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

Read about Spaces & Traces in the April 14th Journal-Sentinel.


$20 Members- online sales only
$25 Non Members
$10 Volunteers (sign up to volunteer)- online sales only

Tour tickets will be available online and at the locations below beginning April 3.

Spaces & Traces Tour: Glendale

Purchase tickets at the following locations beginning April 3

Only non-member tickets are sold at these locations
All Colectivo locations
Winkie’s: 629 E Silver Spring Dr, Whitefish Bay

Additional Free Tours

Sprecher Brewing Co. 701 W. Glendale Ave. Learn about the iconic Glendale brewery while enjoying complimentary beverages in the Rathskeller room.

Johnson Controls, 5757 N N Green Bay Ave. Tour Johnson Controls Corporate and Power Solutions Headquarters. The campus features four LEED Platinum certified buildings, both newly constructed and renovated spaces that gross almost 485,000 square feet.

These tours are free but require tickets in addition to the Spaces & Traces ticket due to limited capacity. No Exceptions.

Did you buy already buy your tickets? Want to come to our Sprecher Tour? Johnson Control Tour? click below

Spaces & Traces: Sprecher Presentation

Tour Info

Click Here to View Tour Properties

This link is available after purchasing tickets that will provide the password. You are welcome to begin and end your tour where you choose – make your own itinerary!

Event Headquarters

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


10 am Glendale, the East Side, and Milwaukee’s North Shore with historian John Gurda at The Bavarian Bierhaus.

Glendale wasn’t formally incorporated until 1950, but the city reflects forces that surfaced miles south and decades earlier. This talk will sketch in the historical context of a community that has confusing borders but a distinctive place in the landscape of Milwaukee County.

2 pm Mid Century Modern Milwaukee with Matt Amman and Eric Strande at Glendale City Hall.

This 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 – Headquarters – No tours offered, 10 am lecture with John Gurda
Bayshore Place, 5699 N Centerpark Way
Glendale City Hall, 5909 N Milwaukee River Pkwy – Headquarters – Tours offered, 2 pm lecture on Mid Century Modern design 
InBounds Training Center, 2920 W Vera Ave
Kletzsch Park Pavillion, 6560 N Milwaukee River Pkwy
Town of Milwaukee Town Hall, 5900 North Milwaukee Parkway
Urban Gardenworx, 4215 N Green Bay Ave

Spaces & Traces Sponsor 

Volunteer for Spaces & Traces

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

Spaces & Traces Reception

Join us on Tuesday, May 9th and learn about the many wonderful properties that will be open during the 36th annual Spaces & Traces in-depth neighborhood tour at Sprecher Brewery in Glendale. Guests will enjoy craft soda made at Sprecher and hors d’oeuvres.

$10 Members
$20 Non-Members

Spaces & Traces Reception 2017

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.

Spaces & Traces Press

JS Online

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.