Historic Beauty

Winner of the 2008 Wilmette Historic Preservation Award

This grand, neoclassical home, built circa 1875, was one of the first residences constructed in Wilmette and the oldest surviving home in the neighborhood. We were lucky enough to become custodians of its renovation and the construction of a much needed addition.

We researched information on the original home using resources at the Wilmette Historical Society. From old plans and pictures – we were able to find the story in the remaining pieces and parts to plan a restoration that would respect the vision of the original homebuilders.

We were mindful of the Greek revival details when we added dormer windows at the roof line and commissioned hand-carved ionic-style capitols to top the failing exterior columns. Though now supported by the modern conveniences of radiant heat and a top-of-the-line furnace, original features like a fireplace in a second floor bedroom also continue to convey the charm of the 1800s.

Our historic preservation included renovation to most of the interior, a two-story addition to the north side, and rebuilding of the exterior entertainment porch on the south side of the house. The family gained a mudroom, additional basement space, a family room, a master bedroom and master bath and the first fire pit in Wilmette. A stunning former ballroom with 16 foot ceilings on the third floor now houses a full size basketball hoop!

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Historic photo of the home circa 1942.

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From the Homeowner

"We feel like this was an important effort for the next generation. Winning an historic preservation award was a great additional outcome."

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