What are the advantages of having a property declared historic by the Village of Whitefish Bay?
Other than the prestige and honor associated with having your building officially recognized as an important element of the Village’s cultural heritage, designation affords property owners the opportunity to exercise a greater measure of control over the future of their properties than would otherwise be the case. By requiring that proposed new construction and exterior alterations be reviewed by the Whitefish Bay Architectural Review Commission, the architectural integrity of Whitefish Bay’s Historic buildings can be safeguarded against unsympathetic modifications that would destroy the qualities that have made some buildings visual landmarks to generations of Village residents.

In addition, the designation of the property as a local historic site will likely be a favorable factor in also obtaining state or federal designation.

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1. What properties are eligible for designation as local historic structures or sites?
2. How are structures and sites designated?
3. What are the advantages of having a property declared historic by the Village of Whitefish Bay?
4. What is the purpose of the design review responsibility by the Whitefish Bay Architectural Review Commission and how does the review process work?
5. Can designated historic properties be demolished?
6. Will owners be forced to restore or improve their historic properties if they are designated?
7. Will new construction be prevented at historic sites?
8. Will property taxes be increased as a result of historic designation?
9. How does one obtain an application to have a building or site dedicated historic or request permission to make a change to an already designated property?