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Village to host open house and display renovation plans

BARRINGTON – The village of Barrington will host an open house at Barrington’s White House, 145 W. Main Street, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, and noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18. There will be an architect presentation from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

According to village officials, the White House Committee has a vision to restore and renovate the property into an elegant and highly functional cultural/community center – to be potentially complete for Barrington’s Sesquicentennial in 2015.

This three-story home built in 1898 was purchased by the village in 2007. Originally built for John and Julia Robertson, the home was considered to be the grandest of Barrington. John Robertson was a successful area banker and Julia Robertson was a popular hostess. The couple hosted community events in their third-floor ballroom

With renovation, the first floor of the White House will retain its original configuration of rooms, with a full catering kitchen being added. The second floor primarily will be rental space for nonprofit organizations – with an additional bride’s preparation room, and the third floor will be completely remodeled to revamp the historic ballroom.

The open house will be an opportunity for interested community members to tour the building, view floor plans and ask questions of the committee. Contact Beth Raseman at 847-304-3400 for more information.

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