Milwaukee’s Washington Park Bandshell — also named for its donor, The Emil Blatz Temple of Music — is worthy of preservation and deserving of recognition as an important historic place. Built in 1938, it is an outstanding example of an early 20th-century bandshell (many around the country of which are already on the National Register), it is set within an excellent American park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, and it is significant for its prominent Milwaukee architect and its exemplary Art Deco design. It is an important representation of Milwaukee’s brewing industry and rich ethnic music, both cultural characteristics of the city which Emil Blatz represented. We hope that his legacy is preserved here at the Temple of Music, the bandshell that he gave to the people of Milwaukee.
Video created by Wendy Bright for my Historic Preservation class (UWM Graduate School) and for the Wisconsin Trust for Historic Places.