4502 Prince Street

The two-story house with an english basement is a Queen Anne which was originally constructed in 1896, with a rear addition in the 1980s. The original barn on the property exists even today and has been converted into a garage, as stated by the petitioner in the...

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4540 Highland Avenue

The two-story American Foursquare house with a basement was most likely constructed in 1914, based on the information provided by the petitioner. The American Foursquare style house is aptly named after its cubic shape and division of living space into quarters and is...

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710 Maple Avenue

Jordan James Cole (1833-1901) purchased land from the Curtiss family in the Carpenter Subdivision and completed the construction of the family residence circa 1856. J.J. Cole was a captain of the semi-regular military organization called the Downers Grove Plow Boys...

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1130 Franklin Street

The two-story Queen Anne house with a basement was completed in 1892 in the prime of the Victorian Era. The primary defining feature of the American Queen Anne style is the use of varied wall plain and forms using towers and bays; flat and plain expanses are varied....

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5226 Carpenter Street

The two-story house with a basement is a Tri-Gable Ell which was originally constructed in 1869, with major additions in 1883, as evidenced by research performed by the petitioner and stated in the attached narrative. The Gabled-Ell is best described by its basic form...

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Main Street Train Station

The station represents a fusion of styles and is a notable local landmark due to its function and association with historical events. Construction of the original train station began during the civil war and was completed in 1864 to take advantage of the railroad line...

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4943 Highland Avenue

The house is a good example of Victorian architecture and was home to Mr. Gustav H. Bunge, the developer and original owner of the Tivoli Theater and Hotel. The three-story Victorian house with a basement was the Bunge family home and was originally located at the...

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5256 Carpenter Street

The house at 5256 Carpenter Street was home to Mr. Donald Drew, a founding father of the Downers Grove Oratorio Society, now known as the Downers Grove Choral Society . Mr. Drew and his sister Mildred Drew resided at 5256 Carpenter Street during their childhoods and...

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1232 Gilbert Avenue

Our home is located on property that once belonged to Norman Gilbert. Mr. Gilbert was one of the early deacons of the Downers Grove First Baptist Church. According to a document from the Downers Grove Historical Society, “Norman Gilbert (estate of) has for sale some...

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5320 Benton Avenue

Although we have obtained virtually all the deeds from the DuPage County Recorder's Office, we have not yet been able to determine the original owner of our home or the date that our home was constructed. From a 1927 Downers Grove Phone Directory we know that a family...

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701 Maple Avenue

The summer of 2013, we purchased 701 Maple Avenue. To me, the house was an architectural gem, to be cliché, a diamond in the rough.  It was rich with history, and commanded respect as it had watched the world move past its doors for 125 years. To a lot of people the...

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Your Historic Home Here!

We would love to hear about your historic Downers Grove home! If you know the history of your home, we would love to hear about previous occupants. The Downers Grove Museum is a great place to start researching your home if you are interested in the history....

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