The Historic Preservation Commission has produced several publications that may be of interest. All publications are available in the Reference Section of the Wauwatosa Library and are available for purchase in the Planning & Zoning Division at City Hall.
Historical Guidelines Manual
The Wauwatosa Historical Guidelines Manual is a user’s guide specifically written for historically significant properties in Wauwatosa. Owners of historic properties, or properties located within a historic district, are encouraged to follow these guidelines when undertaking alterations to their property. This manual is available to purchase for $15 or can be downloaded below.
- Part 1 - Introduction and Commercial
- Part 2 - Residential
- Part 3 - Appendix, including tax credit and designation information
This survey identifies many of the historic properties and districts in the City that are potentially eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places or designation as a local landmark. This publication is available for purchase for $15.
Wauwatosa: The City of Homes Intensive Survey
This intensive survey of residential historic districts highlights the significance of five neighborhoods in the city. It is available for purchase for $15.
Wauwatosa Village District: A Home for Commerce, Government, and Leisure Intensive Survey
The original commercial center of the community, the village intensive survey chronicles the history and architectural styles of the village district and its historically significant buildings. It is available for $10.
Walking Wauwatosa: A self-guided tour of Arts & Crafts, Bungalow and Mail-order Homes
This booklet contains historic and architectural information related to Arts & Crafts structures, bungalows, and mail-order homes including self guided walking tours of five neighborhoods. The booklet is available to purchase for $2.50. A Walking Wauwatosa poster (24” by 36”) is also available.
Wauwatosa Cemetery & First Baptist Church: Intensive Survey
During the city’s early development the Wauwatosa Cemetery served as the primary burying ground for some of the city’s most prominent residents, including veterans from the American Revolution, War of 1812, and Civil War. Located on the cemetery grounds, the First Baptist Church is recommended for the National Register of Historic Places for its significance as a cemetery chapel. The survey is available for $10. A Wauwatosa Cemetery walking tour brochure is also available.