Spaces & Traces 2022: Featuring tours of residential and commercial spaces and historic traces Downtown

May 7, 9 am - 5 pm

Historic Milwaukee, Inc. will host our 40th Spaces & Traces neighborhood tour Downtown on May 7, 2022. The program, which offers guided tours of residential properties, will showcase historic, restored and newly constructed homes, apartments, condos, hotels, and commercial spaces in Milwaukee’s Downtown, Westown, Yankee Hill, and Third Ward.

How it works: Leading up to the tour on May 7, participating locations are thoroughly researched by an experienced Historic Milwaukee volunteer. This research is turned into a script for tours given during the event. All attendance is by paid ticket. We work with participating sites to determine where attendees are able to tour on the property. Tour sites are open to attendees on Saturday May 7, 2022, from 9 am to 5 pm. Tours are led by trained and trusted Historic Milwaukee docents who also keep watch on the property throughout the tour. We would work with your staff to coordiante where volunteers are needed.

Historic Milwaukee is a non-profit dedicated to educating the public about Milwaukee’s history, architecture, and neighborhoods. Our organization has a 39-year track record of successful home tours, offering guided tours of hundreds of unique homes across the city during Spaces & Traces.

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Contact: Please call or email me if you are interested in learning more about this event. Thanks in advance for your consideration:  414-277-7795 or grace.fuhr@historicmilwaukee.org. 

Spaces & Traces FAQs

About Historic Milwaukee and Spaces & Traces Background 

About Historic Milwaukee, Inc.

Since 1974, Historic Milwaukee, Inc. has been dedicated to increasing awareness of and commitment to Milwaukee's history, architecture and the preservation of our built environment. Our programs include year round neighborhood walking tours; school tours geared toward elementary students; book talks and lectures on an array of topics; Spaces & Traces, a tour of residential homes; and Doors Open, a free event opening the doors to buildings throughout Metro Milwaukee.

History of Spaces & Traces

History of Spaces & Traces: In the spring of 1981, Historic Milwaukee, Inc. hosted its first Spaces & Traces residential tour featuring lofts and apartments in the downtown area. Over the last three decades, Historic Milwaukee has grown this event to feature many Milwaukee neighborhoods and several neighboring suburbs. Through the event, hundreds of curious visitors learn about Milwaukee’s history and architecture through guided home tours

Goals/Outcomes

Historic Milwaukee is committed to raising awareness of Milwaukee’s built environment by sharing its history, architecture and neighborhoods. Spaces & Traces and other Historic Milwaukee programs have the following goals:  

  • Showcase the architecture and community stories of Milwaukee’s neighborhoods
  • Raise awareness of the critical role design plays in a vibrant and livable city
  • Foster civic and community pride
  • Welcome exploration of neighborhoods
  • Improve perceptions and appreciation of neighborhoods