South Layton Boulevard Historic District

921--2264 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee, Wisconsin

A diverse neighborhood with a mix of churches and styles of homes

Photo 

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Photo taken by J.R. Manning in May 2015

Map 

Description 

Over a century ago, 27th Street was way out in the country, a part of the old Town of Wauwatosa. It was the site of a celery farm and summer homes for well-to-do Milwaukeeans.

As the city grew outward, this stretch of 27th Street became Layton Boulevard and was supposed to be the new Gold Coast for Milwaukee. Some spectacular homes were built on Layton Boulevard but the neighborhood never developed as such. Like its counterpart to the east, the area developed into an ethnically diverse neighborhood with a myriad of churches and a wide variety in the style of homes in the area.

Near the southern end of the historic district is a block of Burnham Street with six Frank Lloyd Wright's American System Built Homes. Wright advocated the cutting and fabrication of components at a factory, then shipping them to the site for assembly. He claimed this "American System" would cut waste and reduce labor costs by requiring fewer craftsmen at the job site. Only a few examples of his American System Homes were built, including these structures on Burnham Street. One of the restored homes is open for tours.

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 24, 1996
Reference number
96000412
Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Colonial Revival; Victorian: Queen Anne; American Movement: Bungalow/Craftsman
Areas of significance
Community Planning and Development; Architecture
Level of significance
Local
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction; A - Event
Property type
District
Historic functions
Church related residence; Religious structure; Multiple dwelling; Single dwelling
Current functions
Church related residence; Religious structure; Multiple dwelling; Single dwelling
Periods of significance
1925-1949; 1900-1924; 1875-1899
Significant year
ca. 1888
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 234
Non-contributing buildings: 23

Update Log 

  • May 24, 2015: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added description
  • May 23, 2015: New photo from J.R. Manning

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