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Glen Ellyn survey results yield possible historic registry additions

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 7:08 p.m. CDT
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(Evan Shields - eshields@shawmedia.com)
Citizens for Glen Ellyn Preservation and the Village of Glen Ellyn Historic Preservation Commission hold a joint meeting Monday at the Lake Ellyn boathouse.

GLEN ELLYN – A presentation at Monday's joint meeting of Citizens for Glen Ellyn Preservation and the Village of Glen Ellyn Historic Preservation Commission at the Lake Ellyn boathouse listed several places that could be candidates for local or national historic registries.

A survey conducted this year by the Granacki Historic Consultants of Chicago covered the southwestern portion of the village in an area bordered by the railroad to the north, Spring Avenue to the east, Turner Avenue to the south and Main Street to the west.

The group has been performing surveys of properties in Glen Ellyn for four years, said coordinator Lara Ramsey.

Another smaller portion surveyed included the area bordered by Hill Avenue to the north, Main Street to the east, Turner Avenue to the south and Newton Avenue to the west.

Houses recommended for the local historic registry include the Orrin O. Dodge home at 542 Hillside Ave.; the Charles M. Kerr house at 566 Hillside Ave.; and 342 Montclair Ave.

Homes that could be placed on theNational Register of Historic Placesinclude the former Glen Ellyn Junior High School, the McLean-Marshall house at 583 Hill Ave., the George T. Jennings house at 330 Park Blvd., 704 Hillside Ave., 335 Main St. and 342 Montclair Ave.

Ramsey said the survey found 63 structures in the area rated as having historic significance.

Additionally, Citizens for Glen Ellyn Preservation President Mike Wilson said the group is looking into starting a possible grant program using money it has raised. Wilson said he felt it was important the nonprofit spend the excess money it brings in.

"The last thing we want to do is be sitting here building up money," he said.

Wilson said the group has about $20,000 it can use for grants.

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