Conference Center

Downtown Location without the Downtown Price

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Edith S. Hefter Conference Center

“An exclusive setting for your special University event.”

The Edith S. Hefter Conference Center, an early 20th Century Tudor style mansion, is a remarkable facility for University special occasions. The Center is available exclusively for appropriate UWM departmental events. With its variety of seven room sizes the mansion can seat up to 75 people for a lecture-style setting. Other, more intimate rooms are suitable for groups of 16 to 40. For stand-up receptions with minimal seating, the Center can host up to 150 guests.

Highlights of the Hefter Center include:

  • Conveniently located at the corner of Lake Drive and Hartford Avenue
  • Beautiful and historic architectural features inside and out
  • Catering through UWM Dining Services or approved external caterers
  • Hours for available use are 7:30am-10pm weekdays; 7:30 am-8pm, Saturdays and Sundays
  • Affordable flat usage fee includes use of the entire first floor

Room Sizes & Configurations

The building has many beautiful and notable features including five fireplaces, plasterwork ceilings, a 22' x 29' entrance hall, a porte cochere, and a terrace on the east side. Rooms available for use in addition to the entrance hall are a 26' x 35' living room; a black walnut paneled dining room; a breakfast nook; a solarium-conservatory with glazed tile walls; a library; and a billiard room. The building has central air conditioning, and a voice and data jack are available.

Room Accomodations

Living Room
90 in theater-style for a lecture, or 80 at round tables.

20 in theater-style or 12 at a hollow square.

Billiard Room
25 in theater-style or 16 at a hollow square.

Dining Room
40 in theater-style seats or 48 at rounds.

Entire Conference Center
150 for stand-up receptions with minimal seating


Please note that the usage fee and billing structure for use of the Hefter Conference Center has changed, effective Jan. 1, 2016.

The Hefter Conference Center has a facility usage fee of $250.00, which includes most routine set-ups. This charge applies to a full or partial day of usage. Events cancelled less than 5 business days prior to their scheduled start will be assessed a $50.00 cancellation fee. Non-event usage of the Living Room or Dining room will incur a $50.00 set-up fee.

All audio/visual equipment should be requested at the time of booking, but no less than 5 business days prior to the event, charges for which will be billed according to the Hefter Audio/Visual Rate Schedule.

An original Authorization for Direct Charge of Billing Form must be submitted to the Conference Services Office at least fourteen (14) days in advance of the event to cover the facility usage fee. Faxed or email copies are not accepted by the UWM Pre-Audit office, so an original signed Direct Charge form must be completed.

Hefter - Policies & Booking

Parking Rates & Locations

Free street parking on Lake Dr. from 9am-5pm. Free two-hour street
parking on adjacent side streets.

Directions: Located on Lake Drive Near UWM's Main Campus

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Edith S. Hefter Conference Center
3271 N. Lake Drive
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53211

From the north:
Take I43 South to W. Silver Spring Drive, exit 78. Turn left (east) on Silver Spring Drive and continue for approximately 4 miles. Destination will be on the right.

From the west or south:
Take I43 North to W. Locust St. Turn right (east) on Locust St., drive for approximately 2.4 miles. Turn left onto N. Lake Dr., destination will be on the left.