Preserving appreciation of Greendale, Wisconsin, a National Historic Landmark
and one of only three American Greenbelt communities.
The Hose Tower Community Grand Opening
Summer is finally here and that means warm weather, sunny skies, and the Greendale Open Market starting Saturday, June 27.read more
The adaptive reuse of the Historic Hose Tower building in the heart of downtown Greendale is on track to be completed this fall.read more
Together We Have Made History!
Join the Greendale Historical Society and
the Village of Greendale on Saturday, October 25
For the Community Grand Opening of the Hose Tower
A piece of Greendale history has made its way back to the 21st century. The Hose Tower will host a Community Grand Opening on Sunday, October 25 celebrating the renovation to the historic building in the heart of downtown Greendale. The Village of Greendale and the Greendale Historical Society is inviting the public to attend the open house from 1 to 3 p.m.
The Hose Tower is located just west of Broad Street at 5699 Parking Street in historic, downtown Greendale and is one of three public buildings deemed a contributing factor in Greendale’s Historic National Landmark designation by the federal government.
“The Village is grateful to all who have donated time, money, and energy in adapting this valuable piece of our history for community use by the families, organizations and businesses of Greendale,” said Village President Jim Birmingham. “The successful completion of this community project is a perfect example of an innovative public and private partnership.”
The Hose Tower will be available for rental by residents, families, organizations, and businesses. The building is owned by the Village of Greendale and will be operated by the Village. The building will be also be used as a Community Center with seating for up to 99 people. The facility is has been completely adapted to accommodate meetings, conferences, social gatherings, and other events.
“The Village is looking forward to the Hose Tower building realizing its vision as a community gathering place for the residents and families of Greendale,” said Village Manager Todd Michaels. “Interest and demand for rental of the building has already exceeded expectations.”
In recent years, many donors have contributed both time and funds to make the adaptive reuse of the Hose Tower possible. Adaptive reuse refers to the process of reusing an old site or building for a purpose other than which it was built or designed for.
After its construction in 1939, the Hose Tower was used by the Greendale Fire Department to dry their hoses and to provide additional storage for other municipal equipment. Over the years was used as a youth center, but has been largely utilized as storage by the Department of Public Works. In recent years, drainage issues and other structural problems threatened the stability of the structure.
The Historical Society raised funds to replace a leaking roof, repair drainage around the building and installed new windows. Public restrooms were completed in 2013.
Fundraising for the project has continued in earnest. In recent weeks, the Historical Society raised an additional $18,873 in a “capstone” fundraising campaign to pay for finishing touches to the building.
According to Ted Mainella, President of the Greendale Historical Society, a recent check from the Society to the Village of Greendale in the amount of $34,289.75 was used to help complete the latest phase of the construction which includes the new HVAC system, carpeting, furnishings, new exit door, A/V system and walkway.
“All of Greendale will be proud of this building” said Mainella. “We have many to thank for bringing this building back to community use. We couldn’t have done it without the generous support of those donors who helped make this day happen.”
A major donation of $75,000 by Layton State Bank, helped fund construction of the building’s meeting room. In recognition of their community support, the meeting space in the Hose Tower will be called the “Layton State Bank Community Room”.
“Layton State Bank has been a part of the Village of Greendale since 1947. We are happy to have been partners with the Village and Historical Society to bring this building back to life,” said Carla C. Breunig, President & Chief Executive Officer.
The Hose Tower is located in the heart of Greendale’s historic business district adjacent to Canterbury Woods with convenient drive-up access from the municipal parking lot. In 2012, the Village of Greendale’s historic district including the Hose Tower were formally designated as a National Historic Landmark.
Tour Historic Greendale
This summer, the Greendale Historical Society is offering guided tours of Historic Downtown Greendale. The tours will coincide with the Open Market held on Greendale’s Broad Street in between Northway and Schoolway. in the shadow of the iconic Village Hall.
It is the mission of the Greendale Historical Society to preserve and promote the buildings, landmarks and artifacts that illustrate the history of Greendale, Wisconsin; to increase awareness, understanding and appreciation of the Village’s founding, growth and designation as a National Historic Landmark; and to strengthen the current and future historic character of the Village.
5650 Parking Street
Greendale, WI 53129
Phone: (414) 423-7064
Ted Mainella, President
Kevin Nitka, Treasurer
Bob DeRoche, Secretary
At-Large Board Members:
William Attewell, Jim Burns, Kathleen Kendellen Hart, William Hughes, Georgianne Heymann, Bob Prindiville, Kristi Sanders and Brenda Siemers
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