Landmark History

Moor Mud Baths

Posted on Oct 27, 2015

Moor Mud Baths

The Moor Mud Baths/Grand View Health Resort is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the State Register of Historic Places. It has earned these distinctions because it is a relatively intact example of a resort from the Springs Era. The property is also a designated local landmark in the City of Waukesha. The entire site is designated, including the golf course, clubhouse, and springhouse. The Waukesha County Board heard and passed a resolution in January 2014 to rid the county of this storied building, despite having local, state and federal historical designations. “If there are no willing bidders to purchase and move the old Health and Human Services...

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Alexander Randall House

Posted on Jul 23, 2015

Alexander Randall House

The Alexander Randall house at 120 McCall St. originally sat on East Avenue. Alexander Randall was governor of Wisconsin during the Civil War. He later became Postmaster General of the United States. When the railroad was put through in the 1800’s, the house was moved to McCall St by the Rankin family. In the 1920’s the house was stuccoed and remodeled. The last owners started renovations to the house, but lost it to foreclosure. Working with the Waukesha Preservation Alliance and the City Landmarks Commission on a plan for the property, the new owners removed the stucco and discovered that there was original siding and trim boards underneath that were in...

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Senator William Blair House

Posted on Apr 1, 2014

Senator William Blair House

Constructed in 1876 for William Blair by Samuel Dodd, the house is considered one of the finest examples of classic Italianate style in the city. The house is listed on the National Register and is eligible for tax credits. William lived the American dream. He came to America as an immigrant and developed into a highly respected businessman and civic leader. William Blair served as state senator in WI for 6 years; he was stockholder, president, and director of the State Bank and Waukesha Co. National Bank; President of the Village Board for many years; and long-time trustee of the Wisconsin Industrial School for Boys. February 6, 2014 UPDATE: The Blair house 434 Madison...

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2014 Historic Preservation Days

Posted on Mar 31, 2014

2014 Historic Preservation Days

Waukesha Preservation Alliance, along with many other partner organizations, is proud to host Historic Preservation Days on Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18, 2014. This annual event brings local history to life for all ages. Saturday’s events include historic walking tours, a guided springs tour, an antique vehicle display, and an opportunity to view and learn the history of Silurian spring. The Waukesha County Museum will host an open house of its exhibits. Special events include an Introduction to Tea, as well as a historic brewery memorabilia display inside a local brewery. On Sunday, open houses of historic homes will be offered. The majority of events are...

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Michael Kelleher House

Posted on Jun 6, 2013

Michael Kelleher House

The Michael Kelleher House, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is an excellent example of the Gothic Revival Style. Kathy Shea and Mary Emery have been researching the history. The home which is in the Cutler and Dakin’s subdivision of Waukesha, was built in 1879 for Michael Kelleher. He was a clothing merchant here in Waukesha. In 1883 the Michael and Catherine Kelleher sell the property to Dr. Margaret Caldwell. We found a hand written note from a later occupant of the house stating that Dr. Caldwell used the house as a hospital. This story is not substantiated and may or may not be true. We do know that Dr. Caldwell used it as a rental...

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2013 Historic Preservation Days

Posted on Apr 19, 2013

2013 Historic Preservation Days

Waukesha Preservation Alliance, along with many other partner organizations, is proud to host Historic Preservation Days on Thursday, May 16, Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, 2013. Saturday’s events include an open house and pancake breakfast at the Masonic Lodge, historic walking tours, an antique vehicle display on Wisconsin Avenue and an opportunity to view and learn the history of Silurian Spring. The Waukesha County Museum will host behind the scenes tours, children’s activities and a sneak peak at the upcoming Les Paul Exhibit. On Sunday, open houses of historic homes will be offered. All events are free. For a complete schedule, download a PDF of the event...

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