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Historic Preservation
In 1995, the City of Wauwatosa created a Historic Preservation Commission to promote preservation of the many historic places in Wauwatosa. The Commission's 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 the Commission's powers and duties, please refer to Title 24 of the Municipal Code.  

Eschweiler Buildings
The Historic Preservation approved the Mandel Group's Certificate of Appropriateness request for the Eschweiler buildings on May 13, 2013 and reauthorized the certificate on April 2, 2014.  On July 17, 2013, the Commission, acting as a design review board, approved the aesthetics and materials for the proposed new residential construction. 

Preservation of Properties (PoP) Awards

The recipients of the annual Historic Preservation Commission PoP (Preservation of Properties) awards were announced at the Common Council meeting on May 3rd in of Historic Preservation month.   2016 PoP awards were presented to: 
Joshua Jeffers, 6528 West North Avenue, commercial building improvements
Steven & Katherine Thompson, 7513 Watson Avenue, residential improvements.
Check back in early 2017 for nomination information for next year’s award.

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. 

List of past recipients

Locally Designated Historic Properties or Districts
One of the responsibilities of the Historic Preservation Commission is to designate properties, sites and districts within the City of Wauwatosa that are historically significant. 

The Historic Preservation Commission published several documents, including design guidelines, historic surveys and walking tour booklets and brochures.

For more information, contact the Planning Division at
(414) 479-8957. | Email

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