Owners of notable Milwaukee properties can apply for a plaque that draws attention to their property

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- In addition to historic designation by the city, the owners of notable Milwaukee properties can now apply for a plaque that draws attention to their property and makes note of its history.

“Milwaukee has a wonderfully unique heritage that is worth celebrating. The Historic Property Plaque Program selects exceptional properties that contribute to the historic fabric of the city, researches their history and provides property owners with the opportunity to commemorate that history with a plaque on the building’s façade," Alderman Terry Witkowski said.

The program currently provides design and logistical support for property owners who wish to commemorate the historic nature of a building, but the cost of procuring a plaque is the owner’s responsibility. Working with the Public Information Division of the Common Council / City Clerk’s office, the Historic Preservation Commission selected an eye-catching template for the historic plaques and located vendors to produce them.

“We’re pleased to be able to provide this service to the city at no material cost to taxpayers. This program allows property owners countless opportunities to enhance the historic character of their neighborhoods," City Clerk Jim Owczarski said.

“Milwaukee is already a destination for history buffs and architecture enthusiasts. Now an even greater number of people will be able to appreciate the city’s rich heritage," Alderman Witkowski said.

Property owners can learn more about the program and apply for a plaque online at milwaukee.gov/HPCplaques.