Milwaukee County Home for Dependent Children-Administration Building

Also known as: Milwaukee County Parks Administration Building
9480 Watertown Plank Rd., Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

Cream City Brick Administration Building

Photos 

Overview Looking Northeast

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in April 2014

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Description 

The address of this building was previously cited as 9508 W. Watertown Plank Road and that is the address the structure shows on the NRHP. The building is actually located at 9480 W. Watertown Plank Road.

The building that was listed at 9508 W. Watertown Plank Road might have been the second building affiliated with the Home for Dependent Children (a euphemism for "orphan" apparently) that was demolished sometime in the 1990s. A photo of that building is found above.

It is possible the address of the subject building was changed. This area is under heavy redevelopment at the time of this writing, including a great deal of road work associated with necessary changes to Watertown Plank Road itself. Some of the land was taken for the revised interchange of Watertown Plank Road and US 45, as a part of the Wisconsin DOT rebuilding of the Zoo Interchange.

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 7, 1999
Reference number
98001587
NR name
Milwaukee County Home for Dependent Children--Administriation Building
Architectural style
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival
Area of significance
Social History
Level of significance
Local
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Building
Historic function
Institutional housing
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1900-1924; 1925-1949

Update Log 

  • May 24, 2017: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • April 12, 2014: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status and Added Photos

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Comments 

Milwaukee County Home for Dependent Children--Administration Building
Posted April 9, 2017, by Thomas Ramstack (bayernimmigrant [at] aol [dot] com)

I posted a photograph earlier today. I have attached a second "postcard" image entitled, "Children's Home, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin." Can you tell me something about this building? I don't recall ever having seen it. It seems like a much larger structure than the older building designated as the "The Children's Home..." Thank You Again, Best Regards, Tom Ramstack, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Milwaukee County Home for Dependent Children--Administration Building
Posted April 9, 2017, by Thomas Ramstack (bayernimmigrant [at] aol [dot] com)

I have attached a photo of my grandmother, Helen Phillips, of Muskego, posing with a group of young orphans, on what looks like a fairly cold day at the County Home for Dependent Children (circa 1915). I'm attempting to identify the building. Could it be the same building you feature, perhaps taken from the back side? Hope you enjoy this addition to your collection!!! Best Regards, Tom Ramstack, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Milwaukee County Home for Dependent Children--Administration Building
Posted December 18, 2015, by Leatrice (lea1719192 [at] aol [dot] com)

I can't believe they tore down those beautiful buildings. I stayed there in the 60's

Milwaukee County Home for Dependent Children--Administration Building
Posted November 2, 2014, by Angie (dabjmiller [at] frontier [dot] com)

Where are the records on the children that were in the Home for Dependent children kept now ? .. my dad was living here in 1942-1943 ...I have tried researching to locate these records, got the run around between the courthouse & historical society...any leads would be appreciated.

Milwaukee County Home for Dependent Children--Administration Building
Posted September 17, 2014, by Joyce Ford (julisha1 [at] live [dot] com)

Can you post picture of the front side of the second building? The building appears familiar to where I stayed as a young child.