The Peck Pavilion is a part of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Milwaukee. It backs up to the Milwaukee River on the west, East Kilbourn Avenue to the south, and Water Street to the east.
The Marcus Center received the City of Milwaukee Historic designation in 2019. There has been discussion of removing the four rows of chestnut trees, but this has been delayed. Interspersed among the trees that lead to the open air pavilion are cement benches.
There is permanent covered seating for 400 people. The roof is described in Wikipedia as space frame architecture, "a rigid, lightweight truss-like structure constructed from interlocking struts in a geometric pattern. Space frames can be used to span large areas with few interior supports." In 2012, the Peck received updates and renovations.
Music concerts, dramatic presentations, films, dance performances are many of the types of events held at the Peck. Many of the events are free.
The Marcus Center opened in July 1969 after a three year construction period. Its original name was the Performing Arts Center. However, in 1996, the Milwaukee County decided to change the name after Ben and Ceil Marcus who donated $25 million. Chicago architect Harry Weese designed the complex in the Brutalist style.
A stainless steel sculpture by Allen Ditson, Trigon, is located along East Kilbourn Avenue. It was given in memory of Ida and AP Rosenberg by their daughters in 1970.
The Center is home to Uihlein Hall, Todd Wehr Hall, Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall, Peck Pavilion, Bradley Pavilion, the Green Room, Anello Atrium, Magin Lounge, and Fitch Memorial Garden.