Remember When?

The Havenwoods community has a long history rich in theater, unique sports venues and traditions of agriculture.  If you have old photos and memories to share from  the neighborhood please send to


MelodyTop-DomeBannersOpening in 1963 and going dark in 1986, The Melody Top Theater was Milwaukee’s premiere Summer Stock Theater in the round venue.  It hosted classic stars like Van Johnson, Chita Rivera and Lucie Arnaz to name a few.  To learn more about the history of The Melody Top you can visit: Memories of Melody Top.




broadway babyIn 1990, Broadway Baby Dinner Theatre turned on their lights to present an intimate theater experience on Milwaukee’s far northwest side.  Located at 5132 West Mill Road, this cozy dinner theater housed 80 seats.  Broadway Baby closed its doors in 2010, but is currently available for purchase and renovation. HEDC is entertaining any proposals to revive this theater.  Contact Stephanie Harling for details: 414-431-2274,




Remember when N.  64th St. & Mill Road was all farmland?  Pictured here is the John Schmidt farm.  Today CINTAS Company is located on this site.





polo clubThe Milwaukee Polo Club was started more than 50 years ago by Bob Uihlein on W. Good Hope Road. Since then the Milwaukee Polo Club has relocated to the Town of Merton.  Today Brady Corporation is located on this site.







House of Correction: Disciplinary Barracks complex in 1963. Credit: Havenwoods State Forest; Handout for use with John Gurda column
photo courtesy of JS Online John Gurda article

The Havenwoods State Forest was Milwaukee County’s House of Correction Disciplinary Barracks complex is shown in 1963. The House of Correction opened on the site in 1917.  For more information on the history of this forest click here.