Kneeland-Walker House Facility Use Guidelines
7406 Hillcrest Drive, Wauwatosa, WI, 53213
Parking for guests is available on surrounding streets. City parking restrictions are strictly enforced. Please note that the Kneeland-Walker House is not wheelchair accessible.
Live and recorded music is allowed, pending approval by the Executive Director. The Kneeland-Walker House is in a residential district; therefore, music must be appropriate and kept at a tolerable level.
Premises will be available for use at 9 am. Indoor and outdoor rentals must conclude by 11 pm.
Set Up and Take Down
Same-day set up and take down of an event is required, unless prior arrangements are made with the Executive Director. Rental company deliveries must also be pre-arranged with the Executive Director. The Wauwatosa Historical Society is not responsible for items left overnight. All truck or van deliveries are to be made from the driveway south of the porte-cochere or from the side drive off 74th Street.
Outdoor events require rental and set up of tables and chairs by the lessee. Indoor event set up will be completed by the K-W House staff, using tables and chairs supplied by WHS. Permanent furnishings of the Society may be rearranged but must not be removed from the first floor. Use of nails, screws, tape, wire, or any other device which could damage the Kneeland-Walker House is not allowed.
Use of the fireplace in the parlor requires an additional fee and prior notice.
Staked tents require specific instructions about installation. Companies providing tents for the lessee must provide proof of insurance. The lessee assumes liability for damage to the Kneeland-Walker property by the tent company, if company hired by the lessee does not hold adequate insurance.
The lessee assumes liability for damage to the Kneeland-Walker property and exhibits by the lessee, guests, or by the lessee’s contractors, if there are musicians, florists, etc., who are hired by the lessee. Such services shall provide the lessee with a certificate of insurance, copies of which shall be given by lessee to the Executive Director. In addition, the lessee agrees to hold the Wauwatosa Historical Society and the Kneeland-Walker House harmless for any liability to third parties resulting from the negligent actions or omissions of the lessee in the course of the event described herein.
Deposit and Fee Payment
The contract must be signed and returned to the address above, along with security deposit, in order to hold the date and time requested. Full payment is due no less than eight weeks prior to the event. Security deposit will be refunded after your event, should no damage to the property or breach of contract occur. A 100% refund of money paid will be issued for cancellations more than eight weeks prior to the scheduled date. A 75% refund will be issued if cancellation occurs within three to eight weeks prior to the event. No refund will be issued if cancellation occurs fewer than three weeks prior to the event.
Smoking and Firearms Prohibited
All areas, including Kneeland-Walker House, Coach House, shed, porches and 1.5 acre grounds are smoke-free. Candles are not permitted in the House. Firearms are not allowed on the premises.
Minors must be supervised by a designated adult from the lessee’s party, both in terms of enforcing the laws of the state of Wisconsin, and to ensure that behavior is respectful toward the facility. Minors and supervisors not complying with this policy will be asked to leave. It is the responsibility of the lessee to enforce this policy and action.
Pets must be supervised on the property. Pet waste must be properly disposed of.
Food and Drink
Alcohol is permitted. The kitchen is available for caterer use, but cooking on the premises is not allowed. All food, drinks, linen, tableware and trash bags are to be supplied by the lessee or their contracted personnel. All garbage is to be removed from the premise. (See Caterer’s Guidelines for more details.)
Use of Caterer
Caterers must be approved through the Executive Director. Please instruct the caterer to contact the Executive Director at least three weeks prior to the event for proof of insurance, signing the agreement, and final arrangements. If a caterer is not used, the above becomes the responsibility of the lessee.
See Executive Director if using non-disposable tableware (china place settings).
The Wauwatosa Historical Society reserves the right to waive or modify the stated policies. Please return signed contract, and a check to cover deposit and other fees, to:
Wauwatosa Historical Society
7406 Hillcrest Drive
Wauwatosa, WI 53213