Spaces & Traces 2019: Washington Highlands

May 11, 2019, 9 am to 5 pm

The 38th annual Spaces & Traces will head to Wauwatosa to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Washington Highlands neighborhood. Designed by Dr. Werner Hegemann, this neighborhood boasts an impressive collection of revival styles popular in the 1920s and 1930s including Tudor, Craftsman, and Mediterranean along with Mid-Century Modern additions. The 133-acre neighborhood is a nationally designated Historic District and a Wauwatosa Landmark, built on land originally owned by Frederick Pabst. Spaces & Traces is all about showcasing homes, commercial properties, and welcoming a conversation about the history and future of the neighborhood.

Please contact Grace Fuhr, Special Events Director, if you have connections to properties that could take part in the event: 414-277-7795 or grace.fuhr@historicmilwaukee.org.

History of Spaces & Traces

In the spring of 1981, Historic Milwaukee, 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 three decades, volunteers have helped thousands of visitors become more familiar with the unique architecture and stories of Milwaukee neighborhoods and communities. From elegantly tiled lobbies to condos in former breweries, from modestly scaled working class homes to stately mansions along old streetcar lines, Spaces & Traces showcases a spectrum of architecture and history. Here are the neighborhoods and communities that have been showcased:

Featured Spaces & Traces Neighborhoods

  • 1982 Downtown
  • 1983 3rd Ward & Downtown
  • 1984 Yankee Hill
  • 1985 River Renaissance
  • 1986 Concordia
  • 1987 Layton Blvd.
  • 1988 East Town
  • 1989 Bay View
  • 1990 Walker’s Point
  • 1991 Lower East Side
  • 1992 Washington Heights
  • 1993 Lincoln Avenue
  • 1994 Sherman Park
  • 1995 Story Hill Places
  • 1996 Three Original Settlements
  • 1997 Newberry Boulevard
  • 1998 Historic Third Ward
  • 1999 Brady Street
  • 2000 Rufus King Neighborhood
  • 2001 Yankee Hill
  • 2002 West Allis
  • 2003 East Side Places
  • 2004 Sherman & Grant Boulevards
  • 2005 Water Tower Places
  • 2006 Walker’s Point
  • 2007 Bay View
  • 2008 Kenwood Boulevard
  • 2009 Historic Third Ward
  • 2010 Brewers Hill
  • 2011 River West
  • 2012 Concordia Neighborhood
  • 2013 Village of Shorewood
  • 2014 Washington Heights
  • 2015 Layton Blvd West
  • 2016 Historic Water Tower Neighborhood
  • 2017 Glendale
  • 2018 Walker’s Point
  • 2019 Washington Highlands