Tripoli Shrine Center
This Taj Mahal lookalike (3000 W. Wisconsin Ave.) with carved limestone camels out front was built in 1928 and is the Milwaukee headquarters of the Shrine branch of Freemasonry. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places as “Milwaukee’s supreme architectural oddity,” it sports a series of domes and minarets, giving it a mosque-like look. The interior is patterned after the Alhambra in Spain with thousands of colorful tiles, arranged in an intricate Arabesque design, covering the walls. Gather a group of 10 or more, and you can arrange for a guided tour for less than $20 per person, complete with lunch.
The Tripoli Shrine
Center is the city’s “supreme architectural oddity.”