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2016 Corporate Sponsor
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2013-2016 Corporate Sponsor

Our special thanks to:

Wauwatosa Historical Society
for providing historical research on our sites

Maureen Badding
our social media queen

Wauwatosa NAC is a member of
Wauwatosa Chamber of Commerce

 

The 3rd Annual Windows Into Wauwatosa
June 20, 2015

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19th Century Schoolhouse
at the Kneeland-Walker House


Location:
7406 Hillcrest Dr
Parking is available on surrounding streets

Tucked away in the Kneeland Walker coach house, a former hayloft has been transformed into a one room, 19th century Schoolhouse by the Wauwatosa Historical Society. Take a step back in history to a time of reciting lessons from McGuffy readers and practicing penmanship with dip pens and ink. An excellent opportunity to learn a bit more about the history of Wauwatosa!

The second floor of the coach house is not wheelchair accessible
Guided tour
ABB

Location:
1425 Discovery Parkway
Parking lot adjacent to building

Enter the new regional headquarters of ABB, and you will see that this company is a leader in more than just power and automation technologies. The ABB building was carefully crafted with both its employees and the environment in mind. Natural Prairie landscaping, large windows for natural light, battery-powered car charging stations, an on-site storm water system, and a prevalent use of recycled materials (such as dining chairs made from recycled soda bottles) all add to this environmentally friendly structure. Tour this innovative building to see how the workplace is enhanced by features such as 'light zones', flexible meeting and conference spaces, work stations, and office walls that act as whiteboards. The future is alive and well at ABB!

Handicapped Accessible
Guided tour
Big Head Brewing Co.

Location:
6204 W State St
Street parking

Things are Hop-ning at Big Head, Wauwatosa's only microbrewery! Brewmaster Andrew, co-owner Pat and the rest of the crew will be on hand to give you a peek at the art and science of their craft. Join in the fun while they explain the process and equipment used to make their many varieties of year round and seasonal beers. We can 'barley' contain ourselves!

Handicapped Accessible
Guided tour
Blanchard Street Pumping Station

Location:
7300 W Blanchard Street
Limited street parking

Water, water everywhere! The Blanchard Street Pumping Station has been busy providing water to the community since 1897. Originally utilizing a well system, the station relied on groundwater sources for its first 66 years. In 1963, after a purchase agreement with Milwaukee Water Works, the utility changed its process to begin delivering treated water from Lake Michigan. Come see how the historic Blanchard Station is still running strong – pumping gallons of water to its customers every day.

Not Handicapped Accessible
Self-guided tour
Eschweiler Administration Building

Location:
Eschweiler Buildings, UW-Milwaukee
Parking available in the ABB Inc. parking lot

Here's your chance to get inside and hear the history of the Milwaukee County School of Agriculture and Domestic Economy, built in 1912, and commonly referred to as the Eschweiler buildings. You'll be able to see the beautiful architecture on the first floor of the Administration building, which is surrounded by the Monarch Trail, in a park-like setting. Now owned by the UWM Real Estate Foundation, efforts are underway to generate funding to adaptively reuse these buildings.

Not Handicapped Accessible - Echelon is a construction site; walking on dirt and rocks will be required. Wear appropriate shoes.
Guided tour
Jacobus Park Pavilion

Location:
6511 W Hillside Lane
Parking along Honey Creek Parkway or on Hillside Lane

Mother Nature is calling! Nestled in the 31 acres of Jacobus Park, the pavilion sits atop a scenic hill overlooking the park's lagoon since 1936 when it was constructed as part of a depression era relief program. After you explore the lagoon and meet a frog or two, come in to take in the natural beauty of the area through the large windows of the knotty pine upper pavilion room. The building's full kitchen and inviting fireplace (not to mention its restrooms!) make the Jacobus Park Pavilion a perfect site for all types of gatherings and a popular park rental. Come see why Charles Jacobus, a former Wauwatosa County Supervisor instrumental in early park planning, would be so proud of his namesake.

Handicapped Accessible
Self-guided tour
Kneeland-Walker House

Location:
7406 Hillcrest Drive
Parking is available on surrounding streets

The Kneeland Walker House is celebrating its 125th anniversary and you're invited! Built in 1890, the house is a model of Queen Anne Architecture and named to honor the only two families to own it. After touring the extensively remodeled Victorian home, come out to view the beautiful gardens and take a moment to play croquet, bocce ball, and more. The Wauwatosa Historical Society will be on hand hosting an ice cream social to add even more flavor to the experience!

Not Handicapped Accessible
Guided tour
Kradwell School and Learning Gardens at Kradwell

Location:
1220 Dewey Avenue, Wauwatosa, WI 53213
Parking is available adjacent to the school and gardens, including 2 handicapped spaces

Don't miss a rare opportunity to visit this hidden beauty in Wauwatosa! The Kradwell School, originally constructed in 1922 as a Psychiatric Hospital, was converted to providing individualized middle and high school services in 1983 and then lovingly remodeled and expanded in 2005. In addition to the building's stunning interior, explore the grounds featuring a nonagon-shaped gazebo, greenhouse, waterfall/pond and natural amphitheater, as well as the Learning Gardens, constructed in 2010. Themed gardens include a vegetable, upper prairie, butterfly, cutting, hosta, sensory, and rain garden!

Handicapped Accessible
Self-guided tour
The Lighthouse on Dewey

Location:
1220 Dewey Avenue
Parking lots and street parking

The lighthouse stands as the centerpiece to the the Aurora Psychiatric Hospital - one of the area's largest recovering communities. Originally constructed in 1920, the building served as the hospital president's residence until 1990. After a recent renovation, the lighthouse reopened in December of 2013. In addition to a large, newly-constructed meeting space with great views and an outdoor patio, you will enjoy the beauty of the building's original features including tile and hardwood floors, extensive wooden trim and doors, and a spiral staircase. Not to be missed!

Partially Handicapped Accessible
Self-guided tour
Lowell Damon House

Location:
2107 N Wauwatosa Avenue
Street parking

Started in 1844 by Oliver Damon, and completed in 1847 by his son Lowell, this house is believed to be the oldest residence in Wauwatosa. A classic example of a colonial home, the Milwaukee County Historical Society has operated it as a museum for decades. Tour includes the the interior of the house and the gardens.

Not Handicapped Accessible
Self-guided tour
Milwaukee Irish Fest Center

Location:
1532 Wauwatosa Ave
Limited street parking

Today is your lucky day! Take a bit 'o time to explore all of Wauwatosa's charmed Irish Fest Center. This stately 1918 Georgian Revival building, originally built as the Wauwatosa Masonic Lodge, was sold to the Milwaukee Irish Fest in 1992. The organization's loving restoration not only highlights the buildings original beauty, but provided the perfect venue to house the John J. Ward Music Archives – one of the nation's largest public collections of Irish Music.

Not Handicapped Accessible
Guided tour
Muirdale Sanitorium

Location:
10437 Watertown Plank Road
Parking lot adjacent to building

Wauwatosa was breaking new ground in medicine as far back as 1915 with the opening of the Muirdale Sanitorium, a hospital dedicated to those suffering from tuberculosis. A model for future TB facilities, this historic building housed up to 700 patients in its prime. At a time when the only weapons to fight the disease were fresh air, bed rest, and a controlled diet, Muirdale served over 10,000 patients in its first 16 years. Muirdale eventually closed its doors in 1970 as antibiotics and chemotherapy triumphed over tuberculosis. Take a peek into the past as you tour this fascinating building that now serves as the Technology Innovation Center.

Handicapped Accessible
Guided tour
Ronald McDonald House & Gardens

Location:
8948 Watertown Plank Road
Surface parking available

Since 1984, the Ronald McDonald House has provided a home away from home for families whose children are seeking treatment at area hospitals. Tour their beautiful Secret Garden, complete with a playground, patio, and healing waters feature, then come inside the house to take a peek at the newly updated first floor common space!

Handicapped Accessible
Guided tour
St. John's Wauwatosa

Location:
7809 Harwood Ave
We own one parking lot on each side of Dewey Ave and Public Parking is about a block east at the end of Harwood Ave

Built with the signature pillars and stone of Romanesque style in 1929, St. John's Lutheran Church is a gem in the heart of Wauwatosa. Come admire the gorgeous oak woodwork and numerous stained glass windows, then stay to hear music played on the historic Casavan pipe organ. Visitors can take self-guided tours of the school, sanctuary, and fellowship areas at this church known for offering worship in both English and Chinese.

Handicapped Accessible
Self-guided tour
St. Matthew's Lutheran Church

Location:
1615 Wauwatosa Ave
Two parking lots are available

St. Matthew's was organized as a congregation May 26, 1920. Worship services were first held in the old Germania Hall on St. James St. from June 6, 1920 through October, 1921. Building began at the corner of Wauwatosa Ave and Milwaukee Ave. While the location remains the same many building changes have occurred to meet the needs of the congregation and community changes. The most recent rennovation has just been finished with a new commercial grade kitchen to facilitate our many meal programs.

Handicapped Accessible
Self-guided tour
7405 Building

Location:
7405 Harwood Ave
7400, 7413 and 7425 parking lots

Originally built to house Wisconsin Bell's Bluemound Exchange, this beautifully restored 1920 commercial bungalow has had an interesting and varied life. Currently its inherent beauty makes it an ideal venue for private events, but in the past the building served as a restaurant for the Harwood Apartments and later housed Wauwatosa's Brietlow Photography Studio. Enter this 1920 bungalow and decide for yourself if the rumor is true that Liberace once tickled the ivories of the Grand Piano.

Handicapped Accessible
Self-guided tour
Tosa Skatepark

Location:
7300 W Chestnut
Plenty of parking at in the Hart Park parking lot

Get Stoked! Here's your chance to visit the new Tosa Skatepark under construction. Come see how the Skatepark's design mimics popular street skating elements, while incorporating green space and enhancing the natural beauty of Hart Park. Skaters will be on site to explain how the dream of a safe and fun skatepark designed for skateboarders of all skill levels is finally becoming a reality.

Not Handicapped Accessible
Guided tour
UWM Accelerator Building

Location:
1225 Discovery Parkway
Parking lot adjacent to building

Come see where academia meets industry! This 25,000 sq. ft. facility includes state-of-the-art core laboratories for use by a wide variety of academic and industry researchers. See the Prototyping lab (like 3D printers on steroids) a special Mobility lab, laser and bio-medical and research labs.

Handicapped Accessible
Guided tour
Valentine Coffee Roasters

Location:
5918 W Vliet St
Parking lot just east of the building as well as street parking

Wake up and smell the coffee! Come see how the pursuit of the perfect cup of coffee has put Valentine Coffee on the map as a favorite local roastery. Head roaster, Michael Cothroll, will conduct tours of the roastery and production area, giving insight on the roasting process as well as on Valentine's philosophy on coffee.

Handicapped Accessible
Guided tour
Veteran's Room at City Hall

Location:
7725 W North Avenue
Library/City Hall parking lot

It took thirteen years of planning and opened in 1957! Come see the War Memorial dedicated to Wauwatosa's fallen soldiers. Take note the bronze statue of Old Abe the War Eagle and the beautiful red stained glass window with white crosses that overlooks the Library stairs.

Handicapped Accessible
Self-guided tour
Wawuatosa East HS Lobby

Location:
7500 Milwaukee Ave
Street parking or limited parking in lot just north of site entrance on 76th St

Walled up by a remodeling project at Wauwatosa East High School in the 1970s, striking architectural detail and WPA-supported murals sat untouched behind tons of plaster for decades. In 2002, a major restoration brought back the beauty of the art deco lobby, which today displays historical high school memorabilia. In addition, both murals were uncovered and restored, revealing remarkable graphic narratives of professions that benefit the American public.

Not Handicapped Accessible
Guided tour
Wauwatosa Fire Station

Location:
1601 Underwood Ave
Street parking and adjacent lot

Always a popular, family-fun site, stop in to visit Fire Station 51. Come meet Wauwatosa Firefighters and staff who are looking forward to providing tours for the community members they proudly serve. You can check out the firefighter's living quarters, the station's administrative offices, and even see a piece of the World Trade Center from 9/11. And, of course, make sure to check out all of the fire trucks!! Be sure to bring your camera.

Handicapped Accessible
Guided tour
Wauwatosa Public Library

Location:
7635 W North Avenue
Library parking lot

No need to whisper as you catch a behind the scenes look at the library's new, state-of-the-art automated sorting machine. A first hand peek into the adventurous life of a returned library book! Then move upstairs to enjoy the creative whimsy as you tour the Children's Library's cherished Story Room.

Handicapped Accessible
Guided tour
Wauwatosa Public Works Building

Location:
11100 W. Walnut Road
Lot parking

BIG TRUCKS! BIG FUN! Over 160 pieces of equipment from plows to dump trucks are housed and cared for in this amazing facility. Also home to Tosa Water and Forestry Departments, the Public Works building's activities range from fleet maintenance, truck wash to sign shop. Come Explore!

Handicapped Accessible
Guided tour


About

The Windows Into Wauwatosa event is presented by the Wauwatosa Neighborhood Association Council, and grew out of NAC's desire to hold free, family-friendly, community activities. Our inaugural event was held in 2013, and featured 23 historic, school, church, business and community sites around Wauwatosa. About 950 people spent their day touring these sites. Over 3,800 visits were made! Our Village sites were particularly busy, with over 425 people touring our new fire station alone! In 2014, we featured the Milwaukee County Regional Medical Center, as well as new and old buildings on the Milwaukee County Grounds. We had 1,400 visitors make over 4,000 visits on the day of our 2014 event. The Eschweiler Administration building was our busiest, with over 600 visits. The Wauwatosa Neighborhood Association Council would like to thank our sponsors, Shorewest Realtors and WaterStone Bank for supporting this free community event.

Mayor Kathy Ehley issued this statement regarding the event:

   Wauwatosa invites you to visit, explore and enjoy the charm of our city through Windows into Wauwatosa. Our unique spaces and places reflect our history, our economy and our culture. Spend the day peeking inside our treasures and discover all that Wauwatosa has to offer.

Kathy Ehley, Mayor of Wauwatosa