The Meetinghouse of the Milwaukee Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) was built in 1984 along the Milwaukee River on land entrusted to us by Anita Koenen.
The Meetinghouse of the Milwaukee Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) was built in 1984 along the Milwaukee River, with an expansion built in 2001. The Meetinghouse and Koenen Land Preserve reflect Quaker values including simplicity, ecological stewardship, and service to community. Guided tours are available which include the community gardens begun by Anita Koenen, the land preserve with its native species, LifeWays Early Childhood Center classrooms, and the worship room and library. Information about current activities and historical interest will be on display.
The original design by Willis and Lilian Leenhouts, modified for affordability by Charles Yoder, was expanded in 2000 by Autumn Blakely.
Learn how the river was used in early times and the effects of opening the North Avenue and Estabrook dams. See a display about Quaker scientist Increase Lapham and a proposed canal to link the Milwaukee River to the lead region in southwestern Wisconsin. Enjoy a giant water garden in the form of a ravine along with our efforts in woods and land restoration. The lower paths to the river are steep while the upper paths are fairly easily traversed. There are both community gardens and gardens mainly of native plants.
3224 N Gordon Pl
10 am - 5 pm
Photography, Video, Tripods Permitted
Fully wheelchair accessible