Historical / architectural resources survey, Village of Thiensville, Ozaukee County
Chapter 1: introduction and survey methodology, pp. 1-2
Historical and Architectural Resources Survey Village of Thiensville Page 2 previously and listed among the WHS files; the remainder constitutes sites recorded for the first time.1 Reconnaissance Survey Cards, complete with photographs, were then prepared for those resources. The original cards were delivered to the WHS for inclusion in the Wisconsin Architecture & History Inventory, while copies were made available to the Village of Thiensville. Because no resource exists in a vacuum, gaining a basic understanding of Thiensville's history was imperative before launching into site-specific research. General contextual research established the historical evolution of the village, from its beginnings as a fledgling community to one that is now increasingly affected by suburbanization. Historical context and property-specific research material was compiled from various repositories and institutions. Particularly helpful were the Mequon Historical Society and the Weyenberg Library in Mequon, Wisconsin, and the Ozaukee County Historical Society in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Individuals who made significant contributions to this effort include longtime Thiensville residents Jerry Egelhoff, Mrs. Gertrude Giesfeldt and Ruth Hatzinger, as well as Dawn Holyoke and Harold Schnell. Mrs. Giesfeldt was the primary source of information for the historic name on the survey cards, while tax rolls confirmed that information in most cases. Once the fieldwork and property-specific research efforts were completed, HRL staff incorporated it into the general historical background and thematic chapters of the Intensive Survey Report as appropriate, and then formulated its recommendations. Of the 161 properties inventoried and photographed, two historic districts and fifteen individual properties were thought to offer a sufficient degree of historical intrigue and/or architectural integrity to suggest potential for listing on the National Register. And of those, both historic districts and fifteen properties (two of which are located within one of the historic districts) were subsequently determined to be eligible for the Register. Of the remaining four properties, two are regarded as potentially eligible once they turn fifty years of age and further research is recommended for the final two properties. These findings were offered on 20 May 2003 to the Historic Preservation Commission in a narrated slide presentation, as well as at a second public meeting scheduled for September 2003. Those results are elaborated upon, and formally presented to the Preservation Commission in this report. 1The Architecture & History Inventory (AHI) includes twenty-seven previously surveyed properties, four of which are no longer extant. They include 201-103 Green Bay Road, 205 Green Bay Road, the Pigeon Creek Bridge and the Bike Trail Bridge.
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