Archives for October 2016

Repairs and Restoration of North Point Water Tower to be Completed in Spring 2017

UPDATE Dec. 2, 2016

The Milwaukee Water Works is reporting that its contractor found cracks in the stone finial during the carving process. A new piece had to be supplied and carved.

As a result, the cold weather now will not allow the work to proceed. Completion of the stone work including finials will proceed in the spring when weather permits, guessing mid-April. The upper portion of the tower is competed. There remains approximately 2 weeks of masonry work on the project. Soon the scaffolding and swing stage will be removed from the tower as that work is complete.



Exterior and interior repairs and restoration on the North Point Water Tower will be completed by Dec. 9, 2016, according to an Oct. 28  letter from Milwaukee Water Works Superintendent Carrie M. Lewis.

In the letter, Lewis says that repairs began May 9 and have included —

  • Interior: Tuck pointing, repairs and cleaning of brick; replacement of original cast iron floor plates with galvanized plates, and
  • Exterior: Masonry work, replacement of damaged brick, painting and sealing of wood windows.

At the end of the project, three new stone finials will be installed.

According to a fascinating Water Works history of the 175-foot water tower — which includes a photo of a cow, yes, a cow, grazing in front of the tower —  it was first put into service in September 1874.

Repairs underway this month (October 2016)

Repairs underway this month (October 2016)

“The decorative stonework of the tower housed a tall standpipe, open at the top, that absorbed pulsations of water from the reciprocating steam-driven engines in the pumping station below,” the history says. “The station and the tower served for 50 years as the sole source of lake water into the distribution system.”

Historic Water Tower Neighborhood greatly appreciates the maintenance and preservation work being done on our namesake and treasured city icon. We wish to thank Mayor Tom Barrett, DPW Commissioner Ghassan Korban, Superintendent Lewis and Ald. Nik Kovac for their support of making this possible.

Neighborhood’s Famous Frank Lloyd Wright “Bogk House” Featured in Journal Sentinel

wright wright-copyThe famous Frank Lloyd Wright “Bogk House,” one of our neighborhood’s unique historic homes, is featured in a recent edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The story features a photo gallery and an interview with one of the owners, Barbara Elsner, a devoted Wright advocate and a founder of Historic Water Tower Neighborhood.


Plan to Celebrate Holidays at Member Soiree Friday Dec. 9

Mark your calendars for the annual Historic Water Tower Neighborhood Holiday Party and 43rd Anniversary Celebration, from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Friday Dec 9, 2016.

As in recent years, HWTN member Andy Nunemaker will host the party at his stunning home, 2221 N Terrace Ave.

andyThe party is open to HWTN members only. If you haven’t renewed or joined for our membership year that began Oct. 1, please go to our website today and become a member.

The party will feature a festive buffet, wine and beer. Opportunities to share your culinary talents for a discounted registration fee will, once again, be an option.

Information on the cost and how to sign up and pay will be sent to members.

Also, HWTN member Adrian Zilvetti is asking for volunteers to help with invitations, food and beverage coordination, set-up and tear down for this year’s holiday party. Please email Adrian at or call 414-530-6620 to offer your assistance.

HWTN Annual Meeting, Briefing on Proposed County and City Budgets Set for Wednesday Nov. 2

The proposed 2017 Milwaukee County and City of Milwaukee budgets will be presented by top officials at Historic Water Tower Neighborhood’s monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 2, 2016.

Supervisor Sheldon Wasserman

Supervisor Sheldon Wasserman

Members also will be asked to vote on a slate of 2017 officers and trustees at HWTN’s annual meeting starting at 8:15 p.m. that evening.

Milwaukee County 3rd District Board Supervisor Sheldon A. Wasserman will discuss the proposed 2017 Milwaukee County budget. Discussion will include updates on the Historic Lake Park Concrete Footbridge. Wasserman was elected to the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors on April 5, 2016, to represent the residents of Milwaukee County’s 3rd District, which includes Milwaukee’s Eastside, the Village of Shorewood and the Village of Whitefish Bay.

Ald. Nik Kovac

Ald. Nik Kovac

City of Milwaukee 3rd District Alderman Nik Kovac will discuss the proposed 2017 City of Milwaukee budget. Ald. Kovac has been alderman for Milwaukee’s 3rd District, which includes the East Side, Riverwest and north Downtown neighborhoods, since April 2008. He serves as chair of the City Information Management Committee; Vice-Chair of the Milwaukee Arts Board; and a member of the Public Works Committee, Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee; Library Board; and Deferred Compensation Board.

Members should watch their mail for the list of proposed 2017 officers and trustees.  All members are eligible to vote.

The meeting takes place in the Marcia Coles Community Room in Lake Park Pavilion, below Lake Park Bistro. Complimentary coffee and cookies provided by Lake Park Bistro will be available starting at 6:45 p.m. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Violence Prevention, Crime Update, Focus of HWTN Oct. 5 Meeting

City efforts to prevent violence, and an update from police on crime in our area will be the main topics for Historic Water Tower Neighborhood’s monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 5, 2016.

Reggie Moore, director of the Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention, will be our keynote speaker. Appointed by Mayor Tom Barrett in April 2016, Reggie leads the city’s efforts to assess, prevent, and decrease incidents of structural and community violence. The office takes a public health approach to violence by measuring what works, scaling effective practice and preventing the transmission of violence by addressing root causes.

Reggie Moore

Reggie Moore

Milwaukee Police Officer Thomas Kline will also give a brief update on crime incidents in our area.

The presentations will be followed by our monthly board meeting at 8:15 p.m.

Members and the general public are invited to attend the meeting, which takes place in the Marcia Coles Community Room of Lake Park Pavilion, beneath Lake Park Bistro. Attendees are welcome to arrive starting at 6:45 p.m. to socialize and for coffee and cookies courtesy of Lake Park Bistro.

According to Reggie’s biography:

Reggie Moore serves as Director of the Office of Violence Prevention located within the City of Milwaukee’s Health Department. Appointed by Mayor Tom Barrett in April 2016, Reggie leads the city’s efforts to assess, prevent, and decrease incidents of structural and community violence. In addition to the Homicide Review Commission, the Office of Violence Prevention supports efforts to address domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, suicide, and gun violence prevention. The office takes a public health approach to violence by measuring what works, scaling effective practice and preventing the transmission of violence by addressing root causes.

Prior to joining the Milwaukee Health Department, Reggie served as the founding CEO of the Center for Youth Engagement (CYE). The Center serves as a catalyst for building and sustaining strategies to connect young people with quality opportunities to learn, lead, and develop. Its flagship initiative, Beyond the Bell is successfully improving the quality and coordination of youth serving agencies throughout Milwaukee. Prior to launching the Center for Youth Engagement in 2011,

Reggie served as Founding Executive Director of Urban Underground, a nationally recognized program that builds youth leadership through grassroots community organizing and civic engagement. He has also worked as national Director of Youth Activism for the American Legacy Foundation in Washington, DC and volunteers his time with several local and national organizations including the Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation and National Youth Alliance for Boys and Men of Color.

He is a proud father and Milwaukee native. Reggie has dedicated his life to being a servant leader and catalyst for social change.