Walking tours of Lake Geneva return

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Staff | June 1, 2016

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, The Wisconsin Historical Society will be offering walking tours of downtown Lake Geneva and the historic Maple Park neighborhood again this year.

The tour was developed by the staff of the Society's Black Point Estate and in conjunction with the Lake Geneva Preservation Commission and the Geneva Lake Museum.

The 90-minute guided walking tours of Lake Geneva will be offered on Thursdays, beginning June 9 at 6 p.m. through September 15. Tour participants will gather and depart from the Riviera Building, 812 Wrigley Drive in downtown Lake Geneva, and cover roughly 1.5 miles.

“The tour will focus on not only the architecture but many of the colorful personalities and events that make Lake Geneva a special place” said Dave Desimone, director of Black Point Estate. “For a town of this size, the diversity and quality of architecture is truly impressive. This tour will help to highlight some of it.”

Tour participants will learn which buildings were designed by famous architects, which have a colorful past and which significant structures were lost to neglect or the wrecking ball.  

Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling Black Point Estate at 262-248-1888 or purchased day of the tour directly from the tour guide.

The National Historic Preservation Act, enacted after the destruction of numerous buildings and sites in the years following World War II, encourages Americans to identify and preserve our nation's cultural and historic resources. Originally signed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1966, the act states that “the historical and cultural foundations of the nation should be preserved as a living part of our community life and development in order to give a sense of orientation to the American people.”

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