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Historical / architectural resources survey, Village of Thiensville, Ozaukee County

Chapter 1: introduction and survey methodology,   pp. 1-2

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Historical and Architectural Resources Survey
Village of Thiensville                                                       Page 1
Introduction and Survey Methodology
In 2002, the Village of Thiensville applied for, and received, an historic preservation grant-in-aid
from the National Park Service--a grant administered by the Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS).
The objective was to survey the architectural and historical resources within the village's corporate
limits and identify those that were potentially eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.
Consequently, Heritage Research, Ltd., an historical/environmental consulting firm in Menomonee
Falls, Wisconsin, was contracted to conduct an intensive survey of the village. The major products
of the effort were to consist of an Intensive Survey Report that provides the following: (1) a
chronicle of the historical development of Thiensville, focusing upon themes that were embodied
in the village's extant historical and architectural resources; (2) insight into which resources--either
as individual structures or as historic districts--might offer potential for listing on the National
Register of Historic Places; (3) completed Reconnaissance Survey cards for all structures offering
some degree of interest; and (4) an inventory of all resources observed in the project area. Following
the conclusion of the survey effort, two National Register nominations will be prepared by Heritage
Research, Ltd.
This document constitutes the Intensive Survey Report. By identifying buildings, structures, sites,
districts and objects which meet the criteria for listing on the National Register, preservation
priorities and concerns can be recognized and subsequently incorporated into the village's planning
process. Additionally, survey results can increase public and private sector awareness of
Thiensville's historical and architectural heritage, as well as promote the need to preserve that
In order to appreciate the methodology behind the survey effort, it is necessary to define the roles
of various participants in the project. Mr. Ronald Heinritz, Member of Thiensville's Historic
Preservation Commission, represented the village and its interests as director for the survey subgrant.
John N. Vogel, Ph.D., Senior Historian and President of Heritage Research, Ltd., (HRL), served as
the HRL Project Director, while Traci E. Schnell, M.A., Architectural Historian, served as the
Project Manager and Principal Investigator. As well, Brian J. Faltinson, M.A., served as the Project
Historian and Gayle Kiszely, M.A., assisted with data entry and survey card production.
A public meeting was held in December 2002 to launch the project. Press releases were issued to
area newspapers, including the Thiensville Reporter and the Cedarburg News-Graphic, seeking
historical and/or resource-related input from area residents. In addition, HRL studied the Wisconsin
Architecture & History Inventory at the WHS to learn if any village properties had already been
surveyed. All of this preliminary work helped to facilitate actual fieldwork in January, April & May
2003. During that time, all properties in the village were inspected, while 161 select properties were
inventoried and photographed. This included twenty-seven properties that had been identified

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