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Schauer Arts & Activities Center

Hartford , WI
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LOCATION

147 N. Rural Street
Hartford, WI US 53027 (map)

PHONE

262-670-0560

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ABOUT US

Located approximately 40 minutes northwest of Milwaukee, in the heart of the Kettle Moraine, the Schauer Arts & Activities Center is a performing and visual arts complex located in... Read more
Located approximately 40 minutes northwest of Milwaukee, in the heart of the Kettle Moraine, the Schauer Arts & Activities Center is a performing and visual arts complex located in downtown Hartford, next to the Wisconsin Automotive Museum. Originally a canning factory, the building was built in 1918. After extensive renovations, the Schauer Center opened in February 2001, and now boasts the 571-seat Ruth A. Knoll Theater, the Suckow Family Art Gallery, The Lodge and Ante meeting rooms, a catering prep kitchen, rehearsal hall, dance studio, and Pikes Peak banquet room. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1918
When was your venue last renovated?
2005
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic Site, Museum
Describe the style of your venue
City, Eclectic, Rustic
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
300
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
4
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
350
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Catering
Outside vendors welcome
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Event Rentals
Offered in-house
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Outside vendors welcome
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

REVIEWS

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Carissa
Wedding:
1/25/2014
5.0/5.0
I was extremely happy with my decision to have my wedding at the Schauer Center. I could not have asked for a better venue, every one was professional, polite, and went above and beyond to make everything go smoothly. I am more than happy.
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Schauer Arts & Activities Center responded with the following comments:

Carissa,
Thank you very much for the kind comments. We had a fantastic time hosting your ceremony and reception, it was a beautiful evening. We wish yourself and Geoff the best in the future.
Regards,
Schauer Arts & Activities Center
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Jennifer
Wedding:
10/26/2013
5.0/5.0
Derek was amazing; we can't say enough great things about him and his staff. From planning, the rehersal all the way to the actual wedding, everything went smooth. If there were things that we wanted to change - he made it happen. For instance, as a wedding gift, a bridesmaid purchased a Smores bar for us. She worked with Derek and planned it all without the bride and groom's knowledge and he didn't even leak a word! He goes out of his way to accommodate the bride and groom and we are grateful for his support and earerness to help. Thank you Derek and your team- you're simply the best!
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Schauer Arts & Activities Center responded with the following comments:

Jennifer,
Thank you for the complimentary words. It was a pleasure working with you on a fantastic reception! Thank you again for allowing us to host your event and we wish you and Aaron the best in the future.
Regards,
Schauer Arts & Activities Center
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Lexi
Wedding:
9/28/2013
5.0/5.0
What an amazing and unique venue for our perfect wedding day! Would recommend the Schauer Center to everyone for any event. Derek was very helpful during the planning process and was present on our big day to make sure everything was executed perfectly. We couldn't have asked for a better wedding venue and staff.
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Schauer Arts & Activities Center responded with the following comments:

Lexi,
We truly appreciate the compliments on our staff and our venue. Thank you again for holding your ceremony and reception at the Schauer, it was truly a spectacular evening. We wish you and Jacob the best moving forward.
Regards,
Schauer Arts & Activities Center
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.7/5.0
Venue is gorgeous and spacious!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.6/5.0
It was great working with Derek!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
1.2/5.0
This place is a joke when it comes to professionalism and customer service. The director of events made it miserable for my caterer as well as his staff to do their jobs efficiently. At one point in time I brought it to my caterers attention that many of the guests still had not eaten when many had been done for some time. My caterer stated that “he was having a very hard time working with the new events director and that the director was not allowing him to do his job in the manner that he normally does it”.

The director walked around our entire wedding night telling guests the rules of the facility and what they needed to be doing or what they were doing wrong. He called last call for beer an hour earlier than it was supposed to be called which gave our guests the idea that the wedding was ending so they started to leave when we still had the dj for another hour.

Any of the positive reviews you see must have happened prior to this event director being hired which just happened a few months ago. The one prior to now was amazing to work with, the new one, not so much. I would strongly rethink having a wedding or event at the Schauer Center which is a real shame because it is so unique and beautiful.
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Schauer Arts & Activities Center responded with the following comments:

Good Afternoon,
It is interesting to note that you do not include a wedding date on your review. It would be telling to know exactly when your reception was held at the Schauer Arts & Activities Center. We have no recollection of the events which you depict and any facts that can be provided to help validate these claims would be most appreciated. Once we know when this wedding reception actually took place, we will be able to respond in much further detail.
Thank You
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kate
Wedding:
6/8/2013
5.0/5.0
We hosted our wedding at the Schauer Arts Center and it was wonderful! So many guests commented and are still talking about how unique the venue was and how much space there was throughout the entire event. They all loved having a separate cocktail hour space that was open all night for guests who just wanted to chat and exploring the auto museum next door during cocktail hour. Derek was great to work with as we finalized the last minute details and was there making sure everything was running smoothly from start to finish! They were flexible with setup timing and coordinating with our day of vendors so everything was perfect when we arrived. Beverage pricing and gratuity is pretty standard compared to venues closer to MKE and you can bring in almost any caterer. Give it a tour-you can't go wrong!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.6/5.0
The Schauer Arts and Activities Center is truly a unique venue. This is not the typical banquet hall. Orange and green walls (no worries, they are subdued colors), a grand wooden staircase, exposed warehouse type ceilings, art gallery for your guests to mingle in, and if you’re willing to pay a little extra, a car museum for your guests to explore. The downside however is the bar selection and prices, as well as the extra 12% they tack on the catering bill.
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WahooWon
Wedding:
10/3/2009
4.9/5.0
Kathy was great to help us both in setting everything up, but as well as to provide for ANY and all requests we had. We had a great time with the setup, bars, the access to the car museum... it was all fantastic! Highly recommended!!!
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Katie
Wedding:
7/25/2009
5.0/5.0
Kathy is amazing! She was so helpful to us in making our dream wedding come true. We had a baseball theme and she even turned on the game for us so we could be updated through the reception! She always has great ideas and I would recommend her and the Schauer Arts Center to anyone!
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suzaloo
Wedding:
7/11/2009
4.8/5.0
Kathy is an absolute peach to work with. She is genuinely excited about any and all ideas that you and your husband-to-be will have. The only complaint we had was that the paperwork was really confusing & overwhelming at first and does take awhile to sort out. The facility itself is stunning and a wonderful mix of rustic (because it was an canning factory) and new (it was completely remodeled to become the auto museum & arts center). I would recommend this place to anyone!
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hrlmercygirl
Wedding:
4/5/2008
4.9/5.0
When we first set foot in the facility, it was SO clean, beautiful, and overall, PERFECT, that I was certain it would be so far out of my budget that it would be out of the question. On the contrary, it turned out to be an unbeatable deal for the facility and services rendered. Kathy was so helpful and handled our (MANY) emails in a very professional way. She was also so helpful in terms of helping to recommend and find other vendors and services and helped us to work with them so that they would stay within our budget! Kathy also worked very hard to make sure that the day of our event was ass stress free as possible. Our only frustration (which wasn't completely their fault) was the mandatory cash bar and the expenses it ensued the day of the wedding because our minimum tab wasn't met by our guests.s However, Kathy worked with us ahead of time to make this minimum tab alcohol free and as affordable as possible! I would recommend the Schauer Arts Center to ANY bride-to-be!!
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