Preserving Racine’s Historic Buildings

  • 1525 Howe Street
  • Racine, WI

Local history is reflected in special historic locations and buildings which have been, and should continue to be, an important part of a community.

In Racine County, numerous areas have been officially designated as Historic Districts – as well as many individual buildings, both residential and commercial – and are listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places. While we tend to think of these historic buildings as being over 100 years old, some of them are much newer, even having been built as recently as 1958, within our own or our family members’ lifetimes. Awareness of these historic designations, knowing what they mean and learning how they can be useful, are the first steps to preservation.

Jennifer Davel, a Preservation Architect from the Wisconsin Historical Society, will introduce a wealth of resources about what makes certain buildings architecturally or culturally significant, why they are placed on these lists, and what protections or responsibilities are implied by such designations.

Equally important are the financial incentives and technical information to retain and restore (rather than “remuddle”) such buildings. Jennifer will provide advice on the availability of homeowner and commercial tax credits for historic restoration, as well as resources for proper techniques to preserve a building's cultural and economic value.

This program will be enlightening to all, including historians, educators, government employees and residents, encouraging preservation and benefiting the community well into the future.

A panel discussion with local historical preservationists will follow the presentation. ________________________________________________________________________ 

The Wisconsin Historical Society, founded in 1846, strives to increase the public's knowledge of history to provide societal, cultural, and economic benefit.

Preservation Racine, Inc. is a nonprofit organization established in 1973 to identify and encourage the preservation of places of historical, architectural, and cultural value in the Racine area.

Duration 1 1/2 hours

  • November 5, 2018
  • Location: 1525 Howe Street, SC Johnson Golden Rondelle Theater, WI
  • Phone: (262) 260-2154
  • Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Price: free reservations recommended
Preserving Racine’s Historic Buildings