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Schauer Arts Center

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

For more information, or to set up a tour of our facility, please contact our Director of Event Services, Brandon Herr, at brandon@schauercenter.org. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
25
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
4
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic, Museum
Describe the style of your venue
City, Eclectic, Rustic
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
300
What event services do you offer?
Bridal Suite, Catering / Bar, Event Planning, Event Rentals, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors OK, Set Up
What catering services do you offer?
Cocktail Reception, Outside Cake OK
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
What event items are available?
Audio Equipment, Chairs, Dance Floor, Tables
What food and beverage items are available?
Barware
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Wheelchair Access

REVIEWS

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Alexandria
Wedding:
6/13/2015
5.0/5.0
I am so grateful that I selected the Schauer Center for my wedding. Brandon made the entire wedding planning a breeze and was available to answer any questions. Brandon was extremely easy to work with and went above and beyond for us. The day of the wedding was the same. Anything I, my husband or anyone else in the bridal party needed he was there. Seriously, I can't put any more emphasis on how easy Brandon was to work with and how seamless the made the day. Nothing but impressed!
I am so grateful that I selected the Schauer Center for my wedding. Brandon made the entire wedding planning a breeze and Read more...
I am so grateful that I selected the Schauer Center for my wedding. Brandon made the entire wedding planning a breeze and was available to answer any questions. Brandon was extremely easy to work with and went above and beyond for us. The day of the wedding was the same. Anything I, my husband or anyone else in the bridal party needed he was there. Seriously, I can't put any more emphasis on how easy Brandon was to work with and how seamless the made the day. Nothing but impressed! Read less
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Schauer Arts Center responded with the following comments:

Alexandria & Brett,

Thank you so much for your kind words. I had an amazing time helping to create your special day.

Wishing you both the best!

Sincerely,
Brandon & the Schauer Arts Center
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Elise
Wedding:
5/30/2015
5.0/5.0
We could not have chosen a better place to have our wedding reception! The Schauer Center has a totally unique feel to it and we received so many compliments on the space. Our guests loved touring the Auto Museum during cocktail hour -- it really adds a fun touch! The combination of the Pike's Peak room and the Suckow gallery allowed our guests plenty of room to spread out and either dance or chat throughout the night; even with 200 guests, it never felt crowded and really set the stage for a fun evening. While I could say a lot more about how great the Schauer Center facility is, one of the biggest reasons we ultimately chose the site for our reception was because of Brandon, the Schauer Center's Event Coordinator. We can't say enough good things about him. Brandon truly went above and beyond before, during, and after our event. We wanted to do some more unique things which required bringing in several outside vendors, which Brandon coordinated seamlessly so we wouldn't have to worry about it. He was constantly checking in on the bridal party and our families to make sure everything was going smoothly during the reception, and even diffused a bridal meltdown! We highly recommend that anyone searching for a unique venue with a talented, professional event coordinator check out the Schauer Center.
We could not have chosen a better place to have our wedding reception! The Schauer Center has a totally unique feel to it Read more...
We could not have chosen a better place to have our wedding reception! The Schauer Center has a totally unique feel to it and we received so many compliments on the space. Our guests loved touring the Auto Museum during cocktail hour -- it really adds a fun touch! The combination of the Pike's Peak room and the Suckow gallery allowed our guests plenty of room to spread out and either dance or chat throughout the night; even with 200 guests, it never felt crowded and really set the stage for a fun evening. While I could say a lot more about how great the Schauer Center facility is, one of the biggest reasons we ultimately chose the site for our reception was because of Brandon, the Schauer Center's Event Coordinator. We can't say enough good things about him. Brandon truly went above and beyond before, during, and after our event. We wanted to do some more unique things which required bringing in several outside vendors, which Brandon coordinated seamlessly so we wouldn't have to worry about it. He was constantly checking in on the bridal party and our families to make sure everything was going smoothly during the reception, and even diffused a bridal meltdown! We highly recommend that anyone searching for a unique venue with a talented, professional event coordinator check out the Schauer Center. Read less
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Kristie
Wedding:
5/16/2015
5.0/5.0
Brandon was unbelievable ! He went above and beyond to make sure our daughters wedding reception was perfect
Brandon was unbelievable ! He went above and beyond to make sure our daughters wedding reception was perfect
Brandon was unbelievable ! He went above and beyond to make sure our daughters wedding reception was perfect Read less
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Sara
Wedding:
4/25/2015
5.0/5.0
The Schauer Center was the PERFECT location for our wedding. The venue was the perfect size for our guest count of about 150. Brandon the Events coordinator was amazing to work with. He was very accommodating with all my questions before the big day and on the day of our wedding he was making sure everything ran smoothly; I didn't have to worry about a thing. Our guests were able to go right from the church to the reception at the Schauer Center where we had the Wisconsin Auto museum adjoining the hall, rented as well, for our guests to tour and enjoy. The art gallery serves as the cocktail and hors d'oeuvres space in the Schauer Center. The grand built in bar is a great place for everyone to enjoy drinks and appetizers before entering into the main hall at dinner time. The floor to ceiling windows in the hall give an amazing view and back drop to dance the night away. Between the option for the Auto Museum, the Suckow art gallery and the Pike's Peak hall, they all give this venue a very unique feel in comparison to other venue options.
If my husband and I had to choose a venue again we would definitely pick the Schauer Center. We highly recommend Brandon& the Schauer Center to any Bride&Groom looking for a wedding venue or venue for any other event!
The Schauer Center was the PERFECT location for our wedding. The venue was the perfect size for our guest count of about Read more...
The Schauer Center was the PERFECT location for our wedding. The venue was the perfect size for our guest count of about 150. Brandon the Events coordinator was amazing to work with. He was very accommodating with all my questions before the big day and on the day of our wedding he was making sure everything ran smoothly; I didn't have to worry about a thing. Our guests were able to go right from the church to the reception at the Schauer Center where we had the Wisconsin Auto museum adjoining the hall, rented as well, for our guests to tour and enjoy. The art gallery serves as the cocktail and hors d'oeuvres space in the Schauer Center. The grand built in bar is a great place for everyone to enjoy drinks and appetizers before entering into the main hall at dinner time. The floor to ceiling windows in the hall give an amazing view and back drop to dance the night away. Between the option for the Auto Museum, the Suckow art gallery and the Pike's Peak hall, they all give this venue a very unique feel in comparison to other venue options.
If my husband and I had to choose a venue again we would definitely pick the Schauer Center. We highly recommend Brandon& the Schauer Center to any Bride&Groom looking for a wedding venue or venue for any other event! Read less
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Schauer Arts Center responded with the following comments:

Dear Sara & Zachary,

It was such a pleasure working with you both to perfect your wedding day. I am so pleased that you had a wonderful time. Wishing you both all the best!

Sincerely,
Brandon & The Schauer Arts Center
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Mary
Wedding:
4/17/2015
5.0/5.0
We had our wedding at the Schauer Art Center. It was great to have the ceremony and cocktail reception all in one place. We also rented the Wisconsin Auto Museum for guests to view while we were getting pictures taken and during the reception. It was great! People could mingle or go into the auto museum with a cocktail. The Schauer center has so much character and is such a unique venue, it’s exactly what we were looking for something “different”. The addition of the bar to the Art gallery was an absolute hit! The event coordinator is simply amazing!! Brandon was extremely helpful and attentive from the moment I first contacted him. Brandon did everything he could to accommodate our needs and desires. He worked with us to tailor our wedding exactly how we wanted it and ensured that it went smoothly the day of. And it certainly did!! We had so many compliments on Brandon’s attentive service not only to us but to all our guests. Brandon was coined the “GEM” throughout the evening!! He was everywhere and more than willing to help out where ever he could.
I can’t say enough how great our experience was. Our family and friends continuously compliment us on what a wonderful and unique wedding we had there! Brandon definitely helped make our event at the Schauer Art Center a memorable one that will last forever!
Steve and Mary Schafer
We had our wedding at the Schauer Art Center. It was great to have the ceremony and cocktail reception all in one place. Read more...
We had our wedding at the Schauer Art Center. It was great to have the ceremony and cocktail reception all in one place. We also rented the Wisconsin Auto Museum for guests to view while we were getting pictures taken and during the reception. It was great! People could mingle or go into the auto museum with a cocktail. The Schauer center has so much character and is such a unique venue, it’s exactly what we were looking for something “different”. The addition of the bar to the Art gallery was an absolute hit! The event coordinator is simply amazing!! Brandon was extremely helpful and attentive from the moment I first contacted him. Brandon did everything he could to accommodate our needs and desires. He worked with us to tailor our wedding exactly how we wanted it and ensured that it went smoothly the day of. And it certainly did!! We had so many compliments on Brandon’s attentive service not only to us but to all our guests. Brandon was coined the “GEM” throughout the evening!! He was everywhere and more than willing to help out where ever he could.
I can’t say enough how great our experience was. Our family and friends continuously compliment us on what a wonderful and unique wedding we had there! Brandon definitely helped make our event at the Schauer Art Center a memorable one that will last forever!
Steve and Mary Schafer Read less
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Schauer Arts Center responded with the following comments:

Mary and Steve,

It was a pleasure working with both of you to create your vision for your wedding ceremony and reception. I wish you both lots of happiness and lots of fun times together!

Sincerely,
Brandon and the Schauer Arts Center
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Sara
Wedding:
2/14/2015
5.0/5.0
Brandon was amazing with the event coordinating and being so responsive to any emails I sent him. The venue was gorgeous and everyone had such a great time. With being the bride, Brandon did not let me help with anything and made sure that I was relaxed and had a good time. He tried very hard to make everything perfect and he for sure did. Thanks to Brandon, I had the best wedding and reception. I told him I did not know where to get an officiant, caterer, photographer and he had an email for me with names of people that I could contact. If it was not for him I would not have had the most perfect wedding.
Brandon was amazing with the event coordinating and being so responsive to any emails I sent him. The venue was gorgeous Read more...
Brandon was amazing with the event coordinating and being so responsive to any emails I sent him. The venue was gorgeous and everyone had such a great time. With being the bride, Brandon did not let me help with anything and made sure that I was relaxed and had a good time. He tried very hard to make everything perfect and he for sure did. Thanks to Brandon, I had the best wedding and reception. I told him I did not know where to get an officiant, caterer, photographer and he had an email for me with names of people that I could contact. If it was not for him I would not have had the most perfect wedding. Read less
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Schauer Arts Center responded with the following comments:

Sara and Jason,

It was an absolute pleasure getting to work with you both and making your wedding everything you wanted it to be. Thank you for your kind words.

Wishing you all the best in your marriage,
Brandon and the Schauer Arts Center
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Our wedding went so smoothly! Brandon, the event director, did an amazing job. He was extremely professional, courteous, and really cared about making sure everything was perfect for our day. He not only made sure that we were doing great during the reception, but asked our families if he could do anything for them as well. My dad even talked about how great he was during our father daughter dance!!

The space is incredible and our guests loved the history behind the building. The art gallery was used as the cocktail space, and looked gorgeous when we arrived. Pike's Peak is a huge room that Brandon helped make look amazing by hanging our paper lanterns throughout. You might be thrown off by the orange and green walls, but don't be! Your guests won't notice and you won't even think about it on your wedding day!

Overall we highly recommend this venue!
Our wedding went so smoothly! Brandon, the event director, did an amazing job. He was extremely professional, courteous, Read more...
Our wedding went so smoothly! Brandon, the event director, did an amazing job. He was extremely professional, courteous, and really cared about making sure everything was perfect for our day. He not only made sure that we were doing great during the reception, but asked our families if he could do anything for them as well. My dad even talked about how great he was during our father daughter dance!!

The space is incredible and our guests loved the history behind the building. The art gallery was used as the cocktail space, and looked gorgeous when we arrived. Pike's Peak is a huge room that Brandon helped make look amazing by hanging our paper lanterns throughout. You might be thrown off by the orange and green walls, but don't be! Your guests won't notice and you won't even think about it on your wedding day!

Overall we highly recommend this venue! Read less
Services Used: Lighting & Decor, Wedding Venue
Schauer Arts Center responded with the following comments:

I am so pleased to have been able to make your wedding day exactly what you wanted. It was a pleasure working with you!

Thank you so much for your kind words!

Wishing you the Best,
Brandon and the Schauer Arts & Activities Center
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Abbie
Wedding:
9/20/2014
5.0/5.0
We stood up in our friend's wedding. Everything was amazing. Brandon Herr, the events coordinator was nothing less than perfect. So helpful and attentive. My husband and I are considering doing our 10 year anniversary party here!!
We stood up in our friend's wedding. Everything was amazing. Brandon Herr, the events coordinator was nothing less than Read more...
We stood up in our friend's wedding. Everything was amazing. Brandon Herr, the events coordinator was nothing less than perfect. So helpful and attentive. My husband and I are considering doing our 10 year anniversary party here!! Read less
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Schauer Arts Center responded with the following comments:

Abbie,

Thank you so very much for your kind words! They are greatly appreciated! It was wonderful getting to meet you and I would love to work with you and your husband on your 10th Anniversary Party.

Best,
Brandon and the Schauer Arts & Activities Center
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Stephanie
Wedding:
9/20/2014
5.0/5.0
Brandon Herr from the Schauer Center was awesome to work with. He was very responsive with any emails I sent him, he decorated my room and made it look exactly like my vision, and the day\night of the wedding he made sure everyone in the bridal party and our parents were taken care of. I can not say enough good things about him!
Brandon Herr from the Schauer Center was awesome to work with. He was very responsive with any emails I sent him, he Read more...
Brandon Herr from the Schauer Center was awesome to work with. He was very responsive with any emails I sent him, he decorated my room and made it look exactly like my vision, and the day\night of the wedding he made sure everyone in the bridal party and our parents were taken care of. I can not say enough good things about him! Read less
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Schauer Arts Center responded with the following comments:

Stephanie,

Congratulations again to you and David! I am pleased to hear that you were both happy with your wedding and reception here at the Schauer Center. You were a wonderful couple to work with!

Wishing you all the best,
Brandon and the Schauer Arts & Activities Center
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
So happy I decided to use the Schauer Center for my reception! I couldn't be happier! The place has great character and style with plenty of space for any amount of guests. We had about 150 guests and there was plenty of room for people to walk between tables and not feel cramped. The price was very reasonable compared to other places we looked and the fact that the bar is all set up through the Schauer Center helped save money compared to most places we made budgets for while deciding. They are able to get pretty much any beer, wine, or alcohol you want and assisted in keeping within our budget. The additional option of renting the Auto Museum is great to give the guests something to enjoy during down time while the bridal party did photos. The director of event services, Brandon Herr, was fabulous! We started booking and getting things organized with the previous coordinator, and then Brandon was hired midway through our planning. This made me a bit nervous at first, but he was seriously the best thing about the Schauer Center. He kept everything organized and had great rapport with the other vendors. I had concerns about my dessert table when the catering company offered very little assistance and he made sure to take care of it with the catering staff. He seriously was everywhere at once! I really don't know how he keeps it all organized while being of such great assistance to everyone. My bridal party and my parents all commented on how he would check in with them to make sure they didn't need anything during the night. He worked with us to make our specialty cocktail perfect and everything went off without a hitch. He responded to emails in a reasonable amount of time and his attention to ALL details as the date approached was remarkable. So happy we chose the Schauer Arts Center for our wedding and will continue to recommend it to everyone!
So happy I decided to use the Schauer Center for my reception! I couldn't be happier! The place has great character and Read more...
So happy I decided to use the Schauer Center for my reception! I couldn't be happier! The place has great character and style with plenty of space for any amount of guests. We had about 150 guests and there was plenty of room for people to walk between tables and not feel cramped. The price was very reasonable compared to other places we looked and the fact that the bar is all set up through the Schauer Center helped save money compared to most places we made budgets for while deciding. They are able to get pretty much any beer, wine, or alcohol you want and assisted in keeping within our budget. The additional option of renting the Auto Museum is great to give the guests something to enjoy during down time while the bridal party did photos. The director of event services, Brandon Herr, was fabulous! We started booking and getting things organized with the previous coordinator, and then Brandon was hired midway through our planning. This made me a bit nervous at first, but he was seriously the best thing about the Schauer Center. He kept everything organized and had great rapport with the other vendors. I had concerns about my dessert table when the catering company offered very little assistance and he made sure to take care of it with the catering staff. He seriously was everywhere at once! I really don't know how he keeps it all organized while being of such great assistance to everyone. My bridal party and my parents all commented on how he would check in with them to make sure they didn't need anything during the night. He worked with us to make our specialty cocktail perfect and everything went off without a hitch. He responded to emails in a reasonable amount of time and his attention to ALL details as the date approached was remarkable. So happy we chose the Schauer Arts Center for our wedding and will continue to recommend it to everyone! Read less
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Schauer Arts Center responded with the following comments:

Dear Tracy,

It was so much fun working with you to make your day everything you wanted it to be. I had a fun time working with you to create your specialty cocktail and your guests seemed to really enjoy it.

Wishing you all the best,
Brandon and the Schauer Arts & Activities Center

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