More than 1,000 of our neighborhood’s historic homes have won the honor of being recognized by inclusion in five National Register of Historic Places districts. This designation makes certain renovations eligible for 25% state income-tax credits. HWTN paid for the neighborhood surveys that won these National Register designations, so we strongly encourage you to take advantage of these credits. Tax-credit applications need to be approved before any work begins – so plan accordingly.
Our neighborhood also enjoys the protections of the City of Milwaukee’s Historic Preservation Commission (HPC). Guidelines in place, in part because of HWTN activism, protect the entire neighborhood from destruction. Homeowners are required to follow historically appropriate guidelines for all exterior renovations and receive specific approvals from the HPC for projects.
Renovating Your Historic Home
City ordinances protect many of the historic homes and other buildings in the HWTN from inappropriate changes and destruction. These protections benefit us all. As a result, each of us in a local historic district is required to obtain advance approvals from the Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) for any exterior work on our properties. More information on the process can be obtained here. City staff is dedicated to working with residents like us, and they’re also very knowledgeable and dedicated to preserving our neighborhood.
For more information, please contact HPC staff:
Carlen Hatala, firstname.lastname@example.org, (414) 286-5722
How To Restore An Historic Home
Free, spiral-bound copies of excellent restoration guides, written and published by city staff, are available to homeowners in historic districts by contacting Carlen Hatala or Paul Jakubovic (see above contact information).
The Story of Your Historic Home
Researching Your Home’s History
Want to learn about the history of your historic home? Here’s how:
- “Researching Your Home at Milwaukee Public Library’s Central Library” (MPL flyer)
- Researching the history of your Milwaukee home (Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission website)
- “Find your thread in the tapestry of Milwaukee history” (OnMilwaukee.com article on researching your home’s history)
- Books and other resources listed on our Neighborhood History page include information on many specific homes in our area.