Wisconsin Architecture’s Unique Appeal

Wisconsin is known nationally for its state parks, lakes, and rolling hills. But the state’s man-made beauty is just as fascinating. From grandiose to off-the-wall, Wisconsin architecture has something to capture every visitor’s interest. Here’s a sampling of our favorites!

Holy Hill in Hubertus

Nestled on 425 beautiful acres, atop a glacial hill, the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary at Holy Hill draws more than 500,000 visitors every year. Many come to admire the beautiful architecture of the neo-Romanesque church built in 1926. This destination is also part of the popular Holy Hill Cycle Ride, which is considered one of the best motorcycle attractions in the Midwest. Bikers love to test their skills on the perfect mix of twists, turns, and hills while taking in the awe of the cathedral.

National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward

Picture this: You’re standing in the open jaw of a five-story-tall musky amidst gorgeous panoramic views of Hayward. No, this isn’t a fisherman’s fantasy. It’s all part of the “Shrine to Anglers,” otherwise known as the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame. Made of concrete, steel and fiberglass, the museum complex is a half-city-block long and four-and-one-half stories tall. And what’s a fish without water? The gigantic musky sits atop an 88,000-gallon pond.

Miller Park in Milwaukee

Play ball! While cheering for the Brew Crew, you can’t help but admire their impressive stadium. Built in 2001, the stadium was one of the largest construction projects in Wisconsin history and took five years to complete. The retro design of Miller Park features the continent’s only fan-shaped convertible roof. With the roof closed, the seating area can be kept 30 degrees warmer than the outside temperature – and thanks to glass panels, natural grass can grow on the field. Get an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Miller Park year-round. See the visitor’s clubhouse, bullpen, luxury suite level, Uecker’s booth, and more. 

Three Stone Arch Bridge in Merrill

Of course, no post about Wisconsin architectural gems is complete without mention of Frank Lloyd Wright. Regarded as one of America’s greatest architects, tour his Wisconsin home, Hillside School and more. 

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