The Washington Highlands Historic Preservation Corporation was incorporated on October 13, 1998. The Corporation was organized for charitable, educational and cultural purposes within the meaning of § 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Specifically, the Corporation was chartered to do the following:
- Assist in the maintenance and preservation of the historic and architectural character of the Washington Highlands Subdivision and guard against future deterioration, including maintenance, planting and replanting of trees and shrubbery located in the common areas of the Subdivision.
- Identify and promote the preservation of any structure within the Subdivision that exemplifies the development of the cultural, economic, social or historic heritage of the Subdivision or embodies the distinguishing characteristics of an architectural type or specimen or is the work of an artist, architect, craftsman or master builder whose individual works have influenced the development of the State of Wisconsin or embodies elements of architectural design, detail, materials or craftsmanship which represent a significant architectural innovation.
- To build monuments or structures that educates the public and identifies Subdivision buildings and structures of historic significance.
- To gather, receive study and disseminate information and cooperate with educational institutions concerning the historic significance of the architecture and buildings of the Subdivision.
Since its inception, the Corporation has worked with the City of Wauwatosa, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Washington Homeowners Association to accomplish its Mission. Some of the activities undertaken include the following:
- Assist in the preparation of renovation and remodeling guidelines for historic structures located in the Washington Highlands.
- Reconstruct entrance signs to the Subdivision.
- Facilitate walking tours of the Subdivision through the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
- Work with the Wauwatosa Historical Society in archiving and preserving Association documents.
- Gathering, receiving, studying and disseminating, for educational purposes, historic information related to the Subdivision.