Bay View is a neighborhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The community was developed as an independent suburb of the city and incorporated in 1895. Today Bay View has retained its own unique identity while closely linked to the greater urban area through commerce and culture; it’s also become home to many people who work downtown yet want access to more spacious living arrangements.
The neighborhood occupies land that was once a hunting and fishing area of the Menominee tribe. In 1834, European immigrants began to settle in this region as part of the community known as South Milwaukee or “Milwaukee’s south side.” Bay View had become an independent village by 1850; at that time it consisted mainly of German farmers who worked nearby farms.
In 1895, several local businessmen established The Village of Bay View Association which took control over development for residential purposes; they hired landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead to lay out plans with curving roads throughout the community which remains today. Early residents enjoyed leisure activities on gently sloping hills overlooking Lake Michigan such as baseball games, dances Hinkle’s Pavilion (an iconic building still standing today) and other activities that would become traditions in Bay View.
David V. Johnson, a developer of the Old Village area near Saint Francis Seminary during this time purchased large tracts of land on Kinnickinnic Avenue; he also built many Victorian-style homes around his properties including some designed by renowned architect Alexander Eschweiler. With these new developments, interest for living in Bay View increased among those who were not involved with agriculture or farm related trades which boosted commerce as well; most businesses developed along Lincoln Avenue (now called Howell Ave). The streetcar system made it possible to commute downtown quickly while at the same time becoming home owners simultaneously within just one generation of their arrival from overseas .
Bay View has retained its own unique identity while closely linked to the greater urban area through commerce and culture; it’s also become home to many people who work downtown yet want access to more spacious living arrangements.
Additionally, Bay View offers a significant amount of historic architecture and landmarks throughout; it’s also home to the popular Humboldt Park, which is well known for walkers, joggers, bikers (including an extensive biking path) as well as nature lovers.
Today, Bay View is a thriving neighborhood with an eclectic mix of housing and businesses. It has also become home to many artists who moved here for the cheap rent and large studio space; these creative individuals have opened up shops and galleries like Soho Gallery which exhibits works by local Milwaukee artists. Further development along Kinnickinnic Avenue in recent years has brought new life into this area where it’s now possible to find upscale restaurants, bars as well as independent stores that sell everything from antiques to designer clothing.
The community remains closely linked to its German roots through festivals such as Maifest (which was first held in 1875), Summerfest at Henry Maier Festival Park, Oktoberfest on Lincoln Ave (now called Howell Ave) and other events that commemorate the German heritage of Bay View.