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Trunk to Punk Tour

June 2013

Harnischfeger Mansion

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.

Ten historic 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.

Davidson House

The theme of this year’s tour embraces the Victorian age when the Concordia Neighborhood began (steamtrunk) and today’s reinterpretation of that time (steampunk).

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



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