DOWNERS GROVE – Originally built by Lyman Clifford, the Downers Grove tax assessor, this home at 844 Maple Ave. in Downers Grove has been standing on Maple Avenue for 142 years. Now owned by Selma Moberg, the home was built circa 1876 with distinguishing characteristics of the Vernacular Upright and Wing form.
Built when Ulysses S. Grant was president, the home has seen Maple Avenue change over the years, from a dirt road to its first paver bricks. It has seen Native Americans, wagons, horses, buggies, automobiles and blacktop and witnessed the ongoing history of Downers Grove.
The home still stands on Maple Avenue, in excellent condition, with many of the original features from 1876. It has the original doors and windows, with many interior details such as molding and trim. The east wing was added in the 1920s. The Vernacular Upright and Wing style often was laid out in an L- or T-shaped plan.
Those interested in landmarking their home should contact the Downers Grove Community Development Department at 630-434-5515 or visit the Friends of the Edwards House on Facebook.