Glen Ellyn downtown historic districts named to National Register in 2013

GLEN ELLYN – Two downtown Glen Ellyn historic districts were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013, according to a news release from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.

After receiving approval from the Glen Ellyn Village Board, the village’s Historic Preservation Commission nominated the Glen Ellyn Downtown North and South historic districts in summer 2012.

The nominations for the downtown business districts were approved by the Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council on June 28, 2013, leading them to be forwarded to the state historic preservation officer of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, who nominated them to the National Register.

Sites are added to the
National Register by the National Park Service based on recommendations from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, the release said.

The Glen Ellyn districts were two of 11 in Illinois to be added to the register in 2013, according to the release.

The community that came to be known as Glen Ellyn first started in the Stacy’s Corners area in 1834. After the railroad came to town, residents and businesses began the gradual move south to be near the tracks, where the current downtown sits.

Divided by the railroad tracks, the Glen Ellyn Downtown North and South historic districts run along Main Street. Combined, the districts stretch from Hillside to Pennsylvania avenues and include parts of the roads that intersect with Main Street, the village’s National Register of Historic Places applications said.

The districts feature notable structures, such as the Glen Art Theatre, 540 Crescent Blvd., and Civic Center, 535 Duane St.

Other local sites on the National Register include the Glen Ellyn Main Street Historic District, the Alfred A. Schiller House, Stacy’s Tavern and the George Baker House, which is in unincorporated DuPage County near Glen Ellyn.

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of historic places worthy of preservation in the U.S.