W. H. Edwards House, Downers Grove

Edwards House

The W. H. Edwards House at 942 Maple, Downers Grove, pictured above, is in danger of extinction. The property is being offered and tentatively has been sold for purposes of redevelopment. See the well-written articles in Suburban Life: June 26 & September 9 and in the Chicago Tribune: July 11 & September 5 for details. Pierce Downer's Heritage Alliance is hoping any redevelopment plan will include preservation and reuse of this historic home. Click here to read community opinoins about the Edwards House.  Here is a link to the "Help save 942 Maple in Downers Grove" Facebook page.  Meetings to discuss a proposed Maple Avenue Historic District will be held in Lincoln Center Room 503 at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, Sepember 30 & Wednesday, October 8.  Click here for more information.

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Knotweed & Stiltgrass Eradication Effort

The Downers Grove Park District, the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, and Sanitary District are all working together to eradicate Japanese knotweed & Japanese stiltgrass from Downers Grove.  They will not be successful unless we also eradicate it from our backyards. The Northeast Illinois Invasive Plant Partnership, based out of the Chicago Botanic Garden, has grant money available to cover the costs to homeowners to remove Japanese knotweed.
  Japanese knotweed
Please click here to read fact sheets about Japanese knotweed & Japanese stiltgrass.  They are some of the most invasive plant species
in the world.  In England, homeowners are unable to sell their properties with Japanese knotweed.  The rumor is that it came to Downers Grove when architect Frank Lloyd Wright brought a cutting from Japan to a friend in Denburn Woods.

To deal with the possible presence of Japanese knotweed in your yard, please click here for two waiver forms. One waiver form grants permission for a contractor to identify the Japanese knotweed on your property. The other would grant permission for a contractor to control and remove the plants. They will use an injection system to apply glyphosate herbicide into the stems. (It is a version of Round-Up that is safe to use in aquatic environments.)

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Heritage Alliance Mission

Pierce Downer's Heritage Alliance is dedicated to preserving the natural and cultural heritage of Downers Grove. In the past, we have maintained sharp focus on the natural heritage within our community. Pierce Downer's Heritage Alliance has been instrumental in the preservation and protection of Lyman Woods, and Belmont Prairie, which continue as on-going projects.

We are now also committed to the preservation of  cultural aspects of Downers Grove, including its rich architectural heritage. We work to accomplish our mission through education as well as community outreach.

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Can you find this house in Downers Grove and why is it important?
(Click the image for the answer)



Maple Avenue
Historic District Meetings

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 &
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
7:00  PM

Lincoln Center Room 503
935 Maple Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Click here for more information.

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 PDHA  Meeting
Thursday, September 25, 2014
7:00 PM, Room 307

Lincoln Center
935 Maple Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515

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Highway Cleanup
  Next Highland Avenue

Saturday, October 4,  2014
8:30 to 11:00 AM

Please click here to fill out
the required Waiver Form.
Meet at 33rd Street
Lyman Woods Parking Lot.

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

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Click here to learn about beekeeping in Lyman Woods.

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The 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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Village Will Not Renew Electrical Aggregation

The Village's electrical aggregation contract with FirstEnergy Solutions will end in August 2014. The two-year contract initiated in 2012 locked in low electricity supply rates for residents and small businesses.

The Village has reviewed options for renewing the contract with FirstEnergy and has also looked into other independent energy suppliers. In today's market, the rates available from other energy suppliers are nearly identical to ComEd's rates.

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The Village Now Has
Electronics Recycling
The Village of Downers Grove and Creative Recycling are offering electronics recycling on the first Saturday of every month from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Drop-off location is in the employee parking lot at rear of Village Hall, 801 Burlington Avenue, off Curtiss Street. There volunteers accept pretty much anything you would think of as "electronics" such as computers (along with monitors, printers, etc.), VCRs, stereos, gaming consoles, televisions, and other gadgets. A longer list of acceptable and unacceptable items may be found on the Village's recycling page.

Last updated 9/20/2014