The former site of the Pabst (Beer) Whitefish Bay Resort with a restaurant, round beer bar with lake views, and a Ferris wheel is now an out-of-this-world mansion seeking a new trustee.

Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin



In 1849, Welsh settlers opened Milwaukee's first brewery and named it Milwaukee Brewery. A German competitor opened a second brewery, and more followed. It became home to some of the country's largest brewers, such as Pabst, Schlitz, Miller, and Blatz. Schlitz became known as Milwaukee's namesake beer and was known as "The beer that made Milwaukee famous." It was advertised with the slogan, "When you're out of Schlitz, you're out of beer."


The Herman Uihlein House was built on three acres on a low bluff at the edge of Lake Michigan, a couple of miles north of Downtown Milwaukee; a combination of Italian Renaissance and Beaux-Arts architectural styles. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983, the 13,717-square-foot, two-story house has nine bedrooms and eight baths. Many upgrades have been undertaken since 2018, including a new kitchen, new boiler, new air conditioning system, and elegant new surface materials. Rooms include formal public spaces, a library, billiards room, fitness center, home theater, staff quarters, and wine cellar. There are also four fireplaces, a wet bar, and underfloor heating. Floors are hardwood and marble.

The mansion is designed with entertaining in mind, whether intimate or hosting a large group. One of the home's owners in the 1990s was Warren Buffet's Emmy-award-winning son, Peter Buffet, who composed music for Kevin Costner's Dances with Wolves in a recording studio he had installed in the home.

The estate's landscape design is symmetrical in form and sits in the middle of the property with a long reflecting pool in the front. The rear landscaping focuses on the extensive Lake Michigan water views. Terraced walkways and steps are lead to the water's edge, and more that go into the water.

The Herman Uihlein House, built for the son of the president of Schlitz Beer, is now on the market at $6.95 million.

For more information or to schedule a private showing,

please contact

Peter Mahler

Mahler Sotheby's International Realty

T: +1 414.964.2000