the village of elm grove

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The Village of Elm Grove is small, spanning only 36-square-miles; however, what most of its visitors don’t know is that it’s been around since the mid-1830’s.  Early settlers were first drawn to this land because of its fertile agricultural area, but by 1848, the year Wisconsin gained its’ statehood, additional people also decided to make their mark on Elm Grove.  Workers began to lay more than 650,000 white oak timbers and planks to make travel easier between Milwaukee and Watertown.  That is how the main street within Elm Grove got its name, Watertown Plank Road.  “By 1856, the railroad, later to be know as the Milwaukee Road, laid a track line which interested the plank road, thus giving the rise to even greater community development.”


Today, the residents of Elm Grove take pride in their small-town community.  The village is full of tree-lined streets, well-maintained yards hosting a sanctuary for wildlife, vintage buildings and business owners who treat their customers like “family”.  Some recent businesses added to the city are ones like Zisters – A contemporary brunch restaurant located on Watertown Plank Rd. serving unique food options including tapas, gluten-free and vegan selections.  Others that are new to the area include Kettle Range Meat Company LLC – A full-service butcher shop and meat processing facility opening this summer on Watertown Plank Rd. which will sell retail items such as ready-made meals, cheese, and charcuterie and Shred 415 – A fitness studio on Bluemound Rd. that offers classes combining both cardio and strength training in four, 15-minute intervals.

The growth of this old-world charmed village makes its residents and business owners proud.  As it continues to grow, it continues to build a community, a community that we at Allume Architects are proud to be a part of.

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