Spaces & Traces

Spaces & Traces 2014: Washington Heights

Washington HeightsMay 17, 2014 from 9am to 5pm

Historic Milwaukee is thrilled to announce Washington Heights as the Spaces & Traces Neighborhood feature on May 17, 2014! This will be the second time HMI has featured the neighborhood, first highlighting it in 1992.

Tickets are on sale now!

$20 for HMI Members (Available online and through HMI office only)
$25 for Non-Members

Non-Member tickets are available online or at Samara Garden & Home (5211 W. North Avenue), Winkie’s Variety Store (629 E. Silver Spring Drive) and at Colectivo (all Milwaukee area cafes).

Click here to purchase online!



Please consider volunteering for Spaces and Traces! We have 3 shifts that we need volunteers for: 8:30 am – 11 am, 11am – 2pm and 2pm-5pm. Volunteer orientation is on April 26th from 9am – 12pm at St. Sebastian (1725 N 54th Street).

Click here for our volunteer form!


We’re All in This Together: What Makes a Great Neighborhood?

April 24, 2014 from 6pm-8pm

Urban Ecology Center at Washington Park (1859 North 40th Street)

Attend our Washington Heights Panel Discussion! Join us while residents, business owners and others discuss what makes Washington Heights “work” and what other neighborhoods can learn. This event is free but only has 100 spaces available.

Click here to sign up now!


Spaces & Traces Wine and Appetizer Reception

Sunday, April 27, 2014 from 4pm-6pm


This year’s pre-event party will be held at the Arts & Crafts home of Edward Szopinski and Carol Justin! Tickets are $35 per person for HMI members and include a wine and cheese reception. $40 for non-members. This event is limited to only 40 guests, so sign up now!

Click here to RSVP!


2014 Preservation Award Reception Honoring Paul J. Jakubovich – May 15, 6PM – 8PM

Paul J. Jakubovich is a Preservation Planner for the Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission, where he is responsible for designating historic landmarks and historic districts and for approving applications for permission to alter historic buildings. Jakubovich’s background includes a degree in architectural history with studies in preservation technology, business and finance. Beyond academia, Jakubovich has hands on skills and has been trained in bricklaying, carpentry, plaster and electricity. Jakubovich has authored three books on historic renovation including As Good as New: A Guide to Restoring Your Historic Home, Good for Business: A Guide to Restoring Your Older Commercial Building and Living With History: A Reference Guide to the Basics of Restoring the Exterior of Older Homes.



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 thirty years, hundreds of volunteers have helped thousands of tour goers become more familiar with the unique characteristics of dozens of historic areas in Milwaukee’s richly textured neighborhoods. In planning each tour 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 20thcentury 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.

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Historic Milwaukee, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of and commitment to Milwaukee's history, architecture, and the preservation of our built environment through education and advocacy. HMI is an affiliated member of the Wisconsin Historical Society, a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Visit Milwaukee.