National Historic Preservation Month is being celebrated in May in Villa Park and across the country. This year's theme is Embark! Embrace! Inspire! At the April 28th Village Board Meeting, three Historic Plaques were issued by the Historical Preservation Commission, chaired by Carol Marcus.
Richard and Alisa Conboy received a Historic Preservation Award for their very large, two story circa 1920 Prairie style home that is named the BARGELT HOUSE (PDF), after its first owner, who was a major in World War I and the first bank president of the Villa Park Trust & Savings Bank. It is located on 343 East Highland Avenue Ronald and Teresa Wedel received a Historic Preservation Award for their large, brick circa 1928 English Tudor style house that is named the NACK HOUSE, after its first owner. It is located on 400 South Illinois Avenue With its multiple gable tiled roof, it is a very striking home that was featured on a local house walk.
Erica Skibbie received a Historic Preservation Award for her charming circa 1924 stucco Bungalow style house that is named the HILL HOUSE, after its first owner. It is located on 436 South Ardmore Avenue David Hill was a pharmacist and the owner of HILL's Pharmacy, located in the heart of Villa Park at 7 East Park Boulevard It had previously been Meehan's Drug Store.
These present owners and caretakers are commended for their 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 and contribute to its character and heritage.