• About Tripoli Shrine Center

Tripoli Shrine Center: Milwaukee’s Historic Venue

Milwaukee's Tripoli Shrine Center, an architectural replica of India’s Taj Mahal, is on the National Register of Historic Places for its significance in local culture, history, and architecture. Completed in 1928, it is one of Milwaukee’s unique landmarks and is home and headquarters to Milwaukee’s Shriners International. Tripoli Shrine Center is available for public rental to hold events.


This film, set in 1930, takes you into the lives of a young couple who wanted to get married just as the market crash of 1929 was taking hold in Milwaukee, WI. The original concept for this project was a corporate video for The Tripoli Shrine Center. But further inspiration led us to produce it as a “Film Short” 15 minutes in length. It is written, directed and produced by Jim De Koch and Kurt Cowling. We hope you enjoy this touching love story, filled with drama and even some scandal. Roll ‘em.


About Tripoli Shrine Center

Whether you need a place to celebrate with family and friends or to hold a corporate or non-profit event, you won’t find a more beautiful venue than Tripoli. Three halls available for rent give you a choice of a majestic foyer, a spacious ballroom, or an intimate parlor.

The Grand Dome and Foyer
Rent the space beneath Tripoli’s Grand Dome for a unique wedding ceremony, dinner venue, or photo-op.

Humphrey Hall Ballroom
The ballroom fits up to 400 guests and offers a dropdown screen, theater-style stage with a curtain, and expansive dance floor. This large reception hall is perfect for weddings, anniversary celebrations, sorority formals, and quinceañeras.

Melham Parlor
Choose the parlor for small group gatherings such as business, corporate, or board meetings or special presentations. It seats 85 people. Tripoli offers breakfast, lunch, or dinner catering for your event.


The Shriners and What We Stand For

The Shriners, founded in New York City in 1872, are an organization composed solely of Master Masons. This is an international fraternity of over a half million members belonging to 195 Shrine Centers worldwide.

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Shriners Hospitals for Children (up to age 18)

The Shrine, although known for colorful parades, circuses and clowns, has a more serious side as well. Since 1922, the Shrine has supported and operated a network of 22 specialized hospitals providing expert orthopedic and burn care to children 18 and under, regardless of the patient’s or family’s ability to pay.
In 1922, the Shriners established the first pediatric orthopedic hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana. This started a tradition of addressing special needs of children:

  • The first pediatric burn hospitals, paving way for similar facilities worldwide
  • The first pediatric spinal cord rehabilitation units
  • The first pediatric air ambulance to transport critically injured burn patients with specialists on board


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