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Architect named to fill Berwyn Preservation Commission seat

BERWYNA new member was appointed to the Berwyn Historic Preservation Commission following the resignation of Chairman Lori Thielen earlier this month.

Architect Emilio Padilla was sworn in when the Berwyn City Council met March 25 as a result of the vacancy created by Thielen's resignation.

The appointment appears to be a good fit for Padilla, who said the the Chicago architectural firm he is a part of has had a great deal of experience in historic preservation, having worked on a number of restoration projects involving National Register properties.

Padila said he and his wife, Daisy, moved to Berwyn three years ago. Daisy Padilla works in human resources for a corporation in Bellwood.

“We kind of fell here by chance," he said. "I grew up in Chicago and Daisy grew up in Addison. I guess it was a compromise."

It was a decision they don't regret. The Padilla's said they have embraced Berwyn as their home and both believe in paying forwad their good fortune.

"Since we got here we've been trying to find a way to get more involved in the community, " Padilla said. "We've done a lot of community service. You meet a lot of good people along the way. That's the gratifying thing. “

Daisy Padilla has become a sort of a good will ambassador for the community.

"We recruit hard for Berwyn," she said. "Our friends always tease us.”

Thielen previously served as the president of the Berwyn Historical Society and chairman of the Historical/Memorabilia Committee for the City’s Centennial Project. She also directed the development and implementation of Historic Berwyn’s Bungalow Tours and the Holy Ground Tours, which involved researching and touring all 23 churches in Berwyn.

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