You need roots to be strong

If you have a passion for preservation, or if you live in a lovely old house, or work in a vintage office, store or industrial building, if you love Racine and want to see its beauty survive – you need to join us.

The Stephen and Frank Bull mansions on South Main Street were razed in 1972 to make way for the East Park Towers condominium block. Illustration from the Illustrated Atlas of Racine and Kenosha Counties, Wisconsin, 1887

We are volunteers who have come together as a nonprofit organization established in 1973 in response to the destruction of two historic mansions (above) on South Main Street to identify and actively encourage the preservation of buildings, sites, and districts in the Racine, Wisconsin area which have historical, architectural, and cultural value.

How we Help

We provide educational materials, programs, and slide shows to schools and civic organizations. We make annual donations to the Racine Public Library and to the Archives of the Racine County Historical Society and Museum. One of our goals is to provide services to the community. We assisted in establishing legislation for the creation of the Racine Landmarks Preservation Commission and the relationship between our two organizations remains close.


Our monthly meetings are enjoyed by all. They are typically held on the first Monday and often take place in historic buildings of all kinds, including pubs, industrial complexes, stores, mansions, churches, museums, and more. We usually get to tour the location and learn its history firsthand. Each meeting has a lively speaker who tells us briefly about the place we are visiting or about something interesting that is relevant to it.

Annual Tours

The Annual Tour of Historic Places is held on the last Sunday in September. Tour-goers are guided through historically and architecturally significant buildings or locations in Racine County. Visit our tours link to see where we have been.