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Preserving our Past: May

May 9, 2012

Alonzo Fowle Residence

624 East Day Avenue


By Tom Fehring

This clapboard Queen Anne style residence was built in 1892. It features wood shingles in the gables, and a spindled wrap-around porch. This residence was built for Alonzo Fowle, a partner in King, Fowle, Lawton and McGee Printing Co., located in downtown Milwaukee. Two of his other partners also built their homes in the community. Henry R. King built his home in 1893 at 5559 North Lake Drive, and James McGee built his home at 5569 North Lake Drive. The three men were among Whitefish Bay's first commuters, going to and from the city on the Milwaukee and Whitefish Bay Railroad.

The Milwaukee and Whitefish Bay Railroad line was developed in 1892, the same year the Fowle residence was built and also the year the community of Whitefish Bay was incorporated. The line pushed to its northern limits at Day Avenue in 1897, and was electrified in 1898. It became known as the Milwaukee Electric Rail¬way & Light Co. in 1902.

The section of Day Avenue between North Lake Drive and the Lake Michigan bluff was the first residential area developed within Whitefish Bay.

The residence was identified by the Wisconsin State Historical Society in a 1980 survey.

(At right: An early advertisement for the Milwaukee company owned by James McGee, Henry King and Alonzo Fowle. Fowle lived at what is now 624 East Day Avenue in Whitefish Bay.)


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About "Preserving Our Past"

The Village of Whitefish Bay is a community of residential neighborhoods, punctuated with an attractive walking district of fine stores, excellent schools and vibrant houses of worship. It is filled with homes and other buildings that are architecturally rich, well-designed and maintained, and diverse in character.

Its residents have contributed much to the broad cultural, political, economic and social history of the area. And its residents are interested in maintaining their connections with an historic past.

To help maintain these connections, the Historic Preservation Commission is in the process of identifying buildings and historic sites that it believes may be architecturally significant or historic. On a weekly basis we will feature a building or site from our inventory.


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