Kara O’Keeffe
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Milwaukee, Wis. – The Wisconsin Historical Society has announced the listing of the North 47th Street Bungalow Historic District in the city of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, in the National Register of Historic Places.  National Register designation provides access to certain benefits, including qualification for grants and for rehabilitation income tax credits, while it does not restrict private property owners in the use of their property.
This group of 24 bungalows, constructed between 1922 and 1928, includes exceptional examples of Tudor Revival, Mediterranean Revival and Craftsman styles of architecture.  Designed by architects and constructed of high quality materials, these homes, as a group, form an architecturally appealing and distinctive block.
Despite having lots from two separate subdivisions, the block’s cohesive appearance was achieved, in part, by deed restrictions that were placed on both sides of the block. Use of such restrictions and covenants—which included uniform setbacks, minimum construction costs, and single-family use, among others—were meant to attract the more affluent resident, as well as to create a uniform landscape and control property values. Although clearly developed on a small scale, the 2500 block of North 47th Street is an historic and exemplary local example of a restricted, planned, residential development.
The register is the official national list of historic properties in America deemed worthy of preservation and is maintained by the National Park Service in the U.S. Department of the Interior. The Wisconsin Historical Society administers the program within Wisconsin. It includes sites, buildings, structures, objects and districts that are significant in national, state or local history, architecture, archaeology, engineering or culture.
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