Tour goers will have the opportunity to explore eight of Glendale’s historic and mid-century homes and seven businesses that tell Glendale’s story.

Event Headquarters

The Bavarian Bierhaus, 700 W Lexington Blvd
Glendale City Hall, 5909 N Milwaukee River Pkwy


10 am History of the North Shore with historian John Gurda at The Bavarian Bierhaus
2 pm Mid Century Modern Milwaukee with Matt Amman and Eric Strande at Glendale City Hall: presentation will cover the residential work of architects Donald Grieb (Milwaukee Domes), Jordan Miller (Milwaukee Post Office), Abe Tannenbaum, Russell Barr Williamson, and others.  Go on a picture tour of Milwaukee’s finest Mid Century Modern homes found in Whitefish Bay, Fox Point, Glendale, Bayside, Mequon, and Grafton. Matt Amman is resident of Fox Point living in a Donald Grieb house built in 1957.  Eric Strande is a resident of Fox Point living in a Jordan Miller house built in 1958.

Featured Commercial Properties

Bavarian Bierhaus, 700 W Lexington Blvd
Bayshore Place, 5699 N Centerpark Way
Glendale City Hall Building, 5909 N Milwaukee River Pkwy
InBounds Training Center, 2920 W Vera Ave
Kletzsch Park Pavillion, 6560 N Milwaukee River Pkwy
Sprecher Brewing Co, 701 W Glendale Ave
Town of Milwaukee Town Hall, 5900 North Milwaukee Parkway
Urban Green House, 4215 N Green Bay Ave


$20 Members
$25 Non Members
$10 Volunteers (sign up to volunteer)

Tickets will be available online, at all Colectivo locations and Winkies beginning the first week of April.

Tour Info

After purchasing tickets, you will receive the list of featured properties. You are welcome to begin and end your tour where you choose – make your own itinerary!

Additional Free Tours

Sprecher Brewing Co. 701 W. Glendale Ave. Learn about the iconic Glendale brewery while enjoying complimentary beverages in the Rathskeller room.
These tours are free but require tickets due to limited capacity. No Exceptions.

Volunteer for Spaces & Traces

Join our team over over 100 volunteers and help give guided tours of homes and other sites around Glendale.

Glendale Map Design

2017 Spaces & Traces event design and Glendale, WI Art Map by Milwaukee artist James Steeno ( City and neighborhood Art Maps available at Historic Milwaukee, Inc.

Photos of Featured Properties

Photos of featured properties taken 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 for over 3 decades, volunteers have helped over 40,000 thousand tour goers become more familiar with the unique characteristics of Milwaukee’s richly textured neighborhoods.

Many 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.