Preservation of historic buildings is a tough task that takes the cooperation of the Historic Preservation Commission and building owners. On Tuesday night a group of Green Bay residents experienced this first hand when they joined Alderman Mark Steuer for a special walking tour of the Fort Howard neighborhood after his talk on Architecture, Planning, and Politics at the museum.
Walking through the old homes in the different districts in Green Bay is a nostalgic experience that can speak to the building of our city and the development of our community. During the walk on Tuesday night, Steuer and company spoke with homeowners and were even invited into the original Blesch home in the Fort Howard Neighborhood on N Oakland Ave. This Greek Revival style home, built in 1905, is a rare find in Green Bay. The current homeowners spoke of the challenges in owning a historic home. When the home was bought in foreclosure a few years ago the homeowners had to go before the planning commission to talk about the repairs they were taking on.
Another home which has gone through a similar transformation is the old Joannes home on S Madison St. in the Astor Neighborhood designed in 1902 for Mitchell and Fannie Joannes. This Queen Anne style home, which was previously used as a multifamily home, was bought and renovated to reflect its original design. A 360° virtual tour of this home can be found in the current exhibit Building Our Community along with the original designs and floor plans.
There’s no shortage of beautiful historic buildings in our community. After collecting designs, histories and photographs of these structures with the help of the Berners-Schober Architectural Firm we decided to put together walking tours that people can do on their own to enjoy these historic buildings outside of a museum gallery. We hope that one beautiful day you’ll take a tour of Downtown, the Allouez Neighborhood, the Astor Neighborhood, or the Fort Howard Neighborhood and enjoy the historic beauty that surrounds us in Green Bay.
You can download these tours on our website or visit our Google Map site here. You can also find them and many more buildings in the current exhibit Building Our Community: 100+ Years of Architecture & Design in Brown County open through March 26, 2016.
Upcoming Building Our Community Events
August 5th- More dates TBD
$30 members, $40 non-members
August 11th at 7pm