National Historic Preservation Month is being celebrated in May in Villa Park and across the country. This year's theme is "See! Save! Celebrate!" At the April 25 Village Board Meeting, four Historical Preservation Plaques were issued by the Historical Preservation Commission, chaired by Carol Marcus.
A Historical Preservation award was issued to Mitchel and Rose Ann Koyer their custom built 1925 Chicago Bungalow style brick home that is named the Shanahan House (PDF) after its first owner. It is located on South Michigan Avenue. This is a well-constructed home, featuring a recessed entry, ornamental stone work and cream colored face brick.
James and Patricia Karczewski received a Historical Preservation Award for their two-story brick 1928 English Tudor style house that is named the Ives House (PDF) after its first owner. It has a steeply pitched cross-gable slate roof, leaded glass windows and distinctive brickwork. It is located on South Summit Avenue This home was featured on several house and garden walks.
Ryan and Amy Friis received a Historic Preservation Award for their 1928 custom built stucco two-story English Tudor style house that is named the Jordan House (PDF), after its first owner. It is located on South Cornell Avenue.
Kevin and Jennifer Ng received a Historic Preservation Award for their two-story cedar shingle 1928 English Tudor style house. This was the first house built by JW Reedy Realty and looks exactly like its historic photo. It is named the Brehm House (PDF) after its first owner and is located on South Princeton Avenue.
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. The Historical Museum will feature these four homes in a window display.
Prepared by Carol Marcus – Villa Park Historical Preservation Commission – April 2016
Mitchel and Rose Ann Koyer | James and Patricia Karczewski
Ryan and Amy Friis | Kevin and Jennifer Ng
2016 Historical Preservation Award Recipients with Historical Preservation Commissioners Roxanne Beausoleil and Carol Marcus