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WPA Event Featured in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Entrée Section

Posted on May 5, 2014

WPA Event Featured in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Entrée Section

Waukesha Preservation Alliance’s event, Waukesha Historic Preservation Days, was recently featured in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Entrée section – front-page feature article: Area home tours are starting up again. Click here to read the article.

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Minniska Spring Path Restoration

Posted on Oct 21, 2013

Minniska Spring Path Restoration

On this past Saturday, Boy Scout Jackson Boyer took on the path to Minniska Spring as his Eagle Scout Project. Eagle Scout Service Projects are the opportunity for a Boy Scout in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to demonstrate leadership of others while performing a project for the benefit of his community. Jackson organized a large crew that cut back trees and brush, graded the path, put in steps, put down wood chips, and cleaned up garbage in the woods. Photo courtesy of John Schoenknecht. For more photos, please visit our Facebook page by clicking here. Thank you Jackson for helping Waukesha regain access to this...

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Carriage Barn Fire

Posted on Jun 19, 2013

Carriage Barn Fire

Sad news from the McCall Street Historic District. A carriage barn, located at 114 N. Hartwell, burned in the early morning hours. McCall Street has several wonderful carriage barns that were called out and listed as contributing buildings in the district. The barn appears to be a total loss.

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2013 Landmark Commission Schoenknecht Award Winner

Posted on May 21, 2013

2013 Landmark Commission Schoenknecht Award Winner

Ron Lostetter from Carroll University will be awarded the Schoenknecht award for the spirit of historic preservation. Ron’s appreciation and interest in Carroll’s historic properties has grown over the years. He was nominated because of his work on the historic homes that Carroll owns. The Ryall-Pool-Boehmke house that is pictured here is the latest project to be taken on by Carroll. Ron was very excited when he found out that this was the oldest building on campus. He was also excited when early 1900’s photographs from the Boehmke family had been found showing the details of the house. He even arranged for the Boehmke family to come and see the home...

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2013 Landmark Commission Gunn Award Winner

Posted on May 20, 2013

The Gunn award for excellence in restoration from the City of Waukesha Landmarks Commission will be awarded at 7:30p.m. on Tuesday at the Common Council meeting at City Hall. The award will be going to WPA members Jane and Mark Barrett fortheir work on the Elihu Enos house at 517 Madison Street. The house sat empty for years and fell into disrepair. They took this once beautiful house that was on the brink of being lost back to its former glory. The historic tax credits for residential properties were utilized and they managed to meet the strict deadlines that the bank imposed on them. Congratulations and Good job Mark and Jane!

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Bartles-Maguire Gas Station – Razed

Posted on Dec 19, 2011

This morning, the Y.M.C.A. was successful in their efforts to raze the Bartles-Maguire gas station. It is very sad that Waukesha has lost a rare landmark that so many people in the community wanted to save. Thanks to everyone who contributed time and money to try to save this ‘last of it’s kind’ properties. The YMCA did allow WPA to salvage some items from the building. One of the items was the clock which appears to be all original. It is milk glass with the numerals painted on the reverse side. The hands and mechanism are also original. Someone had put electrical tape for numerals on the front, probably so that they wouldn’t have to illuminate...

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