membership meeting

Past, Present, Future: Preserving Racine's Historic Buildings

Monday, November 5, 2018
6:00 - 8:00 pm

SC Johnson Golden Rondelle Theater
At the intersection of
14th and Franklin Streets
Racine, WI  53403

Our local history is reflected in special historic locations and buildings which have been, and should continue to be, an important part of the community.

Numerous areas have been officially designated as Historic Districts in Racine County, as well as many individual buildings, both residential and commercial, which are listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. While we tend to think of these historic buildings as being over 100 years old, some of them are much newer, even having been built as recently as 1958, within our own or our family members’ lifetimes. Awareness of these historic designations, knowing what they mean, and learning how they can be useful are the first steps to preservation.

Jennifer Davel, a Preservation Architect from the Wisconsin Historical Society, will introduce a wealth of resources which are available to understand what makes certain buildings architecturally or culturally significant, how they receive the honors of being placed on these lists, and what protections or responsibilities are implied by such designations.

Equally important are the financial incentives and technical information to retain and restore (rather than “remuddle”) such buildings. Jennifer will provide advice on the availability of homeowner and commercial tax credits for historic restoration, along with resources for proper techniques to preserve the cultural and economic value of such buildings.

A panel discussion with local historical preservationists will follow the presentation.

This program is presented in partnership with SC Johnson as a Community Interest Program and will be enlightening to all, encouraging historic preservation to benefit our community well into the future.

Note: Reservations are required, as this presentation is being widely advertised and seating is limited.
​RSVP at or (262) 260-2154.