OverviewIn 1995, the City of Wauwatosa created the Historic Preservation Commission to promote preservation of the many historic places in Wauwatosa. Our responsibilities include:
- Designating historic properties, sites, and districts
- Serving as a design review board for locally designated historic properties
- Providing historic preservation education
For more information about powers and duties, please refer to Title 24 of the Municipal Code.
Preservation of Properties (PoP) Awards
To honor Historic Preservation month, the recipients of the annual Historic Preservation Commission PoP (Preservation of Properties) award were announced at the Tuesday, May 7, 2019 Common Council meeting. The awards were presented to:
- Steven and Sarah Fettig for exterior improvements, including a rear addition and landscaping, at 2145 Wauwatosa Avenue.
- Paul Hackbarth, Hackbarth Commercial, for exterior property improvements, including an addition and landscaping, at Birch, 6610 West North Avenue
- Sally and Gary Sprenger, Harwood Place Partners, for exterior property improvements at 7405 Harwood Avenue.
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. Check back in early 2020 for the nomination application.
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 2018.
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
We published several documents, including design guidelines, historic surveys and walking tour booklets and brochures.
For more information, please email the Planning & Zoning Division or call (414) 479-8957.