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Cream of the Cream City Awards

The Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission is seeking nominations for its "Cream of the Cream City" Historic Preservation Awards. The awards, sponsored by the city’s Historic Preservation Commission and the Common Council, recognizes individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions in the field of historic preservation and heritage education/advocacy in the City of Milwaukee. The awards recognize projects large and small which have preserved the rich history of Milwaukee found in its varied architecture from the 19th and 20th centuries. The recipients of these awards have added value to their neighborhoods and Milwaukee by preserving the unique design and character of historically designated properties.

Award categories include:

  • Residential Property
  • Commercial Property
  • Religious Property
  • Public/governmental property
  • Sensitive additions to historic property
  • Preservation advocacy
  • Preservation education
  • "Back from the brink" award
  • Sensitive infill construction in a historic district

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Nominations are now being accepted for the Cream of the Cream City Historic Preservation Awards. Any individual, organization, or project involved in historic preservation in the City of Milwaukee is eligible.

Click here to complete the nomination form.

Nominations are due by Tuesday, April 30, 2024.

Previous Cream of the Cream City award winners:

1993 - 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
2010 2011-2013 2014 2017  


Other Local Building Awards

Mayor's Design Awards

This award is presented to multiple projects each year in an ongoing effort to recognize design excellence throughout the city of Milwaukee. Recipients have added value to their neighborhoods by restoring, constructing or enhancing their properties in a way that respects the urban fabric and contributes to the character of their surroundings.

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