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Do You Own a Historic Georgian

July 19, 2014 08:07 AM

During 1943 Douglass Aircraft constructed a large assembly plant at the corner of Higgins and Manheim (now O’Hare Field) to build the C-54 troop/cargo plane.  In order to house the workers and their families,   a significant number of Georgian style homes were constructed in Park Ridge and the surrounding area.  The design continued to be in use after the War, but the Historic Preservation Commission is interested in the War Homes, those built from the beginning of 1944 through the end of 1945.

Though many have been torn down over the years, the remaining War Homes represent a part of our hometown history during this turbulent time. As we approach the 70th anniversary of the end of the WWII, next year, we would like to consider any of these homes that have not been altered (a garage or addition added) for Landmark Status. You can check the Park Ridge Web site for details. If you own a home that has been modified, you would still be eligible to receive a certificate noting the historical significance of your home.

Also, we have issued a number of certificates recognizing 100 year old homes and would welcome applications from homeowners who haven’t done so already. All applications for Landmark Status or certificates must be accompanied by proof of the year the home was built.

For more information please contact City Planner, Jon Branham, 847-318-5203.

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