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

Wauwatosa Historical Society 2013 Tour of Homes

One of the other groups in our area that does an annual house tour is the Wauwatosa Historical Society, and we were very interested by their tour this year.  The featured neighborhood, the “Wellauer” subdivision, includes a number of very fine and fascinating homes we have frequently admired when passing by.  We started the tour on Saturday, October 5th, after Georgie got off work at 1 PM.

The skies grew gradually more threatening as the afternoon drew on, and it began to rain as we went between the 4th and 5th houses we had selected to see (there were seven on the full tour). By the time we came out of number 5, it was pouring, and we beat a retreat, not wanting to take our wet selves into someone else’s house. (The area got 2.4 inches of rain in about half an hour--.)

Among the interesting houses we did see was 7105 Grand Parkway, which is one of twenty-six masonry homes in the Milwaukee area that were designed by architect Earnest Flagg. These were intended to be economically built homes, using poured concrete walls sheathed with stone, and an unusual interior layout without corridors or hallways. Despite the somewhat unusual layout, we found this to be a charming and comfortable looking house.

7010 Wellauer Drive is a very handsome Mediterranean Revival home, which has been very well preserved since its 1925 construction date. This was one of a number of homes in the area that were built for members of the Wellauer family that ran the realty company responsible for laying out the subdivision and building many of the homes.

We were also particularly taken with 6927 Wellauer Drive, a handsome French Provincial style home, and 6819 Wellauer Drive, a Tudor Revival with a very nifty tower housing the main staircase.

The last house we got to see, 532 Crescent Court, was one of the most interesting, exhibiting nice examples of both renovation and preservation.  The third-floor maid’s bedroom and unfinished attic space had been converted into a very nice office and library, whereas the basement recreation room, with its terrazzo floor and elaborate German-style bar, was in its original state.

This was a very nice tour and worth getting rained on (although making our way home around flooded intersections was a bit of unlooked for excitement--.)

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