Silver Spring House History

Silver Spring House

Celebrate the new … Reconnect with the past.

In September 1835, Gordon S. Hubbard (of Hubbard Park) purchased 152 acres, including the land where The Silver Spring House is now located, for $159.35 from the United States Government. In 1845, Valentine Blatz, a brewery owner, and Charles Kern bought the land and subdivided it. The land that The Silver Spring House now occupies was purchased by Charles Krocker; who in 1856 built a log cabin tavern, The Krocker House. On March 3,1902, a Krocker heir sold his share of five acres and a fire damaged Krocker House to John Kleist. Two years later, north of The Krocker House, Kleist built and named his tavern The Silver Spring House, which is presently our back dining room on the north east end of the building. Our main dining room and bar, formerly a dance hall, was located behind the original tavern. In 1915, it was rolled on logs to the present location. As a second interest, Kleist refurbished the remains of the Krocker House and operated a cigar factory. The main brand was known as “The Heavyweight”. The room that is now referred to as “The Garten” was added in the early 1980’s along with our outdoor seating areas.

In 1921, The Silver Spring House was sold to Herman Reese and once again changed hands in 1925 when it was purchased by William Smith, who was commonly known as “Sticks” because of his wooden leg. Smith attempted operating “taxi dances” (10 cents a dance), an activity unique to its era, but it proved to be unsuccessful. In 1935, Al Hahm purchased the business renaming it The Park Tavern and until World War II served food and libations. He featured a Friday Night Fish Fry for 15 cents and a Chicken Fry for 35 cents. For the next 30 years after the war, Hahm maintained it as a corner tavern. In 1976, Doug Siewert purchased the business returning to the name The Silver Spring House. In 1985, The Silver Spring House received Milwaukee County Landmark Status. This status saved this historical building from being torn down due to the widening of Green Bay Avenue. Doug owned and operated The Silver Spring House for 27 years. He was a well loved and respected friend and philanthropist. He is sincerely missed by all who knew and loved him.

For the past 13 years The Silver Spring House has been owned and operated by long time employees per Doug’s wishes. In January 2016, Patrick Connell and his family acquired sole ownership of the restaurant and are committed to offering a fun family friendly dining experience. Welcome and we hope to see you often!