to the ideal of a “sound mind and sound body,” German immigrants completed this historic Romanesque building in 1883. In 1996, this site was designated a National Historic Landmark.
As abolitionists, Turners served as soldiers in the civil war. They promoted women’s rights and fought for clean government in Milwaukee at the beginning of the 20th century. The Turners have a proud history of civic engagement.
With good beer and food provided to encourage lively debate and friendly companionship, the clubhouse (one of our dining areas) became a gathering place with décor to match the ideals of the Turners. Everywhere you look you will find messages and images that celebrate the Turner movement.
Turner Hall is filled with inspiring imagery, including unique murals, stained glass and architectural details. The Turners created a social club where they could exercise, meet for political issues and relax.
The rare and beautiful murals were painted by German panoramic artists and depict important moments in the Turner movement. The letters embedded in the stained glass reinforce the paintings themes with reminders to live: Frisch (fresh or lively), Fromm (Pious), Froehlich (Happy), and Frei (Free). *Note: Fromm (Pious) was replaced by Treu (Loyal)
Today, the Turners organization continues to offer gymnastics programs, a climbing wall, yoga and fencing classes, in addition to hosting the 4th Street Forum. (A nonpartisan program fostering public discussion of political and social issues of concern to our community). Upstairs, the Turner Ballroom Preservation Trust renovated this historic treasure known simply as Turner Hall Ballroom, where the Pabst Theater stages popular music concerts, showcasing Milwaukee’s thriving art scene and supporting a diversity of established and emerging artists.
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