Friends of Golda Meir Library Host Members-Only Tour of Historic East Side Home

Becker-Fitch house. Photos OnMilwaukee.Com

Becker-Fitch house. Photos OnMilwaukee.Com

The Friends of the UWM Golda Meir Library are hosting a Friends members-only tour of the historic Becker Fitch home on Milwaukee’s East Side on Sunday, October 1, 2017 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friends membership is available at 

Highlights include a tour of the Becker-Fitch house, a French provincial chateau style home designed in 1895 by William D. Kimball, boasting a gorgeous living room and ballroom, among its many architectural delights.

The home’s most unusual feature, a 1923 addition, is a two-story entertainment space that recalls a 17th century Irish pub. Accessed via a spiral staircase hidden behind a living room panel, the “Tavern Room” served as a speakeasy during Prohibition.

There will be light refreshments, a cork pull, a silent auction for an original French WWI poster from the collection of the home’s second owner, Harriet Earling Fitch.

Curators from the UWM Libraries’ American Geographical Society Library, Archives, and Special Collections will be on hand with a sampling of rare materials from their distinguished collections.

Please RSVP for the tour by September 22, 2017 at at 414-229- 6202 or

When: Sunday, October 1, 2017, 2 pm – 5 pm

Where: 2344 E. Back Bay, Milwaukee, WI


  • Tour the Becker-Fitch House.
  • Enjoy light refreshments, participate in a cork pull filled with fabulous wines, or bid in a silent auction for an original French WWI poster.
  • View rare and unique items from the holdings of the Golda Meir Library.