The Centerpiece of Our Reborn Downtown: Bucyrus Club Nears Completion

Sixteen months after we announced the project, the transformation is almost complete.

Work on the Bucyrus Club & Events Center is wrapping up, and the public will be welcomed into the facility in July. If you’re like me, it will blow you away.

Check out coverage — with plenty of photos — from the Business Journal, OnMilwaukee and BizTimes in the last week.

From the BizTimes story …

Located at 1919 12th Ave., The Bucyrus Club has been under construction for the past eight months, with Milwaukee-based CG Schmidt Inc. as manager.

A second tenant, the South Milwaukee Industrial Museum, will occupy the 5,500-square-foot second floor for its new Bucyrus Museum, which honors the history of crane manufacturer Bucyrus International Inc. The nonprofit will have its offices on the third-floor loft area, with windows overlooking the exhibit area.

Skyline’s ground-floor space includes the Grand Ballroom, which seats up to 220 people, as well as the 1893 Ballroom, which seats up to 120 people. Sandwiched in between the two venues is the Founder’s Room & Fireplace Lounge, which will operate as a full-service bar-restaurant Tuesday through Friday but is also available to book for smaller events.

So far, The Bucyrus Club has more than 50 events, such as weddings, class reunions and showers, scheduled on the books between this year and next year, said Wunsch. He was initially concerned there would not be much interest since the space hasn’t been available to tour. 

“It helps that COVID put all of last year’s weddings into this year, so there’s a double scramble for bookings,” he said. “A new venue is positioned perfectly right now for opening.”

Both The Bucyrus Museum and the banquet facility are slated to open in mid-July.

Not noted in the story is the deli, coming in July as well — a place to grab a lunchtime sandwich and sit out on the covered patio. More to come on that.

One of the many cool stories with this development is its new photogenic centerpiece — a partnership between Caterpillar employees, the center and the museum.

I love to see the community rallying around this project!

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