Proposed Condominium Redevelopment at
936 & 942 Maple Avenue, Downers Grove, Illinois
Click Here to Sign Petition
Opposing This Special Use Permit

936 & 942 Maple Ave. CondominiumsThe Special Use Permit for redevelopment of the properties at 936 & 942 Maple Avenue in Downers Grove is now to be considered by the Village Council at 7:00 PM Tuesday, November 18th. Click here for background information about this Village Council Agenda Item 9 A ORD00-05753_MAPLE. Although many residents and several experts testified in opposition to the proposed redevelopment of the Edwards House property at the November 3rd Plan Commission meeting, the Commission recommended approval of the Special Use Permit for this projectClick here to read Ken Lerner's comments to the Village Council on behalf of PDHA opposing this Special Use Permit.

W. H. Edwards House
Now Located at 942 Maple Avenue 

Edwards House

The W. H. Edwards House at 942 Maple, Downers Grove, pictured above, is in danger of extinction. The property is being offered and tentatively has been sold for purposes of redevelopment. See the well-written articles in Suburban Life: June 26, September 9, October 2 & October 29 and in the Chicago Tribune: July 11 September 5 & November 4 for details.

Pierce Downer's Heritage Alliance is hoping any redevelopment plan will include preservation and reuse of this historic home. Click here to read community opinoins about the Edwards HouseHere is a link to the "Help save 942 Maple in Downers Grove" Facebook page.   Meetings to discuss a proposed Maple Avenue Historic District were held in Lincoln Center on Tuesday, Sepember 30 & Wednesday, October 8. 

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2014 PDHA Annual Public Meeting
Researching The History Of Your Home & Project Quercus

Our 20Sarah Stasukewicz14 Annual Public Meeting featured two speakers: Sarah Stasukewicz, Downers Grove Museum Curator, and Lisa Haderlein, Executive Director of the Land Conservancy of McHenry County.  The public was invited to hear their presentations Thursday, October 23, 7:00 PM in Room L 10 of the Recreation Center, 4500 Belmont Road, Downers Grove.  Refreshments were served.

Sarah told us about the Downers Grove Museum and how to research the history of your home.  She graduated from North Central College and earned her Masters in History from DePaul.  Sarah worked for 3 years at the Naper Settlement.
Lisa Haderlein

told us about Project Quercus, a diverse coalition that brings together public and private, government, corporate and non-profit interests, working collaboratively to create solutions to the problem of oak woodland loss. Lisa has been the Executive Director of the Land Conservancy of McHenry County since 2002. Prior to working at the Land Conservancy, she was the Northern Illinois Area Director for the Nature Conservancy. She has a Master of Science degree in Natural Resource Planning from the University of Vermont.

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



  PDHA  Meeting
Thursday, December 4, 2014
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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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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Monthly Electronics Recycling Suspended In Downers Grove 
The Village of Downers Grove will no longer offer monthly electronics recycling because
DuPage County ended its contract for electronics recycling at local municipal locations.  The County's vendor, Creative Recycling, terminated its contract in July.

More information about current recycling services can be found on the Village's garbage and recycling page.

Last updated 11/16/2014