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Reconnaissance Survey

1999: The purpose of this survey was to inspect the community and to generally characterize its resources in order to organize and orient more detailed survey efforts. The survey involved background research into the community's history and architecture that is used in interpreting the findings. In Hinsdale, every principal structure on every street in the village was viewed and evaluated by a team of field surveyors.

Complete Survey
General facts about the survey area include:

  • The area contains 5,654 principal structures within the 4.85 square miles of the village. Of the 5,654 structures, 549 (24%) qualify as being significant, 926 are ranked as contributing, 377 are ranked potentially contributing, and 3,736 are ranked non-contributing to a historic district.

  • The survey created four boundaries for potential historic districts: Downtown, North Hinsdale, Town of Hinsdale and Robbins Park.

  • A one block Demonstration Survey was completed. The survey block was bounded by Fourth, Fifth, Lincoln and Washington Streets. The architectural styles found on the Demonstration block are Italianate, Craftsman, Colonial Revival and Prairie. In addition two vernacular types are represented on the block, American Foursquare and the L-Form. There are fourteen buildings on the block, of which two have been ranked significant and ten contributing to a potential local historic district. The two significant structures are the Ruth House, an 1868 Italianate at 402 South Washington and the 1910 Craftsman house constructed at 408 South Washington Street.

  • The architectural styles found in the Village include Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival, Craftsman, Craftsman Bungalow, American Foursquare, Italianate, Queen Anne, Queen Anne Free Classic, Shingle Style, Dutch Colonial Revival, Second Empire, French Eclectic, Prairie, and vernacular types such as Gable Front houses, L-Form houses, Gabled Ells, Bungalows, and Ranches.

  • The survey was completed in 1999 by Historic Certification Consultants, of Chicago, which submitted a bid for the project. Evaluation criteria used in the survey came the Illinois Historic Sites Survey and the National Register of Historic Places.

Please contact the Village Planner at (630) 789-7030 with any questions and for assistance in designating your home as a landmark.