Maywood's Annual Historic Homes Housewalk

Sunday, July 14, 2013 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Maywood will be hosting it's annual Historic Homes Housewalk on July 14, and will feature several landmark homes of the late 19th/early 20th century. This should again be an exciting year for those interested in historic homes and architecture and a great opportunity to view an often overlooked community so close to the city that has been generating a lot of interest and many new residents lately.

Maywood is a community 15 minutes directly west of downtown Chicago and an architectural kin to Oak Park and River Forest, yet not often mentioned in the same breath. That is starting to change. Over the last few years, there have been several major infrastructure improvements within the community along with a visibly renewed pride and investment in the homes. Maywood boasts 17 houses on the National Register of Historic Places with dozens more eligible, some of which will be open for interior viewing. This years walk will feature many significant homes and neighborhoods that were part of the original Maywood Company, along with another neighborhood consisting of large houses, often built by wealthy merchants, that were part of the subsequent Proviso Land Company of the early 20th century. Many notable Prairie School architects have contributed to Maywood's numerous architectural styles and include EE Roberts, John Van Bergen, Talmadge and Watson and John Drummond just to name a few.

In addition to walking tours this year, Maywood will again be running trolleys which are included with the price of the ticket. The trolley will be taking visitors past many notable points in the community, and will be connecting areas in the featured north and southern parts of town.

The starting point for the tour this year will be 1st Congregational Church at 400 N 5th (corner of 5th and Erie), time will be 1-5PM and cost $15. Trolley tours will be approx 20 minutes between featured areas.