Chippewa Falls, WI. – The Wisconsin Historical Society announces the listing of the West Hill Residential Historic District in Chippewa Falls, Chippewa County, on 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.
The West Hill Residential Historic District is located just west of downtown Chippewa Falls, on a bluff overlooking the Chippewa River. The district contains 162 houses with the earliest house in the district dating to 1870. The district is noted for its high-style and high-quality buildings.
The buildings within the West Hill Residential Historic District have much of the same appearance today as when they were constructed. The district contains many of Chippewa Falls’ best examples of specific architectural styles, with a particularly fine representation of the Italianate, Queen Anne, and Revival style houses. The West Hill Residential Historic District is Chippewa Falls’ most architecturally intact historic residential area and physically documents the city’s transformation from a frontier community to a modern city.
The National Register is the official 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.
The Fuldner Heritage Fund paid for the preparation of this nomination. This endowed fund, created through a generous donation by the Jeffris Family Foundation and administered by the Wisconsin Historical Society, supports the nomination of historically and architecturally significant rural and small-town properties.
To learn more about the State and National Register programs in Wisconsin, visit www.wisconsinhistory.org.
About the Wisconsin Historical Society
The Wisconsin Historical Society, founded in 1846, ranks as one of the largest, most active and most diversified state historical societies in the nation. As both a state agency and a private membership organization, its mission is to help people connect to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing stories. The Wisconsin Historical Society serves millions of people every year through a wide range of sites, programs and services. For more information, visit wisconsinhistory.org.