Open House Listing

Participating Communities and Sites

Antigo  I  Ashland I  Crandon I  East Troy  I  Elkhorn  I  Fond du Lac  I  Janesville I
La Crosse  I  Marathon City  I  Mayville I  Menomonie I  Plymouth I  Prairie du Chien  I  Wabeno  I Wausau


Antigo: http://www.antigo-city.org/

  1. Hoffman House, 1015 5th Avenue
    Historic Lake Shore Hotel converted into apartments.
    Historic 1855 hotel building, expanded in 1903.
  2. Frontier Communications Command Office, N7626 Hwy 52
    See behind the scenes of how the landline and 911 system operate in the region.
  3. Neve’s Furniture – Masonic Meeting Room, 710 5th Avenue
    Tours of the third floor Masonic Temple meeting room.
    The third floor still features a grand ballroom and pipe organ used for Masonic meetings.


Ashland Architec-Tour: http://www.visitashland.com/

  1. Ashland City Hall, 601 Main Street West
  2. Mural walking and biking tours.
  3. Ashland County Courthouse, 201 Main Street West
  4. Ashland Historical Museum, 509 Main Street West
  5. Clark & Clark Building, 214 Main Street West
  6. Masonic Temple, 206 6th Avenue West
  7. Wilmarth Mansion, 522 Chapple Ave W.
    Built in the mid 1880s by one of Ashland’s most storied businessmen, the 130-year old residence has since served as a hospital and historical society museum. The building was recently fully restored into an event venue on the first floor and second story office space.


Crandon: http://pioneerexpresscrandon.com/userfiles/file/PIEX_160208_Vol_30No_43.pdf

  1. Crandon Public Library, 110 W Polk Street
    Historic Walking Tour of Community
  2. Forest County Courthouse, 200 E Madison St.
  3. Forest County Museum, 103 W Jackson St.
  4. Hotel Crandon Restaurant & Bar, 200 N Lake Ave.
  5. Masonic Hall Vintage Map Display, 118 S. Lake Ave.
    Vintage Gas Station Memorabilia Display
  6. Log Cabin Café, 502 S Lake Avenue, Local dining destination in a historic log cabin celebrating their 100th anniversary this year.


East Troy: http://www.walworthbusiness.com/statewide-open-house/

  1. 2894 On Main Café, 2894 Main Street
  2. Allan ICS, 2021 Beulah Ave.
  3. East Troy House Historic Inn & Tavern, 2093 Division St.
    Hosting guided tours, including of the haunted second floor.
    1836 log structure with past uses including a stagecoach stop, bordello and boot-legger hideout.
  4. East Troy Shell, 2526 Main St.
    Featuring tour of cupola and historic photo display.
  5. Ivan’s on the Square, 2087 Division Street
    Hosting guided tours, including the second floor where footsteps believed to be from the ghost of builder Otto Finn have been heard. Building constructed in 1875 as a general merchandise store. The original elevator is now a wine cellar.
    Kubicki Museum & Heritage Center, 2106 Church St.


Elkhorn: http://www.walworthbusiness.com/statewide-open-house/

  1. 1887 Building – former 1887 Schoolhouse, 3 N. Jackson St.
  2. Doris M. Reinke Resource Center, 210 S. Washington St.
  3. Elkhorn Chamber of Commerce, 203 E Walworth St.
  4. Friends on the Square, 41 N Wisconsin Street
  5. Holton House, 645 N Church Street
  6. The Trinity Center – Former Masonic Lodge, 107 W Walworth St.
  7. Webster House/Historical Society, 9 E Rockwell Street
    Docent-led tours of Webster House.
    Built in 1840, the house was home to famous composer Joseph Philbrick Webster – best known for the Civil War song Lorena and hymn The Sweet By and By. The house is filled with period pieces belonging to the family and the original Elk horns that gave the


Fond du Lac: http://www.downtownfdl.com/open-house.html

  1. 1890’s Historic Building, 109 S Main St.
    Building open to public. Also visit opening week of farmers market (8-noon) adjacent to the property.
    1890’s structure with 3 floors in active use.
  2. Combined Building, 104 S Main St.
    All 7 floors open for explroing, rooftop open provided there is no rain.
    Built in 1923, the building is one of the tallest in the County. It was originally the National Exchange Bank, and later the Combined Insurance offices.
  3. Original KFIZ Broadcasting Booth, 18 Forest Ave
    Open for viewing.
    Currently home to Haber M&M Printing, this was the original KFIZ broadcasting.
  4. Riverwalk Art Center, 33 W 2nd Street
    Guided tour of art center and storage areas.
    This building built between 1977 and 1998 and named The Reporter, now houses Dreifuerst & Sons and the Riverwalk Art Center.


Janesville: https://www.facebook.com/events/1666047896980787/

  1. Carriage Works, SASid space, 10 N Parker Dr.
    Guided tours on the odd hours, putter and bag games with prizes, refreshments available.
    Originally built as a carriage factory in 1900, has been full refurbished into office space. SASid occpuies the third floor.
  2. Cy-Va, 15 N Jackson
    2nd floor space open.
  3. First Congregational Church, 54 S Jackson Street
  4. First Presbyterian Church, 17 N Jackson Street
    Various music performances including organ, piano, handbells and choir on the half hour. Guided tours and snacks available.
    161 year old congregation in 1891 building.
  5. Janesville Woman’s Club Association, 108 S Jackson Street
    Tours of art gallery.
  6. Land Title, 19 N High Street
  7. Lincoln-Tallman House, 426 N Jackson Street
  8. Marshall Apartments, 408 S Main Street
    Self-guided tours with on site staff.
    Former middle school converted to 55 apartments in 1999. Theatre rehabbed by Janesville Performing Arts Center.
  9. Odd Fellows Lodge, 22 N Main Street
    Tours and refreshments from 10 am – 7 pm, talks on the history of the Odd Fellows organization.
    Built in 1867.
  10. One Parker Place, 1 Parker Place
  11. The Venue, 36 S Main St.
    Guided tours on the hour.
    French second empire construction. Originally built as Court Street Methodist Church and also used as a Masonic Lodge.
  12. Trinity Episcopal Church, 409 E Court Street
    Guided tours of church and grounds, arts and craft activities for children.
    Gothic church constructed in 1930 with striking stained glass.
  13. Wisconsin Wagon Building, 509 Laurel Ave.
    Tour of art & sewing studios, on site art demonstrations.
    Former tobacco warehouse converted into art center. Located across from the Gray Goose.


La Crosse:  http://www.lacrossedowntown.com/

Associated activities: Self-guided architectural walking tour brochures available, docent-led tour from 11 am – noon meeting at the corner of 2nd and Main.

  1. Funke Building/Charmant Hotel, 101 State Street
    Renovated candy factory constructed in 1898. Fully renovated into 67 room luxury boutique hotel. Located on the site of the very first building in La Crosse, a log cabin constructed by fur trader Nathan Myrick in 1842.
  2. John Rehfuss Building/Court Above Main, 418 Main Street
    Three store eclectic style building designed by local architects Schick and Stoltze.  Combination of romanesque, queen anne and neo-classical styles. Constructed as a dry goods store and also home to the ywca gym. Now renovated as retail and event venue.
  3. Eagles Club, 228 5th Ave S.
  4. Plow Factory Building, 300 2nd St. N
    Originally part of a sprawling manufacturing site spanning La Crosse Street to Vine Street. Purchased by Allis Chalmers in 1929 and continued operations as a plow factory until 1969. Fully restored in 2004 for retail and office use.
  5. Mons Anderson House/Le Chateau, 410 Cass St.
    Mid-nineteenth century residential architecture including gothic revival and Italian villa styles from locally quarried limestone. The home went from a prime example of Victorian opulence to disrepair and back again.
  6. Pioneer Foundry Building/Piggy’s, 510 Front Street
    Original a metal works foundry for the paddle wheel industry, it was built like a suspension bridge with steel rods rather than support posts. This building type is very rare in the region and is one of the last of its kind.
  7. Pump House, 119 King Street
    Original City water pumping station from 1880 to 1962. The pump house is the last remaining municipal building from the time, although its original 63 foot tower was shortened due to structural concerns. The building was saved from the wrecking ball by concerned citizens in the 1970s.
  8. US Bank Building, 200 Main Street

Marathon City: www.marathoncity2020.com
Ancillary Activities: Business specials throughout the community and a passport enabling visitors to win prizes. Downtown will feature children’s activities, a landscape market, bakery store and petting zoo.

  1. Village of Marathon City, 311 Walnut Street
    Open house of recent local revitalization projects. Popup stores along Main Street, pin ball event, and a tavern walk. Cleanup Day at Riverside Park.
  2. Marathon Area Swim Association, 401 4th Street
    Free swim from 1-3 pm
  3. Eats-N-Treats, 668 Maratech Ave
    Bounce House
  4. Village Inn, 300 Main Street
    Painting classes for kids 10 am – noon, $20. Register in advance at www.paintingwineclasses.com

Mayville: http://121893.wix.com/mainstreetmayville

  1. Audobon Inn, 45 N. Main St.
    Featuring showings of Story of the Marsh in boutqie Le Petite Theater.
  2. Dodge County Pionier, 126 Bridge St.
    Photographic scavenger hunt and vintage car collection on Main Street.
  3. Historic Ruedebusch Building, 119 S. Main St.
    Featuring vintage wedding gown and apparel fashion show.
  4. Hollenstein Wagon & Carriage Factory Museum, 1 N. German St.
    Photographic scavenger hunt and vintage car collection on Main Street.


Menomonie: http://www.mainstreetmenomonie.org/

  1. Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts, 205 Main Street East
    Behind the scenes tours every half hour from 11am-3pm.
  2. Louis Smith Tainter House, 320 S Broadway Street
    Guided tours every 45 minutes from 9 am until noon. This is a unique opportunity to see a historic gem that is not typically open to the public.


Plymouth: http://www.plymouthwisconsin.com/index.html
Visitors will receive a Plymouth Historical Passport at participating locations detailing show schedules, activities and entitle the bearer the opportunity to win a Historic Gift Give-A-Way occurring throughout the day and featuring prizes such as hotel nights, shopping sprees, salon visits and other local business discounts. Clydesdale drawn wagon rides available to take visitors between event locations, historic sites and murals from 11am – 4pm.

  1. 52 Stafford, 52 S Stafford St.
    Trolley rides throughout downtown, historic Plymouth passport stop.
  2. Advanced Eye Care, 300 E Mill St.
    Trolley rides throughout downtown, historic Plymouth passport stop.
  3. Allechant, 217 E Mill St.
    Hosting an extensive vintage collection of lingerie memorabilia. Discounts and giveaways throughout the day.
    Frank Lloyd Wright inspired commercial building converted to mixed-use.
  4. Bar-B-Que, 210 E Mill St.
    Trolley rides throughout downtown, historic Plymouth passport stop.
  5. Bookheads, 214 E Mill St.
    Local author presentations & book signings throughout the day.
    1960’s building known for its Insurance sign.
  6. Cheese Building, 133 E Mill St.
    Trolley rides throughout downtown, historic Plymouth passport stop.
  7. Dreams Unlimited Music, 215 E Mill St.
    Live music performances and display of antique & vintage instruments.
    1882 commercial structure
  8. Plymouth Brewing Production Facility, 207 E Mill St.
    Trolley rides throughout downtown, historic Plymouth passport stop.
    1880 structure originally built as a hotel. Currently being adapted into production facility for Plymouth Brewing Company. Tour of the brewery, invitations to tasting facility and brewing process/equipment information.
  9. Plymouth Arts Center, 520 E Mill St.
  10. Sheboygan County Historical Center Presentation 10-2.
  11. Plymouth Historical Society, 420 E Mill St.
    Exhibits of local interest including cheese industry, Kohler pottery and Native American indianheads. Trolley rides throughout downtown, historic Plymouth passport stop.
    1876 cream city brick historic commercial building.
  12. Pourvino, 437 E Mill St.
    Trolley rides throughout downtown, historic Plymouth passport stop.
  13. Seranya, 307 E Mill St.
    Local artist presentations throughout the day and arts and purse painting class from 1-4. Family craft events at Project Angel Hugs. Wrapping birthday gifts for kids touched by cancer. Historic 1906 structure, originally housed the organization that sets the price of cheese in the US


Prairie du Chien Journey Through Time: http://prairieduchien.org/?q=visitors/events#MAY
Ancillary Activities: Visitors should come to the Knowlton House at 109 W Blackhawk Ave to pick up a free tour site map and activity schedule. Costumed actors strolling the streets to share historical information on the community.

  1. City Hall, 214 E Blackhawk Ave
    Tours of artworks, archival records and building tours available. Those interested in archival tours should contact City Hall in advance.
    Murals depicting history of Prairie du Chien dating to the 1930s, City records dating back to the 1870s.
  2. Crawford County Jail (The Dungeon), 224 N Beaumont Rd.
    Tours by jail staff.
    First territorial jail space.
  3. Crawford Hotel, 205 W Blackhawk Ave.
    30 minute guided tour at 11:00 and 2:00
    This 3-story brick building was constructed in the late 1860’s – the upper rooms were public halls and offices and the first floor was leased to businesses. The property has been a hotel since 1881, but has been vacant since 1969.
  4. Driftless Edibles, 126 W Blackhawk Ave
    Anniversary celebration, food vendors and live music, craft and food demonstrations.
  5. Fort Crawford Museum, 717 S Beaumont Rd.
    Commemorative Cannon Firing demonstrations every half hour from 11 to 4. Self guided and costumed interpreter-led tours and gift shop. Free admission to museum and firings.
    Fort Crawford Hospital is part of the second Fort Crawford which operated from 1829-1856. Zachary Taylor was the first commandant and oversaw construction. Jefferson Davis was a lieutenant under Taylor’s command. Black Hawk surrendered to Taylor.
  6. Holy Trinity Church, 220 S Michigan St.
    Guided tours on the history of the church.
    Founded in 1836, Holy Trinity is the second oldest formally organized parish in the state of Wisconsin, and the first Episcopal diocese of Milwaukee. The building is a wood version of the stone churches of England and the interior is almost completely original.
  7. Knowlton House, 109 W Blackhawk Ave.
    Guided tours. Period displays, historic photos and maps/guides to walking tours of the historic district.
    The residence was built in 1842 as a residence for a local businessman. Captain Wiram Knowlton, a prominent attorney, recruited militia men from his office in the home during the Mexican war. Naturalist John Muir worked in the building as a printer, and i
  8. St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church, 506 N Beaumont Rd.
  9. The Local Oven, 207 W Blackhawk Ave
    Local food and treats – popcorn sampling.
    Built in 1894  as the city fire house and jail.
  10. TRICOR, 133 S Michigan St.
    Guided tours.
    The Zion Evangelical Church was built in 1865, the bell tower added in 1892 and basement/addition in 1919. After a series of church mergers, the property was renovated into office space.
  11. Villa Louis, 521 N Villa Louis Rd.
    Reduced rate entrance fee for the day.
  12. Wyalusing Academy, 601 S Beaumont Rd.
    Guided tours on the hour beginning at 10 am by former St. Mary’s students reminiscing on time at the school.
    The property was originally built as St. Mary’s Academy, Wisconsin’s first women’s college. In 1969 the property was purchased for use as a foster care facility. River to Valley initiatives currently owns the site and plans to renovate the historic structure.
  13. The Dousman House, 128 N Main Street. Featuring The Laughing River show by Mark Twain impersonator Jim Post the evening of May 14. Tickets $5 in advance or $10 at the door. Built as the Railway Hotel in 1864, the structure was used as a chemical company, meat packing plant, and storage facility before being restored as a special event venue.
  14. Check’s Antiques, 115 S Dousman St.
    Free mug of root beer for Journey Through Time visitors.
  15. Planted Tree, 200 W Blackhawk Ave.
    Artistic door prize raffles throughout the day.
  16. Complementary activities
    Free Horse Drawn Carriage Rides from 11-4 in downtown Prairie du Chien starting at People’s State Bank.
    Live concert by Wind in the Barley and concession stand at the corner of Blackhawk Avenue and Beaumont Road from 11-3.


Wabeno: http://townofwabeno.org/FCEDP%20News%203.10.pdf

  1. Arts Emporium and Essenhaus, 4493 N Branch St.
    Building was originally the Eagle Saloon in the 1880s with upper floor hotel rooms. Local art works on display.
  2. Barrier Free Boardwalk, 1840 Cavour Ave.
    Historic Walking Tour of Community
    Boardwalk along Oconto River past sites of 3 different historic sawmill dam sites.
  3. Big Easel Gallery & Bistro, 1784 Maple Ave.
    Local art works on display.
    Built by the treasurer of the Meonominee & Bayshore Lumber Company in 1903, it is an example of a 3-story Colonia style home. Historic displays of original owners on display.
  4. Crystal Bell Inn & Spa B&B, 4226 River St.
    Historic Walking Tour of Community
    1908 Georgian Mansion fully restored. Includes 27 rooms, 9 bedrooms and third floor ballroom.
  5. Wabeno Logging Museum, 4465 W. Branch St.
    Docent led tours, camp cook presentations at noon and 3 pm.
    Built in 1941 by Lions Club, the museum includes memorabilia and records preserved in a replica logging camp.
  6. Wabeno Public Library, 4556 N. Branch St.
    Historic Information available, book sale event.
    Constructed in 1895 as the original Chicago & Northwestern Land Office to sell land to buyers in advance of railroad construction.


Wausau: https://www.facebook.com/events/939306639472315/

  1. CVA Building, 427 4th Street
    Tour of the galleries and talk on conversion of former alley into commercial space.
  2. First Presbyterian Church, 406 Grant Street
    Guided tours.
  3. First UU Church, 504 Grant Street
    Guided tours.
  4. Marathon County Historical Society, 400 Scott Street
    Reinactments, self-guided walking tour brochures available.
  5. River District Antiques, 205 Callon Street
    Porch, Patio and Yard Sale
  6. St. John’s Church, 330 McClellan St.
    Guided tour.
  7. St. Paul’s, 526 Washington St.
    Guided tour.
  8. St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 512 McClellan St.
    Architecture and historic tour.
  9. Shepherd and Schaller, 324 Scott St.
    Specials in store, tour of the basement including underground door and historic remnants.
  10. Then and Now Photography, 300 N 3rd Ave.
    Fused picture display.
  11. Wausau Club, 309 McClellan St.
    Tour of the building and talk regarding former and proposed uses.
  12. Wisconsin Woodchucks Athletic Park, 324 E Wausau Ave.
    Inaugural Fan Fest Event with events throughout the day. The entire park is surrounded by a historic stone wall constructed in 1936. The park was fully renovated for $3 million in 2013.