Four distinctive Wilmette homes will be showcased this year as part of the Wilmette Historical Society's 2007 Spring Housewalk. These gracious homes are either nearing or have surpassed the 100-year old mark and each has a unique and rich history that will be the focal point of this year’s Housewalk.
“Two of the four homes featured in the Housewalk this year highlight the architectural style and history of the American Foursquare,” notes Wilmette architect and housewalk committee member Healy Rice. “Wilmette has some wonderful examples of this very American style.” Our third Housewalk home is unique in that it was built in the Italianate style in 1873 and then completely remodeled in 1923 to resemble a Foursquare, with the removal of a small round central window at the top of the house as well as any exterior ornamental brackets and cornices. Updating an older home was also the challenge for the owners of the Craftsman Bungalow, the fourth home to be featured in the Housewalk. In 2006, the Wilmette Historic Preservation Commission awarded the owners the “White Knight Award” in recognition of their rescue and restoration of this historic structure.
Advance tickets are $40/members; $45/non-members and $25/students. On the day of the Housewalk, tickets can be purchased at the Wilmette Historical Museum, 609 Ridge Road, for $45/members $50/non-members and $25 students. Phone the Museum for tickets or information at 847-853-7666.