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Koehring's Grand Central House 1892

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Koehring's Before Restoration

 

"A Little History...."

     Koehring's Grand Central House was built in 1892 By William A. Koehring, a German immigrant.  It was completed as a "first class hotel for gentlemen" with rooms renting for $1 per night "offering the finest liquors, wines and cigars." 
      In the early 1900's William's sons, William J. and Philip, invented and patented the first street paver and established the Koehring Company of Milwaukee, the largest manufacturer of heavy construction equipment in the world at one time. 
     William J. and Philip became multi-millionaires and prominent Milwaukee citizens. Included in their circle of friends were Liberace and his brother George who played the piano displayed in our dining room when visiting the Koehring home. The piano had been handed down through the family to Mr. John Green who generously donated it to be displayed and enjoyed in the hotel built by his great-great grandfather. 
      In 1914 the hotel was converted into storefronts, apartments and "Mueller's Central House and Buffet" by Mr. Philip Mueller, another prominent Kiel resident.  In the 1960's the building was modernized, covered with cement stone and aluminum siding.  The 10 foot windows were removed and replaced with modern non-operative windows; the old bar was removed as well as all the Victorian wainscotting and embellishments and the tin ceiling was covered with accoustic tile. 
      In 2001 the restoration of the Grand Central House was begun.  The tower, which had been gone for over 80 years, was rebuilt in the fall of 2002.  The exterior was completed in the fall of 2003.  The interior is an ongoing project.  A few of the former hotel rooms have been converted to dining rooms. Over the years we have collected many antiques and memorabilia displayed here in the hotel.  
     Please make yourself at home, browse, ask questions and enjoy your visit to this historic hotel.  {Any information, pictures etc. about the hotel and the Koehring family would be greatly appreciated.}
       
     An interesting note....On Sunday, October 30 the Midwestern Paranormal Investigative Network did an investigation of the restaurant.  They recently revealed their results to us and will be posting what they found on their website:  mpinetwork.wordpress.com.  It was very intriguing and we totally enjoyed the experience.  If you would like to see what they found, we invite you to visit their website.   

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