Today, Feb. 14, Donna Schlieman posted this new website for this worthy cause.

Members of MPA,
Your board sent a letter to the Mayor of Milwaukee and other parties on your behalf regarding the Goll Mansion which is a historic site. The mansion and its grounds have been purchased by a developer. Please read the following letter. We will inform you when and if any development proposals do occur for the site.

Donna Schlieman

February 1, 2006
1300 N. Prospect Ave., apt. 423
Milwaukee WI. 53202

Dear Mayor Barrett,

The Board of Milwaukee Preservation Alliance and its members ask that you not allow any alteration or diminishment to the value of the historic Frederick Goll Mansion at 1550 N. Prospect Avenue.

The Goll Mansion is a City of Milwaukee Historic Site, locally designated November 26, 2002. This ordinance protects historic sites from needless changes and preserves them for citizens of Milwaukee in the decades to come. The Mansion is also listed on the National Register in the Prospect Ave. Mansions Historic District, Listed April 7, 1990. An inclusion in the National Historic Trust means that the Mansion meets historic architectural standards and is noteworthy in the community’s history. Visiting historic sites rank high in member’s importance. Of all the former mansions which lined Prospect Avenue, Milwaukee’s “Gold Coast,” this is the only one of two which remains on the east side, view of Lake Michigan, of Prospect Avenue. The other, the former Goodrich Mansion is now the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.

The Elizabethan/Jacobean Revival Style Frederick Goll Mansion was designed by the prominent firm of Ferry and Clas and built in 1898. A distinctive 2–1/2 story structure with side gables, the facades consists of half timbering woodcarving and fine stonework. The mansion also boasts a series of carved stone human heads along the sides of the building. The steep roof of original gray slates and period style chimney still crown this building. The original interiors of the building, overlooking the street and the lake, remain largely intact.

The period 1876–1907 was a high point in the development of Prospect Avenue, the city’s “Gold Coast,” with large ornate houses built for Milwaukee’s most prominent families. Even the avenue itself is considered historic because it was originally part of the Sauk Trail which followed an Indian footpath paralleling Lake Michigan’s shoreline to Port Washington.

The historic mansion and property were purchased last summer by local developer Mr. Boris Gokhmann. Mr. Gokhmann has expressed his desire to build a multimillion-dollar condominium on the site. This may involve razing the mansion or building on three sides or in back of the mansion obtruding on the bluff, thus preventing the public from viewing the mansion in its entirety. At the back of the Mansion, the bluff slopes down to Milwaukee County’s Oak Leaf Bike Trail. A portion of extensive Milwaukee County park land.

Any intrusion on the building itself, its site, or the views of it are protected in the City of Milwaukee’s historic preservation codes and regulations. Because we are concerned that this protection may be relaxed, we invite you to walk down Prospect Avenue and pause a moment to look around you, to view this beautiful home from Milwaukee’s past, and imagine what it might look like boxed in and overshadowed by high-rise development. Or imagine an even more dire view, a condominium development rising in its stead while another piece of Milwaukee’s history is relegated to fading memories.

We have 100+ members in the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance. We have worked with neighborhood groups on issues of preservation. We will gladly work with you in finding a resolution to the possible harm to this building and its site. There are other parties interested in purchasing the Goll Mansion and preserving it for future generation’s enjoyment.

Some would ask, “What price preservation?” We would ask, “What price to the City and people of Milwaukee in demolishing its historic past?” Our group, Milwaukee Preservation Alliance, as advocates for responsible historic preservation ask that you consider Milwaukee’s own Department of City Development Historic Designation Study which states “the Goll Mansion is a one-of-a kind irreplaceable structure that has been an architectural focal point of its neighborhood for more than a century.”


Milwaukee Preservation Alliance Board

   Virginia Cassell                Kevin Donahue            Andrew Parker 
   Denise Hice                       Paul Demcak               Donna Schlieman 
   Annemarie Sawkins          Geoff Grohowski 

Enclosed is a copy of the Historic Designation Study Report on the Frederick Goll House prepared by the Historic Preservation Dept. of the City of Milwaukee. In addition photographs of some of the mansions that once lined Prospect Ave.

Copied: Rocky Marcoux, City Planner City of Milwaukee: Robert Greenstreet, Dean of UWM School of Architecture: Richard Moe, President National Trust for Historic Preservation: Royce Yeater, Midwest Director National Trust of Historic Preservation: Brian McCormick, Preservation Architect Wisconsin Historical Society: Robert Bauman, Alderman 4th district City of Milwaukee: Scott Walker, County Exec., Milwaukee County: Sue Black, Director of the Parks Department, Milwaukee County: Lynn DeBruin, Chair of Parks, Energy and Environment Committee, Milwaukee County and to the members of the City of Milwaukee’s Historic Preservation Commission.

Mayor Tom Barrett may be contacted:
or Mayor Tom Barrett
City Hall
200 E. Wells St.
Milwaukee WI. 53202

please send a copy of communications to:
or Donna Schlieman
1300 N. Prospect Ave., apt. 423
Milwaukee WI. 53202

Letters Sent to Save the Goll Mansion

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