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Thank you to our 2016 sponsors!



2016 Corporate Sponsor
Click photos to link to each Realtor's website

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

 

Our Tour Site maps are printed and can be picked up at WaterStone Bank in the Village, or at Shorewest Realtors at 11622 W. North Avenue. They will also be available at the Tosa Farmer's Market on June 11th.


Special Tour Announcement

Very Rev'd. Steven A. Peay Ph.D, President/Dean of Nashotah House and a historian and his wife, Julie, also a historian, will lead 2 special guided tours of the cemetery. Tours will leave from the chapel at 11:00am and at 2:00pm. Wear your walking shoes and be ready to learn about Wauwatosa's pioneers.


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 West 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:
9810 Echelon Lane
Parking available in the ABB Inc. parking lot

Built in 1912, the historic Administration building was recently renovated by Mandel Group as part of the development of Echelon, a luxury apartment community. The renovation of the former Administration building for the Milwaukee County School of Agriculture and Domestic Economy included extensive structural and aesthetic repairs to the exterior and interior of the building. New windows and a complete repair of the roof have breathed life back into this beautiful building. The interior renovation retained many of the original elements with updated finishes for a leasing office, club room, pet spa, bike repair room, offices, and ball room.
The campus for the former school included Dormitory and Dairy buildings, which are undergoing a conversion to walled gardens. Attendees will have the opportunity to see the exterior progress of the walled gardens. Construction progress permitting, you may have the opportunity to sneak a peek inside!

Not Handicapped Accessible
Guided tour
Hawthorn Glen

Location:
1130 North 60th Street
Parking lot

A slice of nature right in the city of Wauwatosa! The whole family will enjoy visiting Hawthorn Glen - the 24 acre Outdoor Education Center for Milwaukee Public Schools. Start your tour in the Martin Schreiber Field House which was built as a WPA project back in the 1930's. Here you can explore the Little Nature Museum, participate in fun activities for the kids, and interact with dozens of resident native birds, small mammals, amphibians and reptiles. Then head outside for more flora and fauna. Grab a trail map and stroll the Arboretum Trail, recently developed with help from the City of Milwaukee Forestry division, or enjoy a self-guided hike through Hawthorne Glen's forests, restored fen, and prairie.

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
Mt. Zion Church

Location:
12012 W. North Avenue
Parking lot and main entrance on north side of building

Anchoring the west end of North Ave in Wauwatosa for 70 years, the congregation of Mt Zion Lutheran Church is very involved in the community. Come for a guided tour of our beautiful sanctuary, hear the story of the stained glass windows, get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Tosa Cares food pantry, and enjoy short concerts on the pipe organ every hour after 12 noon. All are truly welcome here!

Handicapped Accessible - elevator at main entrance
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 West 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. Visitors 14 and older are welcome to come inside the House to take a peek at the newly updated first floor common space!

Handicapped Accessible
Guided tour
Note: Children under 14 cannot enter the House.
Schoonmaker Reef


Location:
1215 N 62nd St
Street parking on 62nd St

A tropical sea once covered this area, and the Schoonmaker Reef, which dates to the Silurian Period, 405 to 435 million years ago, is evidence of that. Since the reef was discovered in 1844 by Increase Lapham and Fisk Day, it has been extensively studied, and has produced more than 200 marine and fauna fossils. Limestone was quarried at the site from the mid 1850s through 1948. This was the first ancient reef identified in the United States, and was designated a national historic landmark in 1997.
Self-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 Casavant 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
Time of Grace Indoor Recreation Center

Location:
8725 W Wisconsin Avenue
Area street parking available

The focal point of the Wisconsin Lutheran College Recreation Complex, the Time of Grace Center serves the needs of students and the community, hosting activities for up to 160,000 visitors annually. Thanks to two gifts totaling more than $1 million, the facility recently was upgraded to include new bleachers and a beautifully designed wood floor, which has been named Catalyst Court. Completely repainted and featuring upgraded scoreboards, new basketball goals, and indoor sprinting lanes, it is considered to be one of the finest facilities in NCAA Division III athletics.

Handicapped Accessible
Self-guided tour
Tosa Reef Apartments

Location:
1215 N 62nd St
Street parking on 62nd St

The Reef community includes 180 residential apartment homes with urban appeal and clean architectural style. The Reef was designed to create a private, walkable neighborhood, featuring a clubhouse with a fitness center, clubroom with a spacious kitchen for entertaining, and a pool. The floursihing Villege of Tosa, with all of its shops, and restaurants is a very short walk away. The national historic landmark, The Schoonmaker Reef, flanks the northwestern edge of the property. This was the first fossil reef identified in the United States and offers spectacular views!

Handicapped Accessible
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. 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 has become 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
Wauwatosa Cemetery Chapel

Location:
2405 North Wauwatosa Avenue
Parking throughout cemetery

Part of the historic legacy of Wauwatosa the chapel dates from 1852 and the cemetery from 1854. Visit the chapel, tour the cemetery and learn about Wauwatosa's history. Hundreds of cemetery lots still available.

Not Handicapped Accessible
Self-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 Police Station

Location:
1700 North 116th Street
Parking lot

Join the Wauwatosa Police Department as we celebrate our 100th anniversary in 2016. We will have public safety equipment displays, station tours, cake, and more! Tour the current Wauwatosa Police facility which was built in 1969 and renovated in 1996. Get up close to police vehicles and other police equipment. We will also have many items from our archives dating back to 1916 on display as well.

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
Wauwatosa West High School Planetarium

Location:
11400 West Center Street
Parking lot

Gary E. Sampson Planetarium is a state-of-the-art facility designed for the study of astronomy. Installed when the high school was built, it is one of fewer than 10 school district planetariums in WI. serving the Wauwatosa and surrounding school districts. Join us for some stargazing! – Shows every 20 minutes

Handicapped Accessible
Wisconsin Lutheran College Outdoor Athletic Complex

Location:
1401 N Swan Boulevard
Parking available on surface lot

Since 2004, Warrior Field at Raabe Stadium, located at the Krauss-Miller-Lutz Outdoor Athletic Complex, has been considered one of the finest venues of its kind in the Midwest. Its esteem was strengthened in 2011 with the completion of the Outdoor Athletic Center, featuring an impressive home locker room with 100 wooden lockers, athletic training room, and coaches' rooms. The facility benefits not only WLC athletics, but our community as well, serving several local high school football teams, including Pius XI, HOPE Christian, and Wisconsin Lutheran High School.

Handicapped Accessible
Self-guided tour

Windows into Wauwatosa is your chance to explore the hidden treasures and special stories in over 20 of our City's historic and community buildings and major businesses. I invite you to discover for yourself what makes Wauwatosa the 19th happiest suburb in America and it'll put a smile on your face.

   Kathy Ehley, Mayor of Wauwatosa