North Grant Boulevard Historic District

2370--2879 N. Grant Blvd., Milwaukee, Wisconsin

A broad, linear, tree-lined street distinguished by extra wide parkways with double rows of shade trees

Photos 

Barrel View Looking South

This is the north portal of the Historic District.

There are 119 contributing structures that comprise this historic district. The following photos are representative of the district.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in March 2016

Enlarge

Map 

Description 

"The Grant Boulevard Historic District is a linear residential area that includes the buildings on both sides of Grant Boulevard between West Meinecke and West Locust Streets and one building in the block between West North Avenue and West Meinecke Street. Stretching a distance of six city blocks , the Grant Boulevard Historic District is a broad, 105-foot-wide, linear, north-to-south-running street which is distinguished by having a single wide roadway flanked by extra wide parkways planted with double rows of deciduous shade trees between the curb and the sidewalk.

"Of the 120 buildings on the boulevard, 119 are contributing structures and one is a non-contributing residence built less than 50 years ago. All of the buildings in the district were built as single-family houses. The first houses were built in 1913 with the peak years of construction occurring in the years between 1920 and 1922. The houses are uniformly set back from the street. The buildings themselves are mostly small scale, 1-1/2 to 2 stories in height, compact in form, and low to the ground, which makes the relatively small lots appear more ample in size, and accentuates the estate-like character of the district. Brick and stucco are the primary cladding materials, and the buildings are detailed in stone, wood metal and glass. One house is entirely clad in stone. A few clapboard-sided houses also occur in the district. Most of the houses feature broad, simple roofs with the jerkinhead gable being the most common profile. Asphalt clads most of the roofs although there are examples of tiles, terra cotta, and cement asbestos as well. The majority of the residences on Grant Boulevard are bungalows, but the district also contains a number of houses designed in the Arts and Crafts, Colonial Revival, Mediterranean Revival, Tudor Revival, and Prairie styles."

From the North Grant Boulevard Historic District Application to NPS for inclusion of the district to the National Register of Historic Places

Prepared by Carlen Hatala and Les Vollmert on behalf of the City of Milwaukee Department of City Development, September 1993.

The above referenced document is the source of the photo captions. The private residences in the district are not open to the public. Of the 119 contributing structures, the photos are representative of houses in the district.

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 23, 1995
Reference number
95000290
Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival; American Movement; Other architectural type; Arts and Crafts
Areas of significance
Architecture; Community Planning and Development
Level of significance
Local
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
District
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current functions
Single dwelling; Multiple dwelling
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1925-1949
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 119
Non-contributing buildings: 1

Update Log 

  • March 31, 2016: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos

Sources