HWTN members’ historic home rehab featured in Journal Sentinel

The fascinating restoration of the lovely 1911 Tudor home of longtime Historic Water Tower Neighborhood members was featured in a recent Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article..

Mark and Grace Thomsen bought the historic home in 1994 and painstakingly restored the interior, including the kitchen and the dining room, where ceiling beams and a fireplace were discovered during the project.

Read about their restoration experience and feelings about their historic home and view a gallery of beautiful photos of their house.

Restorations such as this are what make our neighborhood one of the most impressive historic districts in the country. The home is in the Historic Water Tower Neighborhood’s North Point South area, which is listed on the national historic register and has received city historic designation.

New website lets you track water usage and get local in-store credits for using less

Ever wonder how much water you use at home? A new website, H2Oscore.com, developed by Marquette University professor McGee Young, lets you easily figure out your home’s usage and compare it to other area houses.

To encourage water conservation, a number of area businesses, including Cafe Hollander on Historic Downer Avenue, are offering in-store credits for reducing consumption?









Has this wet your whistle (sorry about the pun)? Then you can:



City program helps to save energy and utility bills on your historic home

Energy efficiency often isn’t one of the many benefits of living in an historic home. Fortunately, the City of Milwaukee’s Me2 program offers low-cost energy audits, rebates and other tools to help homeowners cut home energy usage — and expenses.








Representatives of Me2 explained the program as a recent HWTN meeting. If you missed the talk, we encourage you to learn more and consider taking advantage of the city’s expertise and assistance by: