Heritage Alliance Mission

Pierce Downer's Heritage Alliance is dedicated to preserving the natural and cultural heritage of Downers Grove. In the past, we have maintained sharp focus on the natural heritage within our community. Pierce Downer's Heritage Alliance has been instrumental in the preservation and protection of Lyman Woods, and Belmont Prairie, which continue as on-going projects.

We are now also committed to the preservation of  cultural aspects of Downers Grove, including its rich architectural heritage. We work to accomplish our mission through education as well as community outreach.

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Historic Preservation Activities

An ammended Historic Preservation Ordinance and its implementation were unanimously approved by the Downers Grove Village Council on December 15, 2015.  The following new business items were considered by the Village's Architectural Design Review Board at its first meeting of the year on Wednesday, January 20, 2016:
a. Review Historic Preservation Ordinance
b. Update on Implementation Strategies
c. Review New Historic Landmark and Historic District Applications
d. CLG Grant Application

Please click here for background information about updating Downers Grove's Historic Preservation and Zoning Ordinances.

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PDHA 2015 Annual Meeting
"Promoting Preservation:
Successful Strategies in Geneva, IL"

Our 2015 Annual Meeting featured Michael A. Lambert, Preservation Planner for the City of Geneva, IL, telling us how Geneva has successfully promoted historic preservation. We were not, unfortunately, able to record Michael's talk and the subsequent, spirited dialog.   You can, however, click here to view the informative slides that Michael used in his  presentation.
 Lambert Geneva History Slide

Geneva has a rich cultural heritage and an extensive historic legacy. The City’s historic resources include hundreds of historic sites and buildings identified through surveys conducted over the past quarter century. Among its resources are formally designated historic properties both on the local Geneva Register of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic Places.  Geneva has focused on the significance of its historic resources as the unifying theme for commercial viability and renewal of its downtown area.

In addition to being Geneva's Preservation Planner, Michael is Founding Principal of ARRIS Architects + Planners, Plainfield.  He has served on the Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council and was on the Plainfield Village Board from 1991 to 1996.  Michael was also Founding Chair for Historic Preservation Commissions of both Will County and the Village of Plainfield.

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The W. H. Edwards House Is Gone.

The Edwards House was demolished on Saturday, June 6th.

    Down with the old

"After much effort and so much community support, it is a sad and frustrating outcome," Ken Lerner, PDHA Chairman, commented. "We thank the Tillotson/Wast family for their valiant efforts at saving the house. Their message on the PDHA website mentions some of the many people who were involved in the effort to save the house over the last year. Tom Nybo in particular was a consistent spark and driving force, while Mike Behm contributed vital business planning expertise."  Click here to read the rest of Ken Lerner's message.

Edwards House

W. H. Edwards House As It Used to Look

Can you find this house in Downers Grove and why is it important?
(Click the image for the answer)


Village Council Meeting
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Click Here for Meeting Agenda
7:00 PM, Council Chamber

Village Hall
801 Burlington Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515

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PDHA  Meeting
Thursday, March 3, 2016
7:00 PM, Room 307
Lincoln Center
935 Maple Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515

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Please consider a charitable donation
to support educational activities of
Pierce Downer's Heritage Alliance.

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  2014 Annual Meeting

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Click here to learn about beekeeping in Lyman Woods.

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The 1846 Blodgett House

An opportunity exists to restore the 1846 Blodgett House one of the Village's oldest houses reflecting our rich cultural heritage. PDHA supports such efforts to preserve valuable historic resources for future generations.
Click here to learn about the 1846 Blodgett House project.

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Click here to learn more about other local historic preservation activities in Downers Grove.

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Downers Grove Township Monthly Electronics Recycling
Information about current the Downers Grove village recycling services can be found on the Village's garbage and recycling page.

Last updated 2/4/2016