HISTORY OF THE AMBASSADOR HOTEL
The Ambassador Hotel has a rich history that dates back to 1927, when the building was designed by architects Urban Peacock and Armin Frank.
Prior to the construction of the Ambassador Hotel, the Mansion of Amos Appleton Lawrence Smith originally sat on the current site of the Ambassador Hotel.
Originally addressed as 2316 Grand Avenue, the Ambassador is now known as 2308 West Wisconsin Avenue. Amos Appleton Lawrence Smith was the Attorney to Captain Frederick Pabst, whose mansion remains at its original site and is located just east of the hotel. A.A.L. Smith was the son of the founder of Appleton, WI and Lawrence College.
The Ambassador Hotel opened its doors in 1928 and today, original features are still in place: polished nickel sconces, bronze-clad elevator doors, marble & terrazzo floors, art deco details in ceilings and pillars.
At the time of its opening in 1928, the Ambassador Hotel was considered one of the city’s premier luxury hotels with the very latest in contemporary amenities and design. Marble and terrazzo floors, bronze elevator doors, ornate plasterwork and stylized polished nickel sconces are just a few of the magnificent Art Deco details that give this property its enticing charm.
However, as the west end of Milwaukee fell out of favor, the Ambassador itself fell into decline. Over the next several decades, its former glory was hidden under insensitive “updates” and structural modifications.
An intensive ten-year restoration began in 1995 when an alumnus of nearby Marquette University purchased the hotel.
When dropped ceilings and drywall were removed, archways and intricate details long missing from the Ambassador were discovered and made new again.
The Ambassador Hotel rooms are spacious and entirely updated to provide you with all of the modern comforts. The Ambassador has served as a catalyst in the rebirth of the surrounding neighborhood.
The Ambassador Hotel is once again a popular location for weddings, special gatherings, and out of town visitors. The Ambassador Hotel’s bold rooftop sign once again beckons guests to enjoy a true Milwaukee legend.
Many famous people have stayed at the Ambassador from yesteryear through 2013 including Credence Clearwater Revival, David Copperfield, Miss America, the American Idol finalists and many many more.