Articles from the 'Hinsdale Legacies' series

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 By Pamela Lannom    News

Couple finds house's charm irresistible

Sarah and Jack London weren't planning to move to Hinsdale, even though Sarah (then Swanson) grew up here. "We were going to move somewhere trendy and cool, like California or... — Updated 5/24/2023

 

Once upon a time

Hinsdale legacies - This photo from the archives at the Hinsdale Historical Society is of the home built in 1925 at 518 S. Garfield Ave. The French eclectic home was described as... — Updated 5/24/2023

 
 By Ken Knutson    News

Vine Street home winds back the clock

In Hinsdale's early days, residents regularly bought their groceries during trips to Chicago because of limited options in the fledgling village. "But that was just before the Fox... — Updated 5/17/2023

 

Trio of comfort, convenience, character

John Charles Fremont Merrill probably wouldn't recognize today the house Adolph Froscher built for him in 1892 at 222 E. Sixth St. Merrill, secretary of the Chicago Board of Trade,... — Updated 5/10/2023

 
 By Ken Knutson    News

Legacy on Lincoln on trove of treasures

What lay beneath the stairs at 510 N. Lincoln St.? No beasts, thankfully. But when workers replaced the front and side outdoor steps of the 1911 Craftsman home last December, the ex... — Updated 5/3/2023

 
 By Pamela Lannom    News

Bank building once home to fire station

Ever notice the stars in relief on the top corners of the front door of 25 E. First St.? Or the red bell mounted on the brick wall? Both are clues as to the original use of the... — Updated 5/25/2022

 
 By Ken Knutson    News

All aboard! Ride back in time at depot

Hinsdale may straddle the county line, but it was the train line that truly put the village on the map. The mid-19th-century decision by Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad... — Updated 5/18/2022

 

Stalwart school recalls an era gone by

Almost 100 years ago, the first students walked to their first day of classes at Monroe School. "It was a great and important day in 1928 when the pupils in Maple School packed thei... — Updated 5/11/2022

 

Immanuel Hall was built from the soul

In the late 19th-century, the west side of Hinsdale was home to an enclave of German immigrants. These faithful churchgoers would tread the village's wooden sidewalks to the north... — Updated 5/4/2022

 
 By Pamela Lannom    News

Couple falls in love with girl next door

Not many people would buy a house without setting foot inside. But for Andrea and Mike Persico, the decision to purchase the historic Richardson Romanesque home at 306 E. First St.... — Updated 5/26/2021

 
 By Ken Knutson    News

Home takes on new owners and new life

Sarah Barclay and her family moved into the circa turn-of-the-century home at 433 E. Third St. in September of 2019. By this September, they hope their extensive renovation work... — Updated 5/19/2021

 
 By Pamela Lannom    News

Historic homes don't have to be museums

Darlene Bingham is not a student of architecture. That doesn't mean she doesn't appreciate the beauty and charm of a 1920s house. "We we came in to see this house, I was just totall... — Updated 5/12/2021

 
 By Ken Knutson    News

Garfield treasure shines after 134 years

A painted lady can sure turn heads. The Queen Anne-style residence at 318 S. Garfield St. has been getting second looks since 1888, when it was built for early Hinsdaleans Robert... — Updated 5/5/2021

 

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