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2015 FLWBC Conference: One More Thing...

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Oct 05, 2015 01:04 AM
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by Eric last modified Oct 04, 2015

The 2015 Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Conference officially ended last night with the Gala Dinner, but since we were in Milwaukee and getting ready to head back home, I thought we'd swing by the historic Pabst Brewery's Blue Ribbon Hall to see the remarkable Edgar Miller frescoes inside. See more after the jump... We found the impressive former Pabst Brewery site close to our hotel. The seven block campus of 19th century buildings is...




 

 

OpenerThe 2015 Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Conference officially ended last night with the Gala Dinner, but since we were in Milwaukee and getting ready to head back home, I thought we'd swing by the historic Pabst Brewery's Blue Ribbon Hall to see the remarkable Edgar Miller frescoes inside. See more after the jump...

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We found the impressive former Pabst Brewery site close to our hotel. The seven block campus of 19th century buildings is an impressive site — a veritable "city within a city." The people working the gift shop, running the bar, and giving the tours are friendly and passionate about the preservation efforts of this important site in American brewing lore. We bought our tickets, got a drink, and soaked up the history and the beautiful murals.

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I had known about the Edgar Miller murals located inside the Blue Ribbon Hall area of the brewery, but have yet to get up to Milwaukee to see them. I'm glad we made the effort to finally see them—they were stunning to see. Modern day Renaissance man, Edgar Miller, was hired in 1943 to paint a basic history of beer brewing on the walls of what would come to be called "Blue Ribbon Hall" at the Pabst Brewing Company. In true Edgar style, what the Pabst Company got instead was a graphically Modern series of brightly-colored frescoes depicting almost every aspect of the history and process of brewing covering the walls, ceilings, balcony, and small octagonal tasting room. Here's a look at the breathtaking array of murals found at the Hall:

 

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By far my favorite series of paintings in the entire place was found in the small tasting room off to the side of the main Hall:

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Covering every inch of the walls and ceiling in this remarkable little room are Edgar's brightly-colored illustrative flights of fancy: animals of all sorts, busy people in period costume, abstract geometric shapes and symbols unified with organic flora and cross hatched line work. The results are a sumptuous visual experience:

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With our tour complete, we finished our drinks and made our way back on the road to Chicago. The experience of being able to see these works of Modern graphic art was fantastic and I would highly recommend anyone interested in art, design (and beer) to check it out. Get info on tours here.

If you're interested in learning more about the life and work of Edgar Miller, then be sure to check out edgarmiller.org.

All photos © 2015 PrairieMod


 

 

 
 
 

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