Landmarked Buildings In Downers Grove

The Village's historic preservation program was revised in 2015, contributing to an increased interest in landmarking homes and other structures. Since then twenty-nine historic features have been granted local landmark status in Downers Grove nine structures in 2016, another nine in 2017, four more in 2018, four historic features in 2019, one each year in 2021, 2022 and 2023.

5804
                                                          Carpenter,
                                                          William S.
                                                          Barnhart
                                                          House Landmark status was unanimously approved  for 5804 Carpenter Street, the William S. Barnhart House, on December 12, 2023 at the request of Mary Ann Badke.  Please click here to learn about this Cape Cod Style home built in 1940.


5834
                                                          MiddaughLandmark status was unanimously approved on February 1, 2022 for the Mochel-Goodman Home, 5834 Middaugh Avenue, at the request of Nancy and Gordon Goodman. Please click here to learn about this Mid-Century Modern Ranch home built in 1954.

200 Shady
                                                          LaneThe Village Council unanimously ap
proved landmark status on February 16, 2021 for the Kotes-Kenny House, 200 Shady Lane at the request of Christie and John Kenny. Please click here to learn about this Mid-Century Modern home that was built circa 1960.

5329
                                                          Meadow Lane The Village Council unanimously approved landmark 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 9, 2019 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
The Village Council unanimously approved landmark status on April 16, 2019 for the Village owned Main Street Cemetery, 5158 Main Street, following a request by the Downers Grove Historical Society. 
Please click here to learn about this source of civic pride and identity that was established in 1856.
H
                                                          M Patton
                                                          House
The 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 CoClifford
                                                          Houseuntry Revival home that was built circa 1927.

The Village Council unanimously approved landmark status on August 21, 2018 for the Clifford House, 844 Maple Avenue at the request of Selma Moberg. 
Please click here to learn about this Gable-Front & Gable-Ell home that was built circa 1876.

The Village Council unanimously approved landmark status for the Ernest E. BunBunge House
ge House at 1514 Thornwood Drive on July 17 at the request of Juanita and Pamela Shaw. 
Please click here to learn about this Craftsman Bungalow that was built circa 1927.
Custom
                                                          Bungalow
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 Miller
Please click here to learn about this Custom Bungalow home that was built circa 1924.

Gorman-Dum House
Landmark status was approved by unanimous vote of the Village Council 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 that was built circa 1895.
Cameron
                                              House
The Village Council approved unanimously landmark status for the Cameron House, 4632 Main Street on December 12, 2017 at the request of Brian and Karen Beechler. Please click here to learn about this Craftsman Bungalow constructed 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 and 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 Black
Please 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 Patrick & Chris Sexton its owners. Fairview
                                                Train Station

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

John 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 f
Kruger Houseor two historic homes. Fred and Cindy Zaeske have named their landmarked home at 1130 Franklin Street, 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
Chuck 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
achieved landmark status for his home,
The Bunge House, at 4943 HighlaBunge
                                                          Housend Avenue

The DrewDrew Home family home at 5256 Carpenter Street was 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.