Planning Improved Village Facilities

The Village Council is currently considering various options for Ken Lernerimproved village facilities.  The discussion of these options at the council meeting March 10th included a good deal of public comment.  Chair Ken Lerner spoke then on behalf of Pierce Downer's Heritage Alliance. 

Ken stressed t
he importance of taking the long view, saying, "So if we’re going to build a building, let’s do it right, and build it in a way that will enable us to use it for a long time. That includes (a) allowing for future growth, and (b) making those investments in sustainability that will pay off over the long run in areas such as energy savings or stormwater management." Please click here for more information about options under consideration and to read Ken's statement in full.
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Save the Date Saturday, May 2nd
Lyman Woods WildflLyman Woods Visitorsowers

PDHA's spring wildflower walk is now planned for Saturday, May 2nd. Naturalist Lance Herning plans to lead a group departing at 9:00 AM. The group will be limited to about 18 walkers, who should plan to walk about 2 hours. Look for specific information on signing up for this year's walk some time in April.

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1846 Blodgett House

Public tours inside the 1846 Blodgett House started on Saturday, December 14, during last year’s Merry and Bright celebration at the Downers Grove Museum, 831 Maple Avenue.

1846 Blodgget House
Thanks to community-wide support the 1846 Blodgett House has come a long way during the past decade, well beyond its initial journey from Randall Street onto the Park District’s Museum Campus. Substantial progress toward completion of the building’s interior has been achieved this year as a result of two major grants. The house now looks really great as described on the Park District's website!

Come to look around inside the 1846 Blodgett House before long. Regular monthly tours have now been suspended for the time being.  The next Saturday afternoon tour is scheduled on June 27th. Attendance is quite limited so please sign up for your tour in advance on the Park District's registration page.

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Historic Preservation Activities

The Village's historic preservation program was revised in 2015, contributing to an increased interest in landmarking homes and other structures. Since then twenty-six historic features have been granted local landmark status in Downers Grove – nine structures in 2016, another nine in 2017, four more in 2018 and four historic features in 2019.

The Village Council unanimously approv
ed la5329 Meadow Lanendmark status on December 10, 2019 for the John and Doris Mochel House, 5329 Meadow Lane at the request of Louise and Peter Trucano. Please click here to learn about this Mid-Century Modern home that was built in 1964.
Robert  J. Darnley House
The Village Council unanimously approved landmark status on July 9th for the Robert J. Darnley House, 4721 Highland Avenue, at the request of Ted and Andrea Anderson.
  Please click here to learn about this Craftsman Cottage home that was built circa 1904.

Main Street Cemetery
On April 16th landmark status for the Village owned Main Street Cemetery, 5158 Main Street, was unanimously approved by the Village Council following a request by the Downers Grove Historical Society.  Learn about this source of civic pride and identity that was established in 1856 by clicking here.

H M Patton HouseThe Village Council unanimously approved landmark status on February 5, 2019 for the H. M. Patton House, 5 Jacqueline Drive, at the request of Judith M. Erickson.  Please click here to learn about this English Country Revival home that was built circa 1927.

Please click here to read about the presentation to Friends Of The Edwards House of the 2017 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award for Advocacy.

Please click here for a complete listing of the 28 historic features that have been granted local landmark status in Downers Grove.

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Betty Cheever & Wally Brown Honored

Many organizations and individuals joined forces to honor Betty M. Cheever and Wallace H. (Wally) Brown (June 16, 1928 - April 23, 2019) with tribute benches in Lyman Woods Preserve. A celebration of Betty Cheever's and Wally Brown's community leadership took place on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at the Lyman Woods Interpretative Center.  Please click here to learn more about this event and the tribute benches honoring the late Wally Brown and Betty Cheever.

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Heritage Alliance Mission Statement

Pierce Downer's Heritage Alliance is committed to sound and sustainable environmental practices; protection and appreciation of our community's outstanding natural features, such as Lyman Woods and Belmont Prairie; and preservation of significant cultural traditions, including the rich architectural heritage of Downers Grove.
The Alliance works to promote appreciation, protection and enhancement of our community's natural and cultural heritage through education, advocacy, stewardship and community outreach.

Last updated 3/20/2020
Village Council Meeting
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Meeting Agenda
7:00 PM, Village Hall
801 Burlington Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515

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PDHA Meeting
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Meeting Cancelled

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Click here to read our
2019 Fall Newsletter

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Click here to read our
2019 Spring Newsletter

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Please consider
a charitable donation
to support
educational activities of
Pierce Downer's
Heritage Alliance.

Click here to request
more information about Pierce Downer's Heritage Alliance.
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Click here to see
Ashley Wurth's slides
about Urban Coyotes
from our
2016 Annual Meeting.

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Click here to see Michael Lambert's slides on Historic Preservation in Geneva, IL
from our
2015 Annual Meeting.

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Click here to learn about beekeeping in Lyman Woods.

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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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Downers Grove Township's Monthly Electronic Recycling Is
Cancelled Until Further Notice!

For further information, please call Downers Grove Township Highway Department at (630) 719-6625.