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Glen Ellyn recognizes historic preservation efforts

The Restoration of the Year Award for a commercial building is given to Hearts of Oak LLC for the restoration of the building at 439 Pennsylvania Ave. in Glen Ellyn. A Different Box of Crayons quilt shop opened last year in the building.
The Restoration of the Year Award for a commercial building is given to Hearts of Oak LLC for the restoration of the building at 439 Pennsylvania Ave. in Glen Ellyn. A Different Box of Crayons quilt shop opened last year in the building.

GLEN ELLYN –The Glen Ellyn Historic Preservation Commission recently passed out its annual Historic Preservation Awards.

At the Glen Ellyn Village Board's July 23 meeting, commission Chairman Lee Marks presented the awards. Each year, the commission reviews projects completed within the previous year for its annual awards. Entries are accepted for residential – both single-family and multi-family – commercial and institutional buildings.

The Restoration of the Year Award for a residential property was presented to Nancy Keenly for the restoration of the exterior of her home at 599 Hawthorne Blvd. The restoration took place as part of a new addition that was built on the home. The new brick was matched with the existing brick to allow for a seamless transition from the addition to the original building. A total of 60 custom wood windows were designed and installed to specifically keep with the character of the house.

The Restoration of the Year Award for a commercial building was given to Hearts of Oak LLC for the restoration of the building at 439 Pennsylvania Ave. A Different Box of Crayons quilt shop opened last year in the building.

The farm house was originally built in 1890 in the early Eastlake style. The restoration began
in 2016, and the building had to be gutted and rebuilt to bring the structure up to code as a commercial building.

A Remodel of the Year Award was presented to Russell and Julie Snow for the remodel of their home at 210 Glenwood Ave. The early 1950s home was updated with Hardie-Board Lap siding covering the cinder block exterior. The roof was replaced and new windows were installed that kept with the character of the home. This award is given based upon the extent to which the remodeling project maintains the home’s original character.

A Remodel of the Year Award also was presented to Heather and Ray Mees for the remodel of their home at 580 Lakeview Terrace. The front of the house was redesigned while keeping with the original character of the home. New siding was installed and angled to keep water away from the stonework on the front of the house.

Jeffrey and Mallory Poe received the Streetscape Compatibility Award for the renovation of their home at 356 Anthony St. The early 1900s, 1.5-story home was renovated into a 2,900-square-foot, two-story house that was designed to blend with the neighboring homes on Newton Avenue and Anthony Street. The award is given to construction projects that feature architecturally distinctive design and maintain appropriate scale with the surrounding streetscape.

Claudia Harty received the Architectural Details Award for the remodel of her home
at 497 Arbor Court. The project included the removal and replacement of the concrete side porch. The award is given based on the compatibility of the architectural elements with the historic character of the home.

The Historic Preservation Commission also acknowledged Scott and Kristin Fischer for the
remodel of their home at 449 Longfellow Ave. According to the commission, the
renovated home has provided a positive impact to the character of the neighborhood along Longfellow Avenue.

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