River Hills


This is the first book to recount the remarkable history of River Hills, Wisconsin. Remarkable, partly, because of the bold experiment which created country living on the flank of a major city and for the tenacity of its residents who have managed to preserve their idyllic setting for over seven decades. In 1930 the Village made the daring decision to impose a 5-acre minimum restriction on all properties and to outlaw commercial development forever. The nature-loving residents went a step further to safeguard their dream of country living: they backed a policy wherein their streets would have no sidewalks, or curbs, or street lights or even lane lines painted on the pavement. Until now the fine architecture of the village has gone largely unappreciated because of the heavily wooded landscape and the substantial setbacks at the end of long driveways.