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Spaces & Traces 2021

The 39th annual Spaces & Traces neighborhood tour has been postponed until May 8, 2021. This tour invites the public to tour 20+ residential and commercial properties in Harambee and Riverwest.

Tour Announcement

Historic Milwaukee has been monitoring news from the Centers for Disease Control and Governor Evers and their guidance for keeping us safe during this public health crisis. Historic Milwaukee has postponed this tour until May 8, 2021.

Tour Information 

Tour Properties 

The tour will feature 10 residential properties in Harmabee, eight residential properties in Riverwest, and five non-residential properties throughout both neighborhoods. Tours of all residential properies focus on the history and architecture of the home and are led by volunteer docents.

Where to Start the Tour 

Start your day at one of the event headquarters to pick up a tour booklet which includes a map of all featured properties. From there, you can start and end your tour at any of the featured properties. If you puchase tickets online, you will receive a list of all participating properties and make your own itinerary.

Event Headquarters
Tickets and tour booklets are available at event headquarters from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts, 926 E. Center St.
Victory Garden Initiative, 249 E. Concordia Ave.

10:00 am at Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts, 926 E Center St.: The Parlor: Restoring and Reinventing a Riverwest Funeral Home with owner Keith Stachowiak
11:00 am at All People's Church, 2600 N 2nd St: The History of Harambee & Riverwest with historian John Gurda
1:00 pm at King Drive Commons Gallery & Studio, 2707 N. Dr. MLK Drive: Historic King Drive with Deshea Agee, Executive Director, Historic King Drive BID

Please follow posted signs and parking regulations when parking and respect neighbor driveways.
There are multiple bus lines that stop near or pass through the neighborhoods: 14, 15, 19, 21, 22, 40U, 60.

Interior photography is not permitted at any of the residential properties on the tour.

Event Guide Advertising

Spaces & Traces typically attracts more than 800 people during the event which lasts from 9 am to 5 pm on May 9.

There's several ways for local businesses to get involved:    

  • Consider taking out an ad in our program guide. This is great opportunity to advertise your business to a market of people who enjoy exploring and supporting local businesses.


  • Offer a discount to tour takers on the day of the event. Businesses who provide a discount or deal to tour goers will be listed in the program guide at no fee.

Spaces & Traces is supported in part by a grant from the Milwaukee Arts Board and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.