Spaces & Traces 2015:
Layton Boulevard Neighborhoods


May 16, 2015

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Join us on May 16, 2015 and explore one of Milwaukee’s most vibrant areas: the Layton Boulevard neighborhoods. Experience great architecture including Frank Lloyd Wright and Alexander Eschweiler.

Take a guided tour 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 include both interior or exterior tours of apartments, a church, a fire station and commercial properties. Travel from room to room and learn about the fascinating history and architectural significance of these neighborhood gems.

Pick up a program guide at event headquarters (day-of -the event only), at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1236 S. Layton Blvd.

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

Advanced Ticket Sales

Non Members: $25.00

HMI Members: $20.00

*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.


Spaces & Traces in the news!

Journal Sentinel – April 16, 2015

  • 1030 S 26th Street

    Photo by Brian Fette.

  • 1202 S Layton Blvd

    Photo by Brian Fette.

  • 2902 W Mitchell Street

    Photo by Brian Fette.

  • 1140 S 26th Street

    Photo by Brian Fette.

  • 2722 W Burnham Street

    Image courtesy of Layton Boulevard West Neighborhood Association.


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.