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Town of Hinsdale Architectural Resources Survey

2001: This area's bordered begins at the corner of Garfield and Third Streets and runs south to Sixth Street, then west to Grant Street, south to Fourth Street, west on Grant to Madison Street, then north to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, east to Grant Street, then south to Second Street and east to Lincoln Street and then east on Third Street to the beginning.

General facts about the survey area include:

  • The survey area encompasses the first subdivided section of Hinsdale. It was recorded in 1866 by Hinsdale founder William Robbins, and contains some of the oldest housing in the Village, representing a wide variety of styles.

  • The area contains 192 single-family homes on 17 whole blocks covering 42 acres. Of the 192 homes, 49 (24%) qualify as either historically significant or potentially significant, having been constructed between 1865 and c. 1925, while 136 (71%) are considered contributing because they were constructed in 1950 or earlier. Twenty-percent of the housing stock in the area has been built in the past 10 years, which generally reflects a community-wide pattern.

  • The area contains a mix of high style architecture (including Italianate, Gothic Revival, Queen Anne, Shingle, Prairie, Craftsman Bungalow, Colonial Revival, Dutch Colonial Revival, French Eclectic, Tudor Revival, Plan Book and Pre-Cut Catalog Houses) as well as 19th Century vernacular house types (Gable Front, Four Over Four, T-form, L-Form and Upright and Wing) and 20th Century popular house types (American Foursquare, Bungalow).

  • Three of Hinsdale's four buildings on the National Register of Historic Places are in the survey area. They are 318 S. Garfield Avenue (the Childs House); 8 E. Third Street (the Peabody House); and 302 S. Grant St. (the former Immanuel Evangelical Church). At least one other building in the survey area could be eligible for listing on the National Register.

  • The survey was conducted between May and June 2001 by Historic Certification Consultants, of Chicago which submitted a bid for the project. Surveyors gathered extensive data on each building in the area from several sources, including visits to and photographs of individual buildings. The purpose of the survey was to identify, document and evaluate historic structures for their architectural significance, and to make recommendations for landmark designations. Evaluation criteria used in the survey came from the Hinsdale Historic Preservation Ordinance, the Illinois Historic Sites Survey and the National Register of Historic Places.
To view the entire Town of Hinsdale Architectural Resources Survey. pdfs
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NOTE: The survey can be viewed using Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you can't view the survey you can install the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software here. The survey is a large file and may take a few minutes to download over a 56 Kbps modem.

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