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Schauer Arts Center

Hartford , WI
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LOCATION

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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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
Services Used: Flowers, Lighting & Decor, Wedding Venue
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
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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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Julie
Wedding:
9/6/2014
5.0/5.0
I work for a catering company and we catered a wedding there. I felt compelled to write about Schauer's event coordinator, Brandon Herr. He is outstanding! We were so impressed with his willingness to help with anything....he went above and beyond. He has amazing attention to detail and is so friendly and charismatic. He made our job so easy, such a pleasure to work with!! The venue is beautiful and I highly recommend working with Brandon!
I work for a catering company and we catered a wedding there. I felt compelled to write about Schauer's event coordinator, Read more...
I work for a catering company and we catered a wedding there. I felt compelled to write about Schauer's event coordinator, Brandon Herr. He is outstanding! We were so impressed with his willingness to help with anything....he went above and beyond. He has amazing attention to detail and is so friendly and charismatic. He made our job so easy, such a pleasure to work with!! The venue is beautiful and I highly recommend working with Brandon! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Amanda
Wedding:
9/6/2014
5.0/5.0
I had my reception here and it was AMAZING!!!!!!!!! I had a lot of doubt about how my big day in general was going to flow. I never really was around many weddings nor had I ever planned one before. However, Brandon and the Schauer Center staff made all my worries disappear! Brandon handled everything right down to the T and it turned out beautifully! The whole night ran so smoothly I didn't have to worry about anything at all and was actually able to enjoy the whole night. Brandon I have to say is so awesome and fantastic at his job. He was willing and able to help out with anything that needed to be done from making up fancy bows for my candy jars to pouring the water in all the pitchers at each table! I highly recommend having any sort of wedding or party here!
I had my reception here and it was AMAZING!!!!!!!!! I had a lot of doubt about how my big day in general was going to Read more...
I had my reception here and it was AMAZING!!!!!!!!! I had a lot of doubt about how my big day in general was going to flow. I never really was around many weddings nor had I ever planned one before. However, Brandon and the Schauer Center staff made all my worries disappear! Brandon handled everything right down to the T and it turned out beautifully! The whole night ran so smoothly I didn't have to worry about anything at all and was actually able to enjoy the whole night. Brandon I have to say is so awesome and fantastic at his job. He was willing and able to help out with anything that needed to be done from making up fancy bows for my candy jars to pouring the water in all the pitchers at each table! I highly recommend having any sort of wedding or party here! Read less
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Schauer Arts Center responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much for your kind review!

I truly enjoyed helping you make your day exactly what you imagined it to be.

Wishing you the best,
Brandon & the Schauer Arts & Activities Center
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Kelsey
Wedding:
8/23/2014
5.0/5.0
Brandon and the Schauer center were awesome! I absolutely loved the venue, however Brandon made it even better. He was there the whole night of the wedding helping with anything we needed! He went above and beyond! We were short 5 chair covers while decorating and he ran out to get more so we had them before the wedding! I can't recommend this place enough!
Brandon and the Schauer center were awesome! I absolutely loved the venue, however Brandon made it even better. He was Read more...
Brandon and the Schauer center were awesome! I absolutely loved the venue, however Brandon made it even better. He was there the whole night of the wedding helping with anything we needed! He went above and beyond! We were short 5 chair covers while decorating and he ran out to get more so we had them before the wedding! I can't recommend this place enough! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
Schauer Arts Center responded with the following comments:

Kelsey,

Thank you for your amazing review! It was lovely working with you and Mike to make your wedding day everything you wanted it to be.

Wishing you both a wonderful marriage,
Brandon and the Schauer Arts & Activities Center
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Kate
Wedding:
8/16/2014
5.0/5.0
We planned our wedding remotely and picked Schauer based on pictures, reviews and word of mouth. It seemed a little expensive to me, but I found that it was comparable and well worth it in the end. I met with the event coordinator and he showed me around and answered all my questions. I loved it more than I thought I would. The stairs, bar/lobby and banquet room have so much charm and character. The event coordinator was leaving and he didn't have a replacement yet, so I was a little uneasy, but it was still well before the wedding. Brandon took over and was great. I met with him and went over details and bar accommodations. This part is expensive, but, again, comparable and the biggest party you will ever throw! We were really impressed when it came to the wedding weekend. Schauer was flexible and we were able to come in and decorate on Friday. Our caterer, Bubbs/All Occasions (very good as well) had dropped off the table clothes. I showed up with a ton of stuff and a crew of girls. Brandon was super organized and helpful! Saturday, we showed up and just had fun like we should! We added on the car museum for guests, which I recommend also. Guests loved it and we got some awesome pictures. The two bars were plenty to serve the guests (about 160) during the cocktail hour and the rest of the night. Brandon worked with the caterers and kept everything organized and flowing smoothly. We had a live band (Saddlebrook, also awesome). Brandon worked with them on set up and the spot in the room with top to bottom windows was perfect for the band! The biggest relief was at the end of the night, when we did not have to clean up! Brandon and the bartenders cleaned up everything and we were able to leave our things in a secure room to pick up on Monday. We felt like Brandon was a friend at the end of it and he did everything with ease and a smile on his face. We loved our venue pick and want to thank everyone who had a hand it our event, especially Brandon!
We planned our wedding remotely and picked Schauer based on pictures, reviews and word of mouth. It seemed a little Read more...
We planned our wedding remotely and picked Schauer based on pictures, reviews and word of mouth. It seemed a little expensive to me, but I found that it was comparable and well worth it in the end. I met with the event coordinator and he showed me around and answered all my questions. I loved it more than I thought I would. The stairs, bar/lobby and banquet room have so much charm and character. The event coordinator was leaving and he didn't have a replacement yet, so I was a little uneasy, but it was still well before the wedding. Brandon took over and was great. I met with him and went over details and bar accommodations. This part is expensive, but, again, comparable and the biggest party you will ever throw! We were really impressed when it came to the wedding weekend. Schauer was flexible and we were able to come in and decorate on Friday. Our caterer, Bubbs/All Occasions (very good as well) had dropped off the table clothes. I showed up with a ton of stuff and a crew of girls. Brandon was super organized and helpful! Saturday, we showed up and just had fun like we should! We added on the car museum for guests, which I recommend also. Guests loved it and we got some awesome pictures. The two bars were plenty to serve the guests (about 160) during the cocktail hour and the rest of the night. Brandon worked with the caterers and kept everything organized and flowing smoothly. We had a live band (Saddlebrook, also awesome). Brandon worked with them on set up and the spot in the room with top to bottom windows was perfect for the band! The biggest relief was at the end of the night, when we did not have to clean up! Brandon and the bartenders cleaned up everything and we were able to leave our things in a secure room to pick up on Monday. We felt like Brandon was a friend at the end of it and he did everything with ease and a smile on his face. We loved our venue pick and want to thank everyone who had a hand it our event, especially Brandon! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
Schauer Arts Center responded with the following comments:

Dear Kate,

Thank you so very much for this review! It was a blast working with you and Tim on your wedding, and I am so pleased to hear that you were both happy with everything.

Wishing you both the very best,
Brandon and the Schauer Arts & Activities Center
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We recently rented the Schauer Center for both our cocktail hour and reception. We also rented the adjoining Wisconsin Auto Museum for our guests to visit during the cocktail hour. With renting the Schauer Center, we were able to have both the Pike Peak's room and the art gallery for one flat price.

Brandon, the new event coordinate, was AMAZING! During the planning stages he worked with us to make sure that everything would be exactly like we wanted on the day of the wedding. The day before/day of the wedding he helped with getting all of the decorating done correctly, and made it so that we didn't have anything extra to worry about during the day of the wedding. During the reception he made sure that everything went smoothly, working with all of our other vendors, and he made sure that whenever we wanted something, it was taken care of immediately. We cannot thank Brandon enough for all that he did!

We loved the character that this venue had. It wasn't just another banquet hall, and we think that the venue selection went a long way towards making our wedding a huge success.
We recently rented the Schauer Center for both our cocktail hour and reception. We also rented the adjoining Wisconsin Read more...
We recently rented the Schauer Center for both our cocktail hour and reception. We also rented the adjoining Wisconsin Auto Museum for our guests to visit during the cocktail hour. With renting the Schauer Center, we were able to have both the Pike Peak's room and the art gallery for one flat price.

Brandon, the new event coordinate, was AMAZING! During the planning stages he worked with us to make sure that everything would be exactly like we wanted on the day of the wedding. The day before/day of the wedding he helped with getting all of the decorating done correctly, and made it so that we didn't have anything extra to worry about during the day of the wedding. During the reception he made sure that everything went smoothly, working with all of our other vendors, and he made sure that whenever we wanted something, it was taken care of immediately. We cannot thank Brandon enough for all that he did!

We loved the character that this venue had. It wasn't just another banquet hall, and we think that the venue selection went a long way towards making our wedding a huge success. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
Schauer Arts Center responded with the following comments:

Megan,

You and Dustin were absolutely wonderful to work with. I am so happy you were happy with your wedding reception here at the Schauer Center. I am wishing you both a very wonderful marriage.

Congratulations again and best wishes!

Warmly,
Brandon and the Schauer Arts & Activities Center

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