Greendale Historical Society

Preserving appreciation of Greendale, Wisconsin, one of only three American Greenbelt communities.

Tour of Original Homes

Tour of Original Homes Returns on September 7

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Above is one of the featured homes on the tour. This house was visited by Eleanor Roosevelt during her visit to Greendale, Wisconsin.

The Greendale Historical Society is inviting the public to stroll in the steps of Eleanor Roosevelt and enjoy the past and present in historic Greendale on Saturday, September 7 from 9 a.m. to noon during the “Tour of Original Homes”. In 2013, the Village of Greendale’s historic district including the homes on the tour were formally designated as a National Historic Landmark.

“Visitors to Greendale often express their desire to see the inside of a Greendale ‘original’ home,” says tour co-organizer Joan Berg. “As we celebrate Greendale’s 75th anniversary, a number of these historic homes will be open to the public and The Greendale Historical Society is proud to be able to offer this opportunity. We believe the tour is going to be a great, fun event for visitors and the community.”

“This is a great chance to get an inside look at some of Greendale’s finest ‘original’ homes and we are very grateful that homeowners are opening their homes to the public.”


“We are very excited about this unique event” added co-organizer Joanne Dorow. “This is a great chance to get an inside look at some of Greendale’s finest ‘original’ homes and we are very grateful that homeowners are opening their homes to the public.”

The walking tour will also allow visitors to tour the historic Village which was built on the "garden city" model, in which housing was situated within easy walking access of gardens, employment, and a town center.

Advance tickets are $15. The price at the door is $20 on the day of the event. You can purchase tickets on-line, please click here. Advance tickets can also be purchased at the Greendale Visitor Center, Greendale Public Library and at the Greendale Historical Society's office located at 5650 Parking Street, Greendale, WI 53129.

If you choose to purchase your tickets on-line, your tickets will be available for pick-up on September 7 at the Hose Tower in downtown Greendale. The Hose Tower is located just west of the Greendale Public Library at 5650 Parking Street.

Please note that this tour is self guided, with docents along the tour route and inside the “original” homes. Please plan on about 1-2 hours for the full walking tour of all the homes

For more information, or if you would like to volunteer for this event, please call (414) 423-7064.