You don’t need
to be decked out in Steampunk to participate in this year’s Historic
Concordia Neighborhood’s Steamtrunk to Steampunk home tour June 15,
but they’ll waive the admission if you do.
homes on Milwaukee’s near West Side will be featured on this year’s
tour, including some that have never been open to the public before.
One such house is the former home of Walter Davidson, one of the
founders of Harley-Davidson, restored to its 1905 grandeur. Also on
the tour is another former home to a Milwaukee industry icon, the
Harnischfeger mansion. The German Renaissance style home, built in
1905, later became a rooming house and counseling center, and barely
survived being torn down. It’s now in midrestoration after many
decades of neglect.
The theme of
this year’s tour embraces the Victorian age when the Concordia
Neighborhood began (steamtrunk) and today’s reinterpretation of that
The tour, in its
22nd year, is reportedly the longest running home tour in Milwaukee.
It’s sponsored by Historic Concordia Neighbors Inc. and underwritten
by Forest County Potawatomi Foundation. It will run from 11 a.m. to 5
p.m. Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 the day of the event and free to
anyone in steampunk attire. Tour headquarters is at 900 N. 33rd St.
For more information, call (414) 459-9375 or go to