Real Estate Perspectives
April 04, 2024 | Suzanne Powers

What's in an Original Blueprint...Value!

Your North Shore Milwaukee Home is worth more when you have the original blue prints. Often overlooked, this is one of the most sought after inclusions buyers want in Milwaukee’s Historical Homes.
What's in an Orginal Blueprint...Value!

What's in an Orginal Blueprint...Value!


As Milwaukee's premier real estate broker specializing in historical homes within the North Shore area, it's crucial to understand the significant value that original blueprints bring to these properties.

Original blueprints aren't just mere documents; they are rare treasures that can greatly enhance the value of your historical home. In neighborhoods like Shorewood and Whitefish Bay, where the preservation of historical architecture is paramount, the scarcity of original blueprints adds an extra layer of exclusivity and importance to these homes.

It's important to note that obtaining original blueprints can be a challenging task. Due to unfortunate events like the fire at Shorewood's Village Hall in the 1950s, many original documents, including blueprints, were lost. Consequently, homeowners who possess these blueprints often inherit them through generations or acquire them from previous owners.

The intrinsic value of original blueprints lies in their role in preserving the architectural heritage of these homes. They serve as a testament to the craftsmanship of renowned architects such as Charles Valentine, Perce Schley, and Russell Barr Williamson, who have left an indelible mark on the Midwest's architectural landscape.

One of the dilemmas faced by buyers and sellers alike is whether to keep the blueprints with the home or take them upon sale. While many homeowners feel a sentimental attachment to their blueprints and prefer to leave them with the property, it's not uncommon for sellers to request to retain them.

However, this practice can inadvertently deprive future buyers of crucial historical documentation, thereby diminishing the overall value of the home. That's why it's imperative for buyers to conduct thorough research on these properties and work with experienced realtors who understand the nuances of historical home transactions.

As Milwaukee's top real estate broker, I'm committed to helping buyers navigate the complexities of purchasing historical homes, including ensuring that they have access to all relevant documentation, such as original blueprints. By preserving these valuable artifacts, we not only uphold the legacy of our architectural heritage but also enhance the desirability and value of these unique properties for generations to come.


If you are a buyer today buying a historical home in Milwaukee's North Shore make sure to request that the original blueprints are included in the sale of your historical 1920's North Shore Milwaukee residence!

Experience a seamless home selling and buying process with Powers Realty, Milwaukee’s trusted local experts for over 2 decades. Our tailored approach ensures optimal results. Contact me today to discuss your home needs.

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