Citizens for

Glen Ellyn Preservation

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Citizens for Glen Ellyn Preservation
is a group of citizens who want to safeguard the distinctive character,
history and architectural integrity of the Glen Ellyn community through historic preservation, planning and sensible growth.
dear members and friends,

We invite you to the annual meeting of Citizens for Glen Ellyn Preservation, which will be held at
7:00 p.m. on August 4th at the Glen Ellyn Boathouse during a joint meeting with the Village of Glen Ellyn Historic Preservation Commission.

During the meeting, Granacki Historic Consultants will present the results of their latest historic resource survey of the southeast section of Glen Ellyn, plus recap the architectural styles as documented in their four previous surveys. Granacki states that identifying and documenting the architectural and historic treasures of a community is the first step towards preserving a community's unique character. The discussion will give you a chance to learn more about the architectural styles present in Glen Ellyn, plus the criteria used in highlighting potential landmark homes.

Following the presentation, there will be a brief Citizens for Glen Ellyn Preservation Meeting highlighting the coming year’s initiatives, followed by time to enjoy refreshments and the company of other preservation-minded citizens.

Nominations for new board members must be received by the President in writing prior to July 28, 2014.*

Please RSVP to Chris Wilson if you can attend at 708-744-5715 or email her at


Mike Wilson,
President, Citizens for Glen Ellyn Preservation
*PO Box 454, Glen Ellyn, IL 60138

Horse trough

The Village is considering removing its iconic horse trough from the brick island in the center of Main Street and replacing it with either an obilisk-shaped brick structure bearing the name of the village or a replica of the cupola on the Civic Center. To see the drawings click here (pdf). For more information on the horse trough click here (pdf).

The horse trough was designated a village landmark in 2012. It is possible that it would be placed somewhere else in the village if removed from the downtown. If you would like to comment on this, please email the village manager, Mark Franz, and/or the village president, Mark Pfefferman,

Glen Ellyn Horse Trough

The McKee House Coalition

Churchill House

Last summer, in response to the potential demolition of the original WPA-built headquarters and superintendant’s residence of the DuPage County Forest Preserve, a large coalition of preservationists, government organizations and residents came together in support of saving this remarkable piece of Illinois history.
Dedicated in 1936 to the residents of DuPage County by the Works Progress Administration, the stately Colonial Revival headquarters/residence, shop and well house were constructed of Naperville limestone by CCC relief workers.

Click here to read more (pdf).

Lead removal

Preservationists have long been recommending that care be taken when removing lead paint and asbestos during restoration work. New EPA rules are finally in place and, while contractors may grumble about the inconvenience, this is a good thing. Contractors who work on pre-1978 homes will need to take a short certification class that applies to lead paint removal. While some contractors have always taken precautions, all will now be required to follow lead-containment procedures. Homeowners who are doing their own work do not need certification but must also follow the EPA's lead removal rules. Many in the construction industry were caught off-guard by these new health-protection policies, so if you are having work done that will disturb old paint, be sure your contractor is qualified to do the work.

Click here for work site requirements
Click for more about lead and lead-containment

Article of the month

The American House: Where Did We Go Wrong "The American House:
Where Did We Go Wrong?
Cheap fossil fuels led us astray.
Here’s a look at how it happened.

By Kevin Ireton


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