bring a map & hit the road!
VISUAL VIBES ON VILLARD: OUTDOOR MURAL WALL CRAWL
Submitted by Villard Avenue Business Improvement District
Visual Vibes on Villard is the largest public art installment on the north side of Milwaukee, which includes building murals, bus stop art, and soon-to-be installed pedestrian asphalt art. This year's Jane's Walk "Take 5 tour" spotlights our building murals, which offers a variety of themes that were identified as important during our community visioning with our residents, businesses and stakeholders such as Environmental Conservation, Health & Wellness, Neighborhood History, Cultural Pride and Community Pride. "Our Devotion To The Ocean" mural is one of Milwaukee's only interactive murals that features an "ussie" museum, a little free art box filled with coloring books that match our murals for children, and a QR code that sends visitors to our Villard website (www.villardave.com) to learn more about endangered ocean life.
This 0.5-mile route is accessible by foot, bike, wheelchair, and bus, but cyclists should be careful since bike lanes won't be installed until summer 2021.
A HOME FOR HEROES: MILWAUKEE SOLDIERS HOME
Submitted by Milwaukee Preservation Alliance
Arguably the most significant VA campus in the nation, Milwaukee's Soldiers Home dates to 1867 and was one of the original "Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers" established by President Lincoln as one of his final acts of legislation and located in Milwaukee thanks to the efforts of a group of local woman passionate about veteran care. By 2010, however, the grand Victorian Gothic Old Main had been vacant for 20 years and was threatened with demolition. Thanks to the efforts of the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Zablocki VA, Alexander Company, and many others, it and 5 other buildings on the campus recently reopened to provide housing to veterans at risk of homelessness. This tour provides a quick overview of the beautiful landscaped campus.
A full walking tour app is available to download at https://www.savethesoldiershome.com/tour.