Doors Open 2021 will take place September 25 and 26, offering in person tours. Click here to view all participating sites! Virtual events and online tours will be available to view Sept 25-Oct 3.

Spaces & Traces Virtual Tour + Live Virtual Presentations – Non-Member


Spaces & Traces Virtual Tour + Live Virtual Presentations includes: 

Online Tour Content: 

Tour Properties: The tour will feature photo galleries and historic content for 20 properties including residential homes and several non-residential properties.

Neighborhood Histories: The tour will also include written histories about Harambee and Riverwest, written by historian John Gurda

Self Guided Beerline Tour: Take a virtual or in-person/self guided walk along the Beerline Trail, a historic railway corridor that has been converted to a pedestrian trail connecting Harambee and Riverwest. The trail features rich history and art installations. The tour was developed by artist Annushka Peck. The tour will also be available as a mobile app beginning May 6, through the Historic Milwaukee app.

Live Virtual Presentations: 

Thursday, May 6 at 6 pm: The Parlor: Restoring and Reinventing a Riverwest Funeral Home
Learn about renovation efforts of a former Riverwest funeral home into a single family residents with home owner and architect Keith Stachowiak

Monday, May 10 at 6 pm: History of Harambee and Riverwest
Historian John Gurda will talk about the history of Harambee and Riverwest.

Friday, May 14 at 12 pm: Historic King Drive with Deshea Agee, Executive Director, Historic King Drive BID

Separate Registration Required for the following free event: 

Thursday, May 13 at 6 pm: Conversations on Gentrification with Reggie Jackson and Zeidler Group (Free – No Charge for this program, RSVP Required, click to register)
Historic Milwaukee is partnering with the Zeidler Group to host small group discussions tackling the issues of gentrification and the effects on Milwaukee’s communities. The program will kick off with a lecture with Reggie Jackson, Co-Founder of Nurturing Diversity Partners.