About HWSNA

The Historic West Side Neighborhood Association (HWSNA) was established in the late 1970s,  primarily to fight a zoning change that would have altered the residential character of the neighborhood. In 1983 the HWSNA convinced the city council to “down zone” the entire area to an “R-3,” single-family zoning classification to stem the increasing conversion of homes into commercial uses and multi-family rental housing. Since that time the HWSNA has been a steady voice of continuity before the city planning commission and city council to maintain the residential character of the area. In addition to our advocacy on zoning issues, the HWSNA maintains a “house history” program and provides plaques that formally recognize notable houses. The organization sponsors an annual tour of homes in the area and spearheads several planting programs. In 2001 the name was officially changed from the West Side Neighborhood Association to the Historic West Side Neighborhood Association. The HWSNA is a non-profit organization. Our motto is “Preserve-Protect.” Our Map Page shows our boundaries.

A vote was taken in December 2005 to annex the area covered by the former North Washington Park Neighborhood Association. That area will now be part of the Historic West Side Neighborhood Association.

Board of Directors

Carrie Becker, President
Kurt DeWeese, Vice-President
Carrie Becker, Secretary
Mike Jackson, Treasurer
Phillip Anderson
Annet Godiksen
John Hollman
Bryan Johnsrud
Darrell Riffey
Sharon Riffey