Historical Highlands


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 – Read More –

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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February 24, 2014

WHHPC Announces Capital Campaign for Washington Circle Entry Marker

With the help of neighbor and architect, John Klett, AIA, The Washington Highlands Historic Preservation Corporation has finalized plans for the main entry marker at Washington Circle and Milwaukee Avenue. The new marker will be located in the median in front of the existing deteriorating wooden sign. The scale of the marker is proportionate to – Read More –

January 10, 2014

Memories of Growing Up in the Washington Highlands of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

My name is Jean Ellen Davidson and I was born in 1937.  My childhood was spent at 6561 Washington Circle in a home that was built for my father and mother.  Gordon McLay Davidson and his wife, Doris.  Gordon was the oldest son of Walter Davidson.  Walter was one of the founders of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company and its first president.  Gordon was the Vice President in charge of manufacturing.  I am a middle child.  I have an older sister named Barbara and a younger sister named Christine.

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