Archives for September 2012

Attend HWTN wine tasting Oct. 20 to help fund unique neighborhood history project

Join us at an Historic Water Tower Neighborhood  wine-tasting fundraiser at 7 p.m. Saturday Oct. 20, 2012, to support a unique University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee project documenting the history of our area.

In addition to learning first-hand, er, taste, about the six great grapes of the world and socializing with friends, you’ll be helping us fund a special and important local history project as part of HWTN’s 40th anniversary next year.

This intimate, limited-attendance event, features a wine tasting led by Ben Christiansen, HWTN member and owner of Waterford Wine Company on Brady St. HWTN member Mary Beth Geraci has donated Green & Black’s Organic and Lindt chocolates to pair with the wine and complement our other appetizers (cheese, fruit, sausage). HWTN Membership VP and artist Thea Kovac is also donating a dozen hand-painted wine glasses that will be raffled off.

The special event will be held at the Lake Dr. home of members Bridget and Ingmar Viohl, 2659 N. Lake Dr. Only 50 people can be accommodated. The event costs $50 per person and is open only to HWTN and their guests.

Information on RSVP’s will be included in invitations sent to members by mail and email in the near future. Watch for your invitation, and be sure to RSVP in advance, by the Oct. 15 RSVP deadline. If you have questions or don’t receive your invitation, please email us here.

The fundraiser will help fund UWM’s creation of a permanent historic record of our neighborhood and its residents. The project involves a field study that is a joint venture between the UWM Department of History and the graduate-level Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures (BLC) program, which enrolls both UWM architecture students and UW-Madison art history students. It will study historic changes that have taken place in the North Point Neighborhood by gathering residents’ oral histories, performing archival research and creating architectural floor plans of neighborhood buildings. It will focus on mundane spaces such as smaller residences, stores, and public spaces. Additionally, the field study features an ecological component that will connect people, nature and water.

The study will create a data base of oral histories of local residents, visual and architectural documentation of buildings and landscapes, multimedia digital documentaries showcasing the neighborhood and a website with documentations and documentaries.

Learn more about the project here and read about a similar field study partially completed of the Thurson Woods neighborhood here.


Be sure to send in your check ASAP to reserve your space for this fun event benefiting a great neighborhood project, which will help us commemorate HWTN’s 40 years of service to your neighborhood!


Walking Tour of East Side Milwaukee Mansions Sept. 29

Join HWTN members and guests for a special guided walking tour of historic mansions in the North Point neighborhood of Milwaukee’s East Side at 3 p.m. Saturday Sept. 29.

Expert docents from Historic Milwaukee Inc. will lead the tour through the North Point neighborhood (consisting of a north and a south section). The neighborhood is known for its fairytale-like North Point Water Tower (our group’s namesake) and historic homes that run the gamut from Tudor to Frank Lloyds Wright’s prairie style.

The tour starts from the fountain in Water Tower Park, located just south of the Water Tower between E. North Avenue, N. Lake Drive and N. Terrace Avenue.

The cost is $10 per person. Please RSVP by Sept. 27 to

You can pay by either:

  • Check or cash the day of the tour (checks should be payable to Historic Milwaukee Inc.).

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  • Calling Historic Milwaukee in advance at (414) 277-7795 and paying by credit card. (Be sure to say you are interested in the HWTN North Point tour.)

Tours run rain or shine, so bring an umbrella if showers are likely. See you on this great tour of some of the country’s most well preserved historic homes — right here in Milwaukee.