Northwestern Branch, National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers Historic District

Also known as: National Soldier's Home Historic District
5000 W. National Ave., Milwaukee, Wisconsin

One of the three orginal Old Soldiers Homes signed into law by President Lincoln just before he was assassinated.


Old Main

The majestic Old Soldiers Home is the dominant structure on the skyline of The National Soldiers Home Historic District.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning



National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 3, 2005
Reference number
Architectural styles
Victorian: Gothic; Victorian: Shingle Style
Areas of significance
Social History; Health/Medicine; Architecture; Politics/Government
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Institutional housing; Hospital; Sanatorium; Cemetery
Current functions
Sanatorium; Cemetery; Institutional housing
Periods of significance
1850-1874; 1875-1899; 1900-1924; 1925-1949; 1950-1974
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 41
Contributing sites: 4
Contributing objects: 3
Non-contributing buildings: 5
Non-contributing sites: 1

Update Log 

  • October 25, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added a link to a stunning photo essay of the condition of Old Main
  • July 15, 2011: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated GPS
  • June 24, 2011: New photos from J.R. Manning