construction boom which took place in Washington Heights from
1910 to 1930 produced a neighborhood filled with substantial,
well-built homes in a diverse mix of styles. Some streets
are lined with bungalows and duplexes, but these are by no means
cookie-cutter homes. Old-world craftsmanship in woodwork
and plaster gives each a unique feel, and many have Arts
& Crafts detail. One also finds period revival
styles including "English Cottage," "Tudor,"
and even "Spanish Mission" homes. Many homes
are built of brick or stone. Most have hardwood floors,
stained or leaded glass windows, and fireplaces.
Along the neighborhood's two boulevards -- Hi Mount and Washington
-- the homes are especially fine with some reaching near-mansion
proportions. Among these are homes built for some of Milwaukee's
industrial pioneers. One such home on Hi Mount Boulevard,
a 17-room mansion built for Theodore Trecker, contains a chapel,
ballroom and servant's quarters.
Residents are encouraged to maintain and improve their historic
homes in Washington Heights. The Neighborhood Association's
newsletter, the Highlighter, routinely offers advice
on everything from financing improvements to picking appropriate
paint colors. Each year the Association recognizes owners
who have made outstanding improvements to their home or landscape.
Home ownership has been remarkably stable over the years.
Even now there is at least one home still owned by descendants
of the family who built it. When homes are sold, they
often are purchased by families attracted to the quality construction
and historic character of Washington Heights homes.