Historic Preservation

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In 1995, the City of Wauwatosa created the Historic Preservation Commission to promote preservation of the many historic places in Wauwatosa. Our responsibilities include:

For more information about powers and duties, please refer to Title 24 of the Municipal Code.

Preservation of Properties (PoP) Awards

POP Awards honor exterior improvements to residential, commercial, and public property in the City of Wauwatosa. The nominated property must be at least 50 years old and the improvements must have been completed with five years prior to the date of nomination. This is your chance to recognize and express appreciation to people who take care of their property and who make your neighborhood a good place to live.  Applications will be accepted in early 2021.  Please check back.

Historic Property Intensive Surveys - CLG Subgrant

Phase two of the City-wide historic property intensive survey findings were presented on May 2, 2018.  This phase surveyed approximately 1/3 of the residential properties in the City, within the general boundaries of north of Milwaukee Avenue, east of the Menomonee River and south and west of the City limits.  The survey is linked here:

Phase one of the City-wide intensive survey that identifies non-residential properties of architectural and historical significance that are potentially eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places is linked here:

We were awarded another subgrant to inventory and identify residential properties within the City. Survey results will be available in early 2020.

Funding for the surveys were provided entirely by a Certified Local Government Subgrant from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior and administered by the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Locally Designated Historic Properties or Districts

See properties, sites and districts within the City of Wauwatosa that are historically significant.


We published several documents, including design guidelines, historic surveys and walking tour booklets and brochures.

Historic Preservation Commission Publications


For more information, please email the Planning & Zoning Division or call (414) 479-8957.

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