Gregory G. H. Rihn (milwaukeesfs) wrote,
Gregory G. H. Rihn

Wauwatosa Historical Society House Tour

The weekend of October 4-5th was just packed. Saturday afternoon was the annual home tour sponsored by the Wauwatosa Historical Society. We had seen a notice of this in the paper, and were interested since the tour would include a number of fascinating looking older homes along “Wauwatosa Avenue” (N. 76th St.,) which we had frequently admired from a distance. The period covered an original settlement home from the 1840’s (now operated as a museum), a number of “Queen Annes”, up to a “California Bungalow” originally built in the 1920’s. All the homes were in lovely states of preservation/restoration, but the two particularly yummy specimens were coincidentally numbers 1 and 2 on the tour. (However, they happened to be the first and last places we toured, since we skipped Two due to the long line and came back to it at the end.)

House number one was a particularly nice example of the Queen Anne type, complete with an attractive “Painted Lady” exterior scheme. The interior had been tastefully remodeled with a new main staircase that suited the home and added nice light. Prior owners had done much to preserve the home, and the current owners had added an extensive collection of Victorian-era antique furniture and accessories, augmented with authentic reproduction wallpapers and moldings.

House number two was what I tend to call an “Italianate villa” style, with stucco exterior and red tile roof. This house was designed by the same man that had done the Uihlein mansion on Lake Drive we had toured a couple of years ago and shares some of the same gracious features, such as an enormous living room and lovely dining room, both of which open immediately off the front entrance. There was a grand central staircase, illuminated, as in the Uihlein house, with a large window inset with stained glass. The remainder of the house was similarly commodious, and the new owners had added an additional large three-season room attached to the garage that would be splendid for summer entertaining. The house also had a large yard with a sunken “garden” section. This was another house we would happily have moved right into--.
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