Landmarked Buildings In Downers Grove

The Village's historic preservation program was revised in 2015, contributingCustom Bungalow to an increased interest in landmarking homes and other structures. Since then twenty buildings have been granted local landmark status in Downers Grove – nine structures in 2016, another nine in 2017 and two more thus far this year.

The Village Council approved unanimously landmark status for the Engstrom House at 1323 Maple Avenue on May 15, 2018 at the request of David and Carol MillerPlease click here to learn about this Custom Bungalow home that was built circa 1924.
Gorman-Dum House
The Village Council unanimously approved landmark status for the Gorman-Dum House, 1205 Franklin Street on March 13, 2018 at the request of Kenneth and Kay Hammer. Please click here to learn about this Queen Anne home tCameron Househat was built circa 1895.

The Village Council approved
unanimously landmark status for the Cameron House, 4632 Main Street on December 12, 2017 at the request of Brian & Karen BeechlerPlease click here to learn about this Craftman Bungalow home that was built circa 1922.
Century of Progress House
Also on December 12th the Village Council approved unanimously landmark status for the Century of Progress House built in 1936 at 1324 Maple Avenue. Please click here to read information provided by David & Joan Kresl about their Georgian style home.
Daily-Black House
The Village Council unanimously approved landmark status for the Daily-Black House, 735 Maple Avenue on November 14th at the request of Mrs. Nora BlackPlease click here to learn about this Queen Anne style home that was built in 1892.

Earl H House
The Village Council approved unanimously landmark status on October 3rd for the house Earl H. Prince built in 1893 at 4714 Oakwood Avenue. Please click here to read information provided by John and Ruth Wander about their Queen Anne home that is now known as the Princeholm House.

  Frank Rodgers House
The Village Council  voted unanimously on June 13th to  grant landmark status to The Frank Rodgers House, 5325 Fairmount Avenue. Please click here to learn about this bungalow home that was constructed in 1926 and is now owned by Lawrence and Gloria Gassen.


4709 Linscott Avenue McDougall House
The Village Council unanimously approved landmark status for The McDougall House, 4709 Linscott Avenue, on May 16th this year. Please click here to read the information provided by the current owner, Mary Lou Lockerby, about the historic significance of her home, constructed in 1894.
Chilvers-Winter House


The Village Council unanimously approved landmark status for two buildings on March 21st. Recognition of The Chilvers-Winter House, 4849 Middaugh Avenue, had been proposed by Fairview Train Stationits owners Patrick & Chris Sexton

Fairview Train Station, which is owned by the Village, was also designated as a local
historic landmark that evening.


The Village Co
uncil unanimously approved landma4437 Seeley Avenue Pierce Downer Houserk status for The Pierce Downer House on February 14, 2017. Please click here to read the information provided by the current owners, Arthur and Judith Frigo, about the historic significance of their home, which dates from the 1840's.

On November 15, 2016, the Village Council granted landmark status to two other historic homes. 
J. J. Cole House
James and Maren Huber landmarked The J. J. Cole House, 710 Maple Avenue. 4540 Highland Avenue Venard House

Joh
n and Patricia Orwin landmarked The Venard House, 4540 Highland Avenue, exemplifying the American Foursquare style.


Local architects Amy and
Dave Gassen discussed The History & Significance of the American Foursquare on September 26, 2016. Now you can read Amy and Dave's article about our local American Foursquare homes on  page 2 of PDHA's 2016 Fall Newsletter.
Foote House
On August 16, 2016 the Village Council unanimously approved landmark status for two historic homes. Fred and Cindy Zaeske have named their landmarked home at 1130 Franklin SKruger Housetreet, The Foote House.

Chris & Patricia Patterson
named their home at 4502 Prince Street, The Kruger House. 

On June 14, 2016
the Village
Council unanimously approved landmark status for three historic buildings.
Herring House
Bo and Christine Martin have named their landmarked home at 701 Maple Avenue, The Herring House.
Foster House
Charlotte and Byron Holtzen named their landmarked home at 5226 Carpenter Street, The Alexander & Nancy Foster House.

"The Village takes seriously its commitment to historic preservation,"  Mayor Martin Tully stated before a unanimous vote granting landmark status to the Village owned MainMain Street Station Street Train Station 5001 Main Street.

A resolutGjerde Houseion granting historic landmark status for The Gjerde House, home of Irene Hogstrom and Mark Bragen, at 1232 Gilbert Avenue was unanimously approved by the Village Council May 17, 2016.
   
On February 17, 2016 the ADRB had recommended landmark status for the 92-year-old Ehr House, home of Amy and David Gassen.  The Village Council considered Gassens' petition for landmark status on March 8th. You can click here to watch the discussion of this item, which started at 29 minutes into the meeting and continued for 24 minutes.  The resolution granting historic landmark status for the GasEhr Housesen's home at 5320 Benton Avenue was unanimously approved at the Council's March 22nd meeting.  The house is a prime example of the American Foursquare design, which style is well represented in Downers Grove.  More photos of the Gassen's home can be found here.
 
Several years earlier, in April 2009, Lea C. Wayne had successfully
Bunge Houseachieved landmark status for his home, The Bunge House, at 4943 Highland Avenue

The DrewDrew Home family home at 5256 Carpenter Street became the first building in Downers Grove to be granted landmark status
In October 2008 at the request of Mildred Drew .

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