The Fire Engine House
Our building has a rich history that is deeply intertwined with our community's past.
Constructed in 1928, this 1-story Fire Engine House was built in the Mediterranean Revival style by John Topzant of Milwaukee. It was constructed on the same site as its wooden predecessor, which it replaced. The designer decided to give the building an elegant look by cladding its walls in brick and installing a tile roof. One of the most notable aspects of the building is the drying tower that Topzant designed on the west elevation, which resembles a campanile-like tower.
Beginning the update process
In place of the former bay doors that housed 3 vehicles, two arch windows were installed. The lower level, which held an additional 3 vehicles, was updated to feature a walk-through door and windows.
Adapting to meet the needs of the community
In 1975, a larger firehouse was constructed just across Wisconsin Street, leaving the original building to be repurposed as a community center for senior citizens.
A unique space for local artisans
The building underwent another transformation in 2012 and became the Blue Heron art gallery. Local artisans came together to showcase their handmade creations, which included ceramics, wood products, clothing, jewelry, and photography.
The Inception and Relocation of Lake Financial Group
Lake Financial Group began its operations in 2013, with offices situated in the Boerner Building located on Franklin Street in downtown Port Washington. In June 2019, we moved a few blocks north to the historic Fire Engine House. Renovations were immediately underway, and our new location was fully operational on September 1, 2019.