Preservationists, West Chicago officials butt heads over future of historic home
WEST CHICAGO – Almost two centuries ago, a man named Joel Wiant moved to what is now West Chicago.
He owned a general store and raised his family there. In 1869, the year of his retirement, he built a red brick house where he lived out the rest of his days.
Today, the Joel Wiant House faces the possibility of demolition at the hands of the city. In recent months, the fate of the historic home has become a source of disagreement among community preservationists and city officials.
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