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A developer wants to demolish this 1865 home to build a four-story apartment building. (PHOTO: Google)

Historic Preservation committee will consider designation for Garner House

UPDATE (Nov. 11, 2019): At the meeting mentioned below, the HPC declined to designate this property as historic because of the changes made to it over the years.

At a special meeting on Monday, Nov. 11, the City of Milwaukee's Historic Preservation Committee will discuss giving temporary historic designation to the Garner-Ranney-Schutz House at 1247 N. Milwaukee St.

The Victorian Gothic house, built in 1865, sits on a corner lot at Knapp Street where a company headed by Milwaukee Bucks player Pat Connaughton plans to build a new apartment development.

When a permit to demolish the home was filed with the city, Milwaukee Preservation Alliance's Dawn McCarthy – the group's past president – filed an application for temporary designation.

"The significance of this site and structure is it is one of the last historic single-family residences in the downtown area," McCarthy wrote on the application.

"It shows the architecture of a period in Milwaukee of early residential architecture, which is heavily influenced by German immigrants. Theo Schutz, the architect who resided there for many years, was very influential in the development of both commercial and residential architecture in Milwaukee."

The building – erected by Dr. John E. Garner – was converted to a duplex in 1918 by Schutz, who lived there from 1892 until his death in 1923.

According to a report in Biz Times Milwaukee – which includes a rendering of the exterior of the planned four-story apartment building – a permanent historic designation application was filed at the same time as the temporary designation application.

The Historic Preservation Commission has the power to bestow temporary designation, but the Common Council must also vote to affirm permanent historic status.

New York-based Beach House LLC, of which Connaughton is president, is the project developer.

The meeting is slated for 3 p.m. in Room 301-B at City Hall, 200 E. Wells St.


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