Spaces & Traces 2015:
Layton Boulevard Neighborhoods

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May 16th, 2015     |     9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thank you for joining us May 16, 2015 and exploring one of Milwaukee’s most vibrant areas: the Layton Boulevard neighborhoods. I hope you xperienced great architecture including Frank Lloyd Wright and Alexander Eschweiler. We provided guided tours of the interior of five private homes, the beauty of the School Sisters of St. Francis St. Joseph Center Chapel and the Frank Lloyd Wright American System-Built homes. Other tour locations included both interior or exterior tours of apartments, a church, a fire station and commercial properties.

  • Reception: Join us from 6-8 p.m. May 14 at the Halls of History, Forest Home Cemetery, as we celebrate the tour property owners and present Gorman & Co. with the Historic Preservation award.
  • Tours run continuously between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Make your own itinerary and spend a day exploring this neighborhood.
  • Tour booklets: Pick up your tour booklet at event headquarters, Ascension Lutheran Church, 1236 S. Layton Blvd. or at the School Sisters of St. Francis, 1515 S. Layton Blvd. Tour booklets available at ALL properties.
  • John Gurda lecture: 1:30 p.m. at the St. Joseph Chapel, 1501 S. Layton Blvd. All attendees must have a Spaces & Traces ticket to attend.
  • Post-event party at Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall, 1920 S. 37th St. starting at 5:30 p.m. May 16th. Wear your polka shoes.

Click here to see a sneak peak of the homes featured in this year’s event!

Click here to download a map of the event!

Click here to see a video about the Silver City Townhomes: 

Around the Corner with John McGivern: This episode features the Silver City neighborhood and features many Spaces & Traces tour sites including the Urban Ecology Center, the School Sisters of St. Francis, the Silver City Townhomes and the home of Mel and Mark Miskimen at 930 S. 33rd St.

*If purchasing tickets online, you must PRINT your ticket voucher or SHOW purchase confirmation on your smart phone in order to be admitted to any of the sites included in this year’s event.

Regular price tickets also available at all area Colectivo Cafes, Winkie’s and Samara Garden & Home.

  • 1030 S 26th Street
    1030 S 26th Street, Photo by Brian Fette.

History of Spaces & Traces

In the spring of 1981, Historic Walker’s Point, Inc. hosted its first day-long tour entitled Loft Spaces and Historic Traces, featuring interiors as well as exteriors of several buildings in the downtown area. Since then, the name has evolved into Spaces & Traces and over the past 34 years, volunteers have helped thousands of tour goers become more familiar with the unique characteristics of Milwaukee’s richly textured neighborhoods.

All kinds of spaces have been featured from elegantly tiled lobbies, to condos in former breweries, from modestly scaled working class homes to stately mansions along old streetcar lines. In the last three decades, much has been learned about how many 19th and 20th century former and present churches, schools, factories, taverns, warehouses, firehouses, cemeteries, parks and homes have been renovated, restored, or otherwise retooled for twenty-first century uses. Over the years, tour attendees have been educated about the “historical traces” of areas as varied as the Third Ward, Yankee Hill, Lincoln Avenue, Bay View, Rufus King, Newberry Blvd, Sherman Park, and Story Hill as well as the areas along the rivers in downtown, Brady Street, Riverwest, and Walker’s Point. Areas outside of Milwaukee have featured West Allis and Shorewood.