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Spaces & Traces

The 38th annual Spaces & Traces was held in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Washington Highlands neighborhood on May 11, 2019. The event was a huge success with more than 1,400 attendees touring 15 properties in the Wauwatosa 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.

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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.