Historical Highlands

May 6, 2017

1623 Alta Vista Ave


Year of Construction: 8/19/1926
Architect: Geo. Schley & Sons
Contractor: Geo. Schley & Sons
Building Material: Brick & Stucco
Original Owner: Wm. T. Wood


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March 6, 2017

The Trial Street Lights are Here!

The 90-day trial installation has begun!  Two lights have been installed on Washington Circle and Washington Boulevard at the base of Applecroft Park.  We encourage neighbors to observe the new lighting before and after tree leaf out and provide feedback on ambience, lighting quality and the potential of enhanced home values.

Additional information about the lights can be found within the following document:

2016 WHHPC Streetlight Slides 10-11-16.

December 18, 2016

Next time you shop Amazon, consider a donation to the WHHPC!

Did You Know . . .

You can donate to your neighborhood using Amazon Purchases? Yes, that’s right, Amazon has established a program called Amazon Smile that is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Washington Highlands Historical Preservation Corporation, every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the WHHPC. Our organization has been formally registered to receive donations and you can select by typing in our full name and picking it from the list provided online at Smile.Amazon.com..

The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. Donations are made by the AmazonSmile Foundation and are not tax deductible by us.

Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same. On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you need to select the Washington Highlands Historical Preservation Corporation to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. They will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation to the WHHPC.

Here is a screen capture with our organization selected directly from the Amazon Web Site. So please, bookmark the AmazonSmile website and help the WHHPC continue to enhance and preserve our neighborhood.


December 18, 2016

Street Light Trial to Begin March 1, 2017

Proposed street light The Historic Preservation Corporation has spent many years researching the possibility of replacing our 1960’s era “cobra” style street lighting with more historically appropriate lighting.

Recent LED technology developments are helping bring this dream closer to reality. Today’s LED’s are capable of a much warmer color and provide improved color rendering at reduced energy costs.

In cooperation with the City of Wauwatosa, we have researched various LED lights to compare with the current High Pressure Sodium lighting.  A 90-day trial of the proposed new LED light source has been scheduled to begin on March 1, 2017.  The trial LED will provide higher average foot candle performance (.50 vs. .34) with markedly improved uniformity and brightness levels across the roadway and sidewalks.  Further, the overall illuminance is improved with enhanced color qualities, for both temperature (2700K) and Color Rendering Index (CRI).  The CRI is the percentage of the visual lighting spectrum emitted by a light source.  High Pressure Sodium, is very monochromatic with a 20% CRI.  Natural sun light is 100% CRI, while the trial LED has a CRI of 70%.  The trial LED 2700K temperature is a “warm” color and is very close to standard incandescent lighting.  It is the temperature of the LED bulbs in the entry marker lanterns throughout the Highlands.

Two lights will be installed on Washington Circle at the base of Applecroft Park on March 1.  The timing will give us an opportunity to assess the lighting during winter conditions leading up to Daylight Savings Time (March 11) and during leaf bud out and into full leaf out in late spring.  We encourage all of the neighbors to observe the new lighting and provide feedback on ambience, lighting quality and the potential of enhanced home values.


1616 Alta Vista Ave
December 6, 2016

1616 Alta Vista Ave

1616 Alta Vista Ave 1984

Previous Address: 302 Alta Vista Ave
Year of Construction: 1922
Architect: Walter Neumann
Original Owner: Lawrence Stone


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July 14, 2016

1605 Alta Vista Ave

1605 Alta Vista Ave

Previous Address: 293 Alta Vista Ave
Year of Construction: 1926
Architect: L. Stone
Contractor: Knuth E C & Co
Architecture Style: Tudor
Original Owner: Dr. Arth A. Rock
Original Value: $70,000

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July 14, 2016

1604 Alta Vista Ave

1604 Alta Vista Ave
Previous Address: 292 Alta Vista Ave
Year of Construction: 1928
Contractor: Immel Construction Co.
Original Owner: Aug. J. Petrie

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September 5, 2014


The Wauwatosa Historical Society has published the September edition of “Historic Wauwatosa,” a newsletter that is free for WHS members, with a focus on the upcoming Tour of Homes in the Washington Highlands (October 4, 2014).  A copy of the newsletter is available here, courtesy of the WHS.  Please enjoy this interesting preview of “The Tudors of the WashingtonHighlands”!  For more information about becoming a WHS member, please visit wauwatosahistoricalsociety.org.

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July 11, 2014

Sign Auction

Sign auction, To the highest bidder! Perfect for your own private Rathskellar or Bier Garten! Proceeds go towards completion of the new entry marker on Washington Circle and Milwaukee Aveenue. Bidding will run through July 31st! Email bids to whhpc501c3@gmail.com.

June 27, 2014

Tour of Homes Returns to Highlands

It all started when Ronald Reagan became President. The first Wauwatosa Tour of Homes was held in 1981. It turned into an annual event in 1989, and this year, the Wauwatosa Historical Society (WHS) will be celebrating its 30th tour by returning to the Washington Highlands.

The one day event, themed “The Tudors of the Washington Highlands,” will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and features six homes in our neighborhood: three on Alta Vista Avenue (1639, 1651, and 1716), two on Mountain Avenue (1641 and 1806), and one on Hillcrest Drive (6708). This is the fifth time the tour has visited the Highlands.

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