Historic Architecture Walking Tour

King Street | Sept. 28

Over the years, Madison’s very first street has been home to the city’s first fast-food lunchroom (one-minute lunch, anyone?), first high-volume grocery, and first teacher. Throw in the Majestic (Madison’s oldest continuously operating theater), an art deco high-rise and a Turkish bath and you’ll realize there’s a lot about this well-visited street you may not know.

*This is the final King Street tour for the 2019 season!


2019 Specialty walking Tour

Old Market Place | Sept. 22

Tickets are still available for the 12:00 through 2:30 p.m. tours! You can buy your tickets at the starting location!

Enjoy a walking tour of this near east-side neighborhood between East Washington and the shore of Lake Mendota. See how a historic factory, water utility building and school have been repurposed into apartments. Learn about Madison’s earliest African American neighborhood & tour interiors of the Livingston Inn & the Mendota Lake House B&B.


Old Governor’s Mansion Soiree | Oct. 17

Join us on October 17 for a fundraiser benefiting the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation so that we may continue promoting and supporting Madison’s historic places, neighborhoods and cultural history. We are very fortunate to be holding this event in the Old Governor’s Mansion, now the Governor’s Mansion Inn & Café, at 130 E. Gilman St., which was home to 17 Wisconsin governors from 1885 to 1950.

Enjoy an array of delicious hors d'oeuvres and beverages while you mingle with guests, listen to music and learn more about the history of this gorgeous property.

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About Us

We believe that historic places are cultural resources and that their rehabilitation, restoration and preservation are vital to a sustainable approach to redevelopment of older parts of our community. We believe they are critical to cultivating a civic identity and sense of place. (Photo from Wisconsin Historical Society archives)

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Our Tours

Madison Trust preserves history through our seasonal walking tours, private tours and specialty tours. These tours showcase Madison’s historic architecture as well as our neighborhoods and illuminate the local history and heritage associated with them.



Tour participants in 2018

Join us on a tour! You’ll learn about architecture and the people who lived and worked in these historic, human-built structures.



Tours given in 2018

May through September trained volunteer docents led 32 walking tours through eight historic neighborhoods in Madison.



Years the tours have operated

Over the years our tours have shared our knowledge of the people and places that shaped Madison into what it is today.

What has made me happiest in my time with the Madison Trust is leading walking tours. My hope is that guests will get a new appreciation for the buildings that surround us. Every place has a story to tell and I’m glad to help those stories come alive.
— Michael Bridgeman, member and volunteer tour docent

Mansion Hill West Historic Architecture Walking Tour


Get Involved

The Madison Trust values all of our amazing volunteers. Without their support, we wouldn’t be able to offer many of our public programs such as the seasonal historic architecture walking tours. The ongoing support of patrons like you determines what the Trust is today and what it will be in years to come. We have a variety of ways for you to get involved.


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We value our members and recognize that their support sends a strong message that historic places matter!

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