Southeast Wisconsin home tours are back and set to show off in 2022

It looks like we may be getting back to pre-pandemic life, at least as far as house tours go.

There is an impressive list of personal tours this year. In fact, some of the tours are expected to be better than ever.

The Breast Cancer Showhouse, taking place June 4-19, returns after a two-year hiatus and will be held in the former UWM Alumni House. a 24,000 square meter private home.

“We’re back and what a way to reappear – with a house that will be one of the best ever, not just for its size but for its history. We’re expecting a record crowd,” said Linda Short, Public Relations Officer and Volunteer Coordinator for the showhouse.

The home, considered one of the finest examples of Tudor architecture in the Midwest, was purchased by entrepreneur and philanthropist Andy Nunemaker, who has been restoring it since his purchase in early 2021.

Because the building has served many functions over the years, many people have ties to it, and that’s probably a big draw, she said.

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The nearly 600-square-foot Queen Anne-style Pabst von Ernst home is on the Historic Concordia Neighbors Tour.

“One volunteer said, ‘I lived in this house as a student when it was still a dorm, and I remember hiding beer in the toilet tank so the housewife wouldn’t find it.’ And someone else wrote and said that they worked on the second floor when there were offices there.

“And a woman from California, mid-80s, comes here to do the tour with people she went to school with because she lived here years ago.

“So many people have fond memories of this house on so many different levels. They want to see how it looks today, whether it was an office or a place for the UWM alumnae. It’s been a very versatile building for many years,” said Short.

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Tour-goers can see the home, which was decorated by more than 35 local interior designers, Short said.

There will be attractions outside, too, said Ellen Irion, chair of the showhouse board of directors and owner of Landscape by Design. She has been working on the gardens since last year.

“By then the planting will have started and people will be able to get an idea of ​​what the gardens will look like. We’re keeping the original footprint of the garden,” she said.

By this time the west walls of the house’s original sunken garden are being rebuilt; a swimming pool that was filled in in 1955 is transformed into a fountain; and a four-car garage, just built from stone from the same quarry used for the home, will be the site of the show home’s boutique, she said.

The Falk Legal Group building on Astor Street, formerly the James Isley House, is on the Spaces & Traces Tour of historic Milwaukee.

Spaces & Traces includes downtown

The Spaces & Traces tour, organized by Historic Milwaukee, will be partially downtown this year, celebrating its 40th anniversary after a year off and a year of virtual tours, said Grace Fuhr, events director at Historic Milwaukee.

“We planned to celebrate this even before COVID. The reason we’re celebrating is because the first-ever Spaces and Traces tour took place downtown. It was called Loft Spaces and Historic Traces. Now the area has become a residential district in addition to being a business district,” she said.

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