Tripoli Shrine Cen­ter

Milwaukee Magazine - - Culture -

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.”

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