2003 Historic Preservation Award Recipients

Ornate Metal HingeVilla Park President Rae Rupp Srch and Preservation Commission Chairwoman Carol Marcus presented the 2003 Historic Plaque Awards to the Poggi, Palm, Kalkanian, Smith, McHone and Winter families on May 4, 2003 at the Villa Park Historical Society. They were recognized for their preservation efforts in maintaining historic homes and buildings that are significant to the heritage of Villa Park. Villa Park is rich in unique architecture and this annual program is an opportunity to showcase our history and winners of the Historic Preservation, Historic Landmark and Sears Catalog Home categories.

Villa Park's Annual Historic Plaque Award Program includes awards for the Historic Preservation, Historic Landmark and Sears Catalog Home categories.

At the April 28th Village Board meeting, the Villa Park Historic Preservation Commission announced the winners of this year's annual Historic Plaque awards.

Two Historic Preservation awards were issued to the following people:

Lawrence and Christina Poggi for their sensitive preservation of their distinctive English style home located at 404 South Illinois Avenue It is named the Black House (PDF) after the original owner and was built in 1936.

Gerald and Maren Palm for their sensitive preservation of their Bungalow style home located at 617 South Wisconsin Avenue It is named the Stilla House (PDF) after the original owner and was built in 1928. It is an excellent example of how older housing can be expanded for modern day use without compromising on its original design.

Three Historic Landmark awards were awarded to the following people: 

Attorney Gerald S. Kalkanian for his commercial building (PDF) built in 1911 by Col. Calhoun and operated as the first grocery store, supplying only staple goods. In 1922, it was moved from Villa Avenue to its current site at 336 East Central Boulevard Since 1982, it has been serving as Kalkanian's law office.

Ana Smith for her commercial building (PDF) located at 203 South Villa Avenue It was built in 1924 by the National Tea Company and operated as a full-service grocery store in the thriving Villa Avenue business district. Recently, the brickwork on the front facade was restored to its original condition. Since 1970, it has been the home of G.M. Smith & Son, a family owned business that has been in the Village since 1920.

 Robert and Lillian McHone, for their post-war Reedy Ranch (PDF) home built in 1956 and located at 112 North Ardmore Avenue This house served as a model for the J.W. Reedy Construction Company This firm built over 200 ranch homes similar to this type in Villa Park and the surrounding community. J.W. Reedy is celebrating their 75th Anniversary this year.

The Sears Catalog Home Award

The Sears Catalog Home award was given to Kenneth and Stephanie Winter for their Crescent (PDF) model Sears mail-order house, located at 109 North Second Avenue and built in 1927.

The present owners and caretakers are commended for their contributions to the community and for the preservation and maintenance of these important structures that links the past with the future of Villa Park. These buildings are significant to the history and development of the Village of Villa Park and contribute to its character and heritage.

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