Capitol Court, 1951-2000

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Title: Capitol Court, 1951-2000
Call Number: Mss-2995
Bulk: .4 cu. ft.

Historical Note:

In 1952, Schuster’s Department Store purchased 65 acres of land situated between Capitol Drive, N. 60th Street and W. Fond du Lac Avenue for a new shopping center.  Capitol Court opened in 1956 and soon became Milwaukee’s premier shopping center.  In addition to  Schuster’s, the mall housed 59 other businesses, including T. A. Chapman’s, J. C. Penney, Woolworth’s and a Kohl’s Food Store.  Over the years, however, competition from newer malls and the lack of freeway access undermined Capitol Court’s prominence.  Capitol Court was razed in 2001, and a new shopping complex, Midtown Center, was built at the location.


Records consist of photos, clippings, booklets, brochures, and newspaper advertising.

Administrative Note:

The collection was processed on February 17, 2005 by Kevin Abing.


Box Number

Folder Number

Schuster’s – Clippings re: Capitol Court, 1951-1955 1 1
Newspaper Ads, August 1956-December 1958 1 2
Promotional Booklets/Brochures 1 3
Graphics, 1957-1976 (not inclusive) 1 4
Miscellaneous 1 5
Specification Book, Capitol Court Shopping Center, 1954 1 Loose in box

Oversize Items


Common Council Resolution Commemorating 36th Anniversary of Capitol Court, 1992 SM “C”
Aerial View of Downtown Milwaukee XLG


File Number


Groundbreaking & Reception 1 M-199
Construction 2 M-199
Exterior/Interior Views 3 M-199
Events – Christmas 4 M-199
Events – Art Fairs 5 M-199
Events – Miscellaneous 6 M-199
Miscellaneous 7 M-199
2 boxes of Schuster’s 3-D Slides of Capitol Court Model Loose in box
Slide Viewer Loose in box