Mount Prospect Historical Society Showcases St. Raymond Neighborhood

After a one-year hiatus imposed by COVID-19, the Mount Prospect Historical Society will be holding its annual holiday walk on Friday, December 3, in the neighborhood immediately north and slightly northwest of St. Raymond Catholic Church – originally known as Colonial. Manor.

Tickets are now on sale for the company’s 33rd annual walk which will start at the St. Raymond Parish Ministry Center at the northwest corner of its block (corner of I-Oka and Milburn avenues) and will run from 15 30 to 9 a.m. afternoon

“This district immediately to the south of the railway line was subdivided by H. Roy Berry, from the 1920s, and until the 1950s it was bordered on the west by farmland belonging to the Meier family”, said JP Karlov, co-chair of Housewalk. . “He has a lot of beautiful homes that we are happy to showcase.”

Interiors of five private homes, built between 1929 and 2019, will be featured this year on the tour. Two additional houses, built in 1929 and 1946 respectively, will be presented from the outside.

The homes that will be featured this year are: 218 S. I-Oka Ave., owned by Rob and Stephanie Berman; 204 S. I-Oka Ave., owned by Jamie and Debbie McGough; 16 S. I-Oka Ave., owned by Ray and Jill Doerner; 122 S. Elmhurst Ave., owned by Chris and Amanda Manna; and 112 S. Wa-Pella Ave., owned by Shawn and Nicole Stoltz.

In addition, the exteriors of 101 S. Wa-Pella Ave., owned by John and Julie Johnson, and 216 S. Hi-Lusi Ave., owned by Tyra and Tim Jambois, will also be on display.

All the houses will be exciting to visit in their own way, whether it is because of the historical flavor, the new construction, the beautiful decoration or the renovations that have been carried out, Karlov said. It should also be noted that COVID restrictions will be in place. Visitors will be required to wear masks inside homes and at the March headquarters – and volunteers will do the same.

H. Roy Berry, the developer of this area, bought a 74 acre farm from Walter Burke, then subdivided it and improved the lots. He left the building to others who were hired by the buyers of the lots.

The first houses built on the promenade were built in 1929. The interior of the English mansion Charles and Beatta Edwards at 218 S. I-Oka Ave. will be open to visits. It is a stately home which, after accommodating three different families, became the convent and later the presbytery of the priests of the neighboring St. Raymond Catholic Church. In the 1960s it became a private family home and is now owned by Rob and Stephanie Berman.

The other house built in 1929 on the promenade is the Ira T. Hachmeister Dutch Colonial Cottage at 216 S. Hi-Lusi Ave., now owned by Tyra and Tim Jambois. It can only be seen from the outside but is quite interesting as it was a Sears “Dover” model home. Its story will be told on a lighted podium in the front yard.

Chronologically, the 1931 Charles Schmidt Cape Cod home at 112 S. Wa-Pella Ave. (now owned by Shawn and Nicole Stoltz) comes next. It was once owned by Stephen and Hester Kline. Hester was one of the first female reporters for Paddock Publications. She has covered Mount Prospect Village Board of Directors meetings, school board meetings and other reporting.

The current owners, the Stoltz, are both local teachers who grew up in the area and wanted to stay here. They immediately fell in love with the house when they saw it, even though they recognized that it was in need of a good refreshment.

Shawn has spent much of his time over the past seven years installing moldings and wainscoting, refinishing floors, updating the electrical system, painting, adding plantation shutters and, more recently, to finish the basement.

“Tourists will enjoy walking around this house and seeing how the Stoltzes creatively rocked the living room and dining room so that they could accommodate a huge dining room table that they loved and wanted to buy in order to to be able to entertain their big family, “Karlov said.

The next two post-war houses in terms of age are both Georgian brick houses. Arthur Blomberg’s home at 122 S. Elmhurst Avenue will be open to visitors. It’s a pleasure to see with its window seats and vaulted ceilings. The house was built in 1946 and the current owners are Chris and Amanda Manna.

The other house that no doubt attracted returning GIs was the Herbert and Helen Hackschild Georgian at 101 S. Wa-Pella Avenue. It features distinctive stones around the front door and was built by RJ Bluett, one of Mount Prospect’s most prolific post-war builders. Its owners are now John and Julie Johnson. This house can only be seen from the outside but will be annotated with an enlightened description and laminated on a podium.

The last houses presented, both open to interior visits, were built during this millennium. James and Debbie McGough’s charming arts and crafts home is located at 204 S. I-Oka Ave. and is a modern palace, built by the McGoughs from the “bones” of an ancient Cape Cod in 2001, much like the contemporary French Provincial House at 16 S. I-Oka, built by Zbigniew Zvolenik in 2007 when he demolished an old ranch house. It is now owned by Ray and Jill Doerner. Both houses will undoubtedly attract visitors.

Over the years, since its inception in 1988, the Mount Prospect Holiday Housewalk has opened approximately 165 different Mount Prospect homes to the public for interior tours, the seat of the promenade in various churches, the local historic train station, the golf course. from Mount Prospect, a bank and heated tents when no public structure was nearby. The Holiday Housewalk also went from a Sunday afternoon driving tour highlighting homes throughout the village to a neighborhood specific walking tour on Friday evening.

The annual event has raised over $ 275,000 for the historical society’s operating fund over its venerable history.

As usual, this year’s walking tour will be accented with beautifully lit fixtures. Parking will be available along neighborhood streets.

Feedback in the homes will be provided by volunteers from local organizations, businesses, schools and the community. Local florists and owners will provide the decorations. This year’s star florists are Busse Flowers and Gifts of Rolling Meadows, The Purple Rose of Mount Prospect, Pesche’s Flowers and 7 Red Roses Floral Design Studio by Des Plaines and The Flower Studio of Rolling Meadows. Lurvey’s of Des Plaines will provide a fresh outdoor decor for a home.

Non-refundable tickets are sold for $ 28 each until December 2 at Busey Bank, 299 W. Central Road .; River Trails Weiss Center, 1500 E. Euclid Ave .; RecPlex, 420 Dempster Street; the Central Community Center, 1000 W. Central Road; Millie’s Hallmark, 1024 S. Elmhurst Road; LePeep, 10 E. Northwest Highway; and the Dietrich Friedrichs House Museum, 101 S. Maple St.

Tickets are also available through PayPal at Tickets purchased online can be picked up at a “call” kiosk located at the Walk’s head office at St. Raymond’s Church during the walk.

Last-minute decision-makers will also be able to purchase tickets on the day of the Walk, starting at 3 p.m. at the St-Raymond head office, but the cost will be $ 30 per person at that time.

“The Housewalk is the Society’s biggest fundraiser of the year,” Karlov explained. “Its proceeds support the company’s many educational efforts and help pay for the upkeep of our museum. We urge the public to support our efforts to preserve local history by enjoying the promenade and our other activities throughout the year.

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