NOW:53129:USA00949
http://widgets.journalinteractive.com/cache/JIResponseCacher.ashx?duration=5&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdata.wp.myweather.net%2FeWxII%2F%3Fdata%3D*USA00949
35°
H 36° L 35°
Cloudy | 9MPH

First, and for most: Outsiders get rare inside view of Original homes

Sept. 4, 2008

When Margo Kuehn first set foot in a Greendale Original along Alba Court 12 years ago, she knew she was home.

“I told the Realtor, ‘I just want an Original — don’t show me anything else,’ because I just liked the style of it,” Kuehn said. “When I came into this one … I knew it was the one.”

For Kuehn, it was first the quaint, cozy feel of Originals that appealed to her, and later, the history behind them.

Kuehn’s home is one of nine, mostly in the A section, that will be featured as part of the Greendale Historical Society’s Tour of Original Homes later this month.

Opening the door

Despite the curiosity that Originals have long evoked in those who have never experienced their interior charm, this is the first time in the village’s history that homeowners are opening their doors for a public tour, said William Attewell, society board member.

“It’s Greendale’s 70th anniversary, and this is a great chance for the community and visitors to the community to really find out what Greendale is all about … and really get a piece of the history,” Attewell said.

So far the society has sold more than 100 tickets, and received inquiries from people as far away as Chicago, Ohio and Washington, D.C., Attewell said.

Even for locals the appeal is strong, he said.

“A lot of people who have lived in Greendale for years and years and years have never seen an original, so this is a great opportunity for them,” he said.

Kuehn and fellow Original homeowners Leslie Potter and Julie Grant, who reside on Arrowwood, are familiar with that curiosity.

“We get a lot of foot traffic and a lot of people are curious about what they look like inside,” Potter said.

Kuehn, who operates Margo’s Village Boutique in downtown Greendale, also gets asked a lot of questions by her customers. She has personally taken people on tours, and even encountered a customer who lived in her home as a child.

Built-in history

During the society’s tour, Kuehn and Potter will both be present at their homes to get guests acquainted. Whether owners are present or not, there also will be docents at each location to give more details about the homes, Attewell said.

For example, the tour will highlight the unique aspects of each home — such as the exposed wood ceiling beams or decorative, lead glass window panels designed by her father in Kuehn’s home. Or the history of Potter’s home, which was originally occupied by her grandparents, Henry and Helen Nicholson, and has remained in the family ever since.

Visitors will also get a rundown of the structural history of the homes on the tour, with Originals running the gamut from those that have had extensive renovations, to those that essentially remain in their original state, Attewell said.

The self-guided tour begins at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, where participants will be given maps so they can travel their own routes at their own paces, he said.

Fun for funds

The event is the society’s second fundraiser this summer, with proceeds raised to benefit the group’s efforts to renovate the village’s historic police and fire station buildings.

“After this we’re going to take a breath and begin focusing on grants,” Attewell said.

The group hopes to hear back soon on a couple of pending grants, and is poised to select a firm to complete a Historic Structures Report for the buildings, he said, which will determine exactly how much work will need to be done and the approximate cost in order to achieve the group’s goal.

Julie Becker can be reached at (262) 446-6606.

BY THE NUMBERS

572

Original living units in Greendale when it opened in 1938

366

Original buildings in the village

270

Original single-family homes in the village

4

“Hillside” style homes, the rarest style of Originals

AT A GLANCE

WHAT: Greendale Historical Society’s Tour of Original Homes

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13

WHERE: Maps available at St. Luke’s Church, 6705 Northway

COST: $15 in advance, at the Reiman Visitor Center or the society’s Web site; $20 the day of the event

MORE: To buy tickets or for information, call (414) 423-7064 or visit thegreendalehistoricalsociety.org.

This site uses Facebook comments to make it easier for you to contribute. If you see a comment you would like to flag for spam or abuse, click the "x" in the upper right of it. By posting, you agree to our Terms of Use.

Suburban News Roundup

E-mail Newsletter

Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.


Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter
Get the Newsletter!

Login or Register to manage all your newsletter preferences.

Community Watch

» Franklin football team holds off furious Oak Creek rally 10/31

» Preps football photos of the week: Level 2 10/31

» Hale Interchange ramp to reopen Friday 10/30

» Photo Gallery: WIAA state soccer tourney day one 10/30

» Root River Theatre continues local talent search for winter production 10/30

» Man hits workers with gravel because construction made it difficult to get into his driveway 10/30

» Helicopter helps place HVAC units on Meijer at Drexel Town Square 10/29

» Elderly resident with asthma trapped in elevator at Country View Retirement Home 10/29

» Building residents cited after fight breaks out about mail 10/28

» Poll: Who will win Level 2 game: Franklin or Oak Creek? 10/28

» Raising the American flag(s): support for Greendale Veterans Memorial remains strong 10/28

» In a new proposed OCFSD course, students would build a house 10/27

» Suburban roundup: Week one of the WIAA football postseason 10/27

» Franklin defense locks down Kenosha Bradford 10/25

» Preps football photos of the week: Level 1 10/24

» Franklin Police investigate armed robbery at North Shore Bank 10/24

» Franklin boys volleyball team wins Southeast divisional title 10/22

» Glen Morrow hired as new Franklin City Engineer 10/22

» Poll: Which area team will win a state football title? 10/22

» Franklin's EDC remains clouded in political dust-up 10/21

» Man arrested for fraud after ordering food, passing out and leaving eatery 10/21

» Teen drug use, prevention panel discussion Thursday, Oct. 30 10/21

» Early voting now open at Oak Creek City Hall 10/21

» County Supervisor Steve Taylor to host Oak Creek town hall meeting on Wednesday 10/20

» County Supervisor Steve Taylor to host Hales Corners town hall meeting on Wednesday 10/20

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss
Deal Watch - Milwaukee

Milwaukee's Best Discounts & Deals

Advertisement

Local Business Directory

CONNECT