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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 2
previously and listed among the WHS files; the remainder constitutes sites recorded for the first
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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