Grove Landmarked House Tour
Landmarking Your Historic Property
Friends of The
Edwards House is sponsoring a tour of landmarked houses in
Downers Grove on September 23rd from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. This event is
second annual tour. Last year’s tour received wonderful reviews
from the people who participated.
$10.00 per person and can be purchased by visiting the Landmarked House Tour website that also gives
detailed information about the four featured houses.
The houses to be
year are pictured above:
1232 Gilbert Avenue (The Melchor
Gjerde House) is a Folk Victorian style house built circa 1891.
701 Maple Avenue (The Herring House)
is a Queen Anne style house
built circa 1895.
4540 Highland Avenue (The Venard
House) is an American Foursquare built circa 1914.
4709 Linscott Avenue (The Lottie
McDougall House) is a Folk Victorian built circa 1894.
Learn about landmarking your historic property on Tuesday, September 26
from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Emmett's Brewing Company, 5200 Main Street,
Downers Grove. Please click here for
detailed information about this free program that is sponsored by
Friends of The Edwards House, as well as to register to attend it.
Friends Of The
Foundation Preservation Award
Lerner, PDHA Chair, recently received a letter from Bonnie McDonald,
Landmarks Illinois, informing us that Friends Of The Edwards House
(FOEH) has been chosen to receive the 2017 Richard H. Driehaus
Foundation Preservation Award for Project of the Year for
Advocacy. This is a significant honor for the group, as well as for the
Village of Downers Grove.
President McDonald's letter states, in part, "Our annual awards program
honors innovative preservation projects, dedicated organizations, and
uplifting success stories from across the state. Congratulations for
standing out as a strong nomination in what was a very competitive pool
of nominees. ... Landmarks Illinois wishes to thank you for
demonstrating a commitment and for helping to protect architectural
resources in Illinois."
behalf of the group Rich Kulovany, FOEH Chair, said, "In addition to
there are many people to thank, but I would like to start by thanking
Ken for nominating us (two years in a row) and Mayor Martin Tully,
State Representative David Olsen and Architect Douglas Gilbert for
writing endorsements. Most importantly, the accomplishments we have
achieved in this short time could not have been possible without the
leadership and wonderful cooperation from the Village of Downers Grove."
The DuPage Monarch
is a group of local organizations working together to provide education
about monarchs and increase the amount of suitable monarch habitat
throughout DuPage County. DuPage Monarch Project is asking mayors and
village boards to formally resolve to make their communities more
& Wally Brown
organizations and individuals joined forces to honor
Betty M. Cheever and Wallace H. (Wally) Brown with tribute benches in
Lyman Woods Preserve. A celebration of Betty Cheever's and Wally
Brown's community leadership took place on Sunday, May 21, 2017
at the Lyman Woods Interpretative Center. Pierce Downer's
Heritage Alliance was joined by the Grove
Foundation for Recreation, The Conservation Foundation, the League of
Women Voters of Downers Grove, Woodridge, & Lisle, and the Downers
Grove Downtown Management Corporation, together with some dozen
individuals, in supporting these tribute benches to honor the public
service of Wally Brown and Betty Cheever.
The Lyman Woods
Preserve owes much to the leadership of these two outstanding
individuals. Mayor Cheever championed the 1982 tripartite purchase of
Lyman Woods from George Williams College by the Village of Downers
Grove, the Downers Grove Park District and the Forest Preserve District
of DuPage County. In 1996, Commissioner Brown led the campaign for
additional Forest Preserve District funds to supplement
referendum-voter-approved Park District bond funding for purchase of
wooded site at the south-east corner of Highland Avenue and 31st
Street. Wally Brown also played a key role in achieving a million
Illinois State grant for the Lyman Woods Interpretive Center. Both
Betty and Wally have held many public service positions in our
community over the years.
here to see pictures and learn more about the benches that honor
and Wally Brown.
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Historic Preservation Activities
Village's historic preservation program was revised in 2015, contributing
to an increased interest in landmarking homes and other historic structures.
The Village Council
approved landmark status for The Frank Rodgers
House, 5325 Fairmount Avenue on June 13th. Please
click here to read the information about this bungalow home
in 1926, now owned by Lawrence and Gloria Gassen.
The Village Council unanimously approved landmark status for The McDougall
House, 4709 Linscott Avenue, on May
click here to read the information provided by the current owner, Mary
Lou Lockerby, about the historic significance of her home, constructed
Council unanimously approved landmark status for two buildings on March
21st. Recognition of The Chilvers-Winter House, 4849 Middaugh Avenue, had been proposed by its owners Patrick &
Fairview Train Station, which is owned by the
Village, was also designated as a local historic landmark on March 21st.
The Village Council unanimously approved landmark status for The Pierce Downer
House on February 14th. Please
click here to read the information provided by the current owners,
and Judith Frigo, about the historic significance of their home, which
dates from the 1840's.
here for a complete listing of the 16 buildings that have been granted
local landmark status in Downers Grove.
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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.
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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Can you find this
in Downers Grove and why is it important?
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Last updated 9/12/2017
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September 19, 2017
pm, Council Chamber
801 Burlington Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515
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Thursday September 28, 2017
7:00 pm, Room 307,
935 Maple Avenue,
Downers Grove, IL 60515
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Click here to read
2017 Spring Newsletter
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