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Washington Street home takes step toward landmark status

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 8:52 p.m. CDT

HINSDALE – The Village of Hinsdale Zoning and Public Safety Committee "really had no difficulty" in moving along an ordinance to the Village Board that would designate the home at 820 N. Washington St. a historic landmark.

“It's a marvelous building constructed in somewhat of an early style with natural materials, stone, wood," said Trustee Bob Saigh. “There's a high degree of craftsmanship and quality in the construction and materials.”

The home on North Washington was designed by R. Harold Zook, who has a strong presence in the Village to this day as he built 31 homes and six commercial buildings in Hinsdale, according to the Village's website.

Zook houses are recognizable in the village for the detailed woodwork, patterned brickwork, decorative leaded glass windows and unusually complex rooflines, according to the website.

Saigh said this is one of about five Zook homes in the Fullersburg area, which is the area to the north of Ogden between about Madison Street and York Avenue.

“There may be other Zooks in that immediate area worthy of historic designation, but it's up to the owners to come forward," Saigh said.

The ordinance will now go to the Hinsdale Village Board of Trustees for approval at its Nov. 19 meeting.

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