History of Copernicus Park

Copernicus Park is one far south side neighborhood among many that makeup today’s Garden District. The borders of the Yard District are those of the 13th Aldermanic Area. All Garden Area neighborhoods were when part of the Town of Lake, with boundaries of Lake Michigan to South 27th Road and Greenfield to College Avenues. By the mid-1950s, the City of Milwaukee had linked the areas that today incorporates the Yard Area. Many of the far south side areas that comprise today’s Garden Area owe a financial debt to the desire for a local Norwegian called John Saveland. Saveland owned a booming business on Water Street that provided provisions for fishing boats, steamships, and schooners that sailed from Milwaukee. And he also had an interest in real estate. In 1887 Saveland organized a group of investors that purchased 30 acres of land bordered by today’s Bradley, Howard, Whitnall, and Howell. The group hoped to attract upper-middle-class home buyers to their project—people who would work in the city and retire to their county estates at the end of the workday. But despite a convenient Milwaukee streetcar with stops along Howell Avenue, few lots were sold in the early days. Saveland ultimately turned some of the lands into a recreational venture, with an amusement hall and grounds. It wasn’t until the time of Saveland’s death in 1909 that the area was finally beginning to attract settlers. These were not the upper-middle-class professionals that Saveland had expected, but southside working-class people—mostly Poles.

Housing was reaching the far south side in the early 20th century, but it wasn’t until the end of World War Two that the housing market really began to boom. Newly arriving settlers were migrating from Near South Side and Historic South Side neighborhoods—mostly Poles, some Germans, and later in the century, Latinos. The Copernicus Park area was relatively slow in this development trend. By 1955 the neighborhood had only a trickle of through streets and just over 50 residences. Most of the settlers were Polish and German, with a scattering of Russians, Jews, Slovaks, English, and Austrians.

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