Forest Home Library Interior 2_Jan 1967


A brief timeline

Since Milwaukee has not been successful in preserving buildings from this time period, Forest Home Library could be the first locally designated individual building built after 1941.


Milwaukee Public Library Board relocated the Forest Home Library services to the Hill’s Building on Historic Mitchell Street.

2017 - 2020

The former Forest Home Library has been vacant, city owned, and for sale.

The real estate listing circulated by the Department of City Development for the City of Milwaukee reads explicitly as follows:

Under “Buyer Development Obligations”: “Restore building in a timely manner. Preserve existing building and structural elements. Maintain clear glazing along street frontages.”


Wisconsin State Historic Preservation Office determines that the Forest Home Library is preliminarily eligible for the National Register - a much higher designation than at the local level!

October 9, 2020

Press release reveals that the City and Library Board are moving forward with a sale of the Forest Home Library to a developer that proposes to demolish the clinic.

October 15, 2020

Filed for Temporary and Permanent Local Historic Designation with the City of Milwaukee.

November 2, 2020

Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission unanimously voted to grant Temporary Historic Designation.

What does this mean? Temporary designation protects the building from any changes, including demolition, for 180 days.

Upcoming Important Dates:

November 30, 2020

The Historic Preservation Commission will consider Permanent Local Historic Designation.

What does this mean? The Historic Preservation Commission will make a recommendation to the Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee either in support or against Permanent Designation.

December 8, 2020

The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee will consider approval of the Preservation Commission’s recommendation.

December 15, 2020

If the Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee votes to recommend approval of Permanent Historic Designation, then Common Council will consider recommendation.

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