Plan the perfect group tour of Downtown Milwaukee with TRIO, just steps from many of Milwaukee's great attractions! Located on beautiful Old World Third Street, TRIO is the perfect stop for all things fun for group tours! From chef-crafted meals to a game of ping pong, we have three floors of fun and entertainment for group tours to enjoy, along with some of the best views of Milwaukee's skyline.
BOAT/CRUISE TOURS OR PADDLE TAVERN: Fun experience with daily tours, private charter and pontoon rental. (.1-.2 mile away)
Visit these sites for more info:
Edelweiss Cruises and Boat Tours, Riverwalk Boat Tours & Rentals, Milwaukee Paddle Tavern.
PERE MARQUETTE PARK: Scenic park of the Milwaukee County Parks System located downtown on the Riverwalk. Home of the Summer Concert Series, River Rhythms, and Riverwalk Boat Tours docks. (.2 mile away)
WISCONSIN CHEESE MART: Find the perfect Wisconsin gift and sample the fun stuff. (0 miles away)
THE SPICE HOUSE: Since 1957, spices are ground and blended in small batches to bring you the freshest possible product! (0 miles away)
MILWAUKEE HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Founded in 1935, the organization was formed to preserve, collect, recognize, and make available materials related to Milwaukee County history. (.1 mile away)
MILWAUKEE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: Among the finest orchestras in the country, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is the largest cultural organization in Wisconsin. (.3 mile away)
MILWAUKEE PUBLIC MUSEUM: Wisconsin's Natural History Museum is just blocks away. (.4 mile way)
1894: Built by Architect, Carl F Ringer (brick out front with his name) for Udo Dorestan for the purpose of the manufacture and sale of “paints, calcimines and varnishes.” Was originally a four-story building.
1908: First fire, owned by August Gallun who had to pay $1,000.00 for damages to building.
1913: Fire again, by then owned by the Gallun Estate. It cost $5,000 to fix the damage.
1935: Inspector Spencer of the City of Milwaukee issued an order for the owner of the building to “provide steps to basement so inspector could enter same.” It is not clear how the basement was accessed in the previous 40 years??? Can only guess.
By 1952, the building was owned by Gus Mader, and, once again, it was time for a fire — this time a big one. “Third and 4th Floor and roof badly damaged by fire, cannot be repaired, will have to be razed,” the inspector wrote. On April 29th, 1953, $13,500 to build a new storefront and entrance to 2nd floor and tear down top two damaged floors.
In August, 1968, Fluegge Optical opened in the building’s second floor, followed in August 1974 by the William Reilly Academy of Ballet.
In 1990 Gus Mader took over the building he owned and opened the Old World Third Street Gallery, an extension of the Mader’s Gift Shop. Here one could find the largest collection of I. M. Hummel figurines.
Finally, after the 21st century got underway, the building became a saloon. First it was Bootleggers in 2006, then Whiskey River in 2010, and finally 2012 The Irish Rec Room complete with indoor rock climbing wall and "excessively large boxing glove matches”….closed less than a year later.
2015: Building purchased by current owners, The View at TRiO (our third floor rooftop) added 2016, hosting many corporate parties, weddings, and groups! Three floors of FUN…!
The street's unique name was the result of a 1984 Common Council resolution that renamed what had historically always been North 3rd Street as North Old World 3rd Street for six blocks between West Wisconsin Avenue and West McKinley Avenue.
The North Old World Third Street Historic District occupies part of three city blocks in the northwest part of Milwaukee's Central Business District. The district contains mixed commercial uses including retail shops, offices, restaurants, and a sausage factory.
North Old World Third Street was put on the National Register of Historic places March 19, 1987 and on the State Register on Jan 1, 1989. Any changes to buildings, signs, etc, need to go through the City of Milwaukee’s Historic Preservation Committee for approval, and must fit into their ideas for the Historic Integrity of the Street.
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