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Garden Homes

 
 
Garden Homes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, November 15, 2013
1. Garden Homes Marker
Inscription. The first municipally-supported housing project in the United States, developed in 1921-23, and designated as a Milwaukee landmark in 1974 in recognition of its historical and architectural significance.
 
Erected 1974.
 
Location. 43° 5.789′ N, 87° 56.743′ W. Marker is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in Milwaukee County. Marker is at the intersection of West Atkinson Avenue and North 26th Street, on the right when traveling west on West Atkinson Avenue. Click for map. Located in the southwest corner of Garden Homes County Park. Marker is in this post office area: Milwaukee WI 53209, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Green Bay Road (approx. 0.9 miles away); In Honor of the Men and Women of the 25th Ward (approx. 1.3 miles away); Borchert Field/The Milwaukee Bears Negro National League 1923 (approx. 2.1 miles away); Kilbourntown House (approx. 2.4 miles away); Stop on the Underground Railroad (approx. 2.9 miles away); Old Sauk Trail (approx. 2.9 miles away); Shorewood Armory (approx. 3 miles away); Shorewood High School (approx. 3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Milwaukee.
 
More about this marker. Garden Homes
Garden Homes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, November 15, 2013
2. Garden Homes Marker
from the corner of N. 26th St. and W. Atkinson Ave. looking into Garden Homes County Park.
Historic District National Register of Historic Places #NRP-90000669
 
Regarding Garden Homes. The Garden Homes neighborhood, built in 1921-1923, was the nationís first and only municipally-built cooperative housing development aimed at providing affordable housing. The homes and the cooperative form of ownership were patterned after affordable housing developments in England, and the streets in Garden Homes were originally named after the English prototypes. Today only one street -- Port Sunlight Way -- retains its original name.

A total of 93 single family and side-by-side duplexes were built and 91 buildings are still there today. The houses were built assembly-line style and all were finished on the exterior with stucco and either red or green roofs. The streets curved, unlike the cityís predominant grid system, and a small park is at the center of the development.

Garden Homes was always a tax-paying entity and it never lost money, although the cooperative form of ownership was gradually phased out by the late 1930s. Today Garden Homes is listed on the National Register of Historic Places specifically because of its place in the history of American city planning.

-From the Milwaukee Historic Preservation website
 
Additional keywords. Urban Planning
 
Categories. Notable PlacesSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 243 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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