As you pass the Stahl-Conrad Homestead at 9724 W. Forest Home Ave., Hales Corners, on Monday, July 12, be sure to look up--all the way to the peak of the roof--to see the chimney being restored to a condition and appearance from approximately the 1920s.
A snapshot from almost a century ago shows the chimney with a decorative facing called corbeling. With this picture in hand, the Homestead requested the Historic Preservation Commission to approve restoration of the chimney. Approval was granted.
Now comes the best part of the story: When Andy Sciano, foreman for Chimney Doctors, came to the Homestead to assess the work to be done, he explained that he knows the property well, having walked across it as a boy on his way to school at Valley View.
Sciano talked with William Hussel, the owner of Chimney Doctors, who decided to donate the labor of constructing the chimney. Then came the decision of an anonymous donor to cover the $1,000 cost of materials.
Counting the value of materials and labor, the Homestead will receive a chimney valued at $3,870 at no cost.