|In addition to our
natural heritage, Downers Grove enjoys an immense cultural heritage,
with widely varied neighborhoods, historic buildings and sites. Prince
Pond as well as the historic Prince subdivision harkens back to
an earlier period of Downers Grove. The downtown business
district reflects small town life with modern amenities.
Historic Preservation in Downers Grove:
The Village Council adopted a new Historic Preservation Ordinance
on December 15, 2015. The new ordinance was the result of extensive
community participation at both the Architectural Design Review Board
(ADRB) / Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Historic Preservation meetings and
Village Council meetings. More information is available on the Historic Preservation page of the Village website.
What can we learn from the fate of the Edwards House?
In June 2016 after
a seven month struggle, the historic and picturesque Edwards House on
Maple Avenue was demolished to make way for a five story, 55 unit
condominium building. Please click here to read a detailed account of how this loss of a significant historic home evolved.
Is your home a Historic Landmark?
State of Illinois surveyed buildings in the Village in the early 1970s.
The Village has reviewed the survey and mapped the buildings that were
identified by the State. Many of the buildings have retained their
historic character and significance. Check out the Village’s Interactive Maps to
see if your home is a potential Landmark.
How do I make my property a Historic Landmark?
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