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Call 414-286-5722 for information and shipping & handling charges. Reduced prices are available to owners of historically-designated properties in the city.
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

  • Order form for up to 10 copies of books and/or booklets

  • Order form for 10 or more copies of books and/or booklets

Books and Regulations

All of our books have been scanned and are available for free download at the links below. Reduced prices are available for owners of designated properties.

Living with History:
A Guide to the Preservation Standards for Historically Designated Houses in Milwaukee 
(10 MB)

116 pp. (illustrated with line drawings, perfect bound, 11” x 8 ½”) $10.00

Built in Milwaukee:
An Architectural View of the City

(Large file, 137MB)

218 pp. Illustrated with maps and photographs.

Out of print.

As Good As New:
A Guide for Rehabilitating the Exterior of Your Older House

(54 MB)

258 pp. (illustrated with photographs, perfect bound, 11” x 8½”) $15.00


A Plan for Preserving the Character of Milwaukee's Central Business District. 1996.  

Out of Print.

Good for Business:
A Guide to Rehabilitating the Exteriors of Older Commercial Buildings

(Large file 25 MB)

130 pp. (illustrated with photographs, perfect bound, 11” x 8 ½”) $15.00

  Cover of Brochure Brochure: City Requirements for Your Historic Property


Comb-bound copies of As Good As New and Good For Business are available upon request.

Survey Project Reports

These are studies done specifically for Historic Preservation purposes.

Some are available for viewing online. The rest are available in the Municipal Resarch Library in the City Hall Complex.

Title & Year Geography/Description Pages Size (MB)

Bay View, 1990

Part 1 (238 pages). Part 2 (333 pages)

Oklahoma to Becher; Kinnickinnic to Lake Michigan 571



Brewers Hill and King Drive. 1983 McKinley to North Avenue; Water Street/Humboldt to 6th Street; 1st and 2nd Streets from North to Center 132 7
Citywide Comprehensive. 1979 (published 1982) Citywide, approximately 6700 properties of all types
See also Built in Milwaukee above.
83 16
City of Steeples. 1996. Citywide, religious structures 99 12
Downtown / Central Business District. 1986 Florida to McKinley/Ogden; I-43 to Lake Michigan; includes Third Ward 953 40
Industrial Milwaukee. 2016. Citywide 182 11
Lower East Side. 1988 Lyon to Bradford; Milwaukee River to Lake Bluff or Summit, excluding North Point South 626 24
Milwaukee Historic Ethnic Architecture Resources Study. 1994. Citywide, primarily German and Polish 253 27
Near South Side. 1987. Greenfield to Virginia; I-43 to Layton Boulevard. 574  
Sherman Park. 2012. Mostly N. 46th Street from North to Chambers, portions of N. 41st to N. 49th in same area.  63 6
West Side. 1983 Wisconsin Avenue to McKinley Boulevard/Avenue & I-43 to Miller Valley 463 18

Booklets: Ethnic Architecture Series - The rich heritage of immigrant architecture.

(These booklets are staple bound and measure 4” x 8 ¼”) $2.00 each

Walking / Driving Tour Brochures (no charge)

All are available for online viewing.

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