Downers Grove Architectural & Historical Survey

Downers Grove, Illinois

The Lakota Group led a team of architectural historians and surveyors in completing an architectural survey of buildings and properties in portions of downtown Downers Grove and three residential districts and subdivisions. The residential districts included a mix of architectural styles and building forms from Queen Anne, Prairie School, Foursquare, Tudor and Colonial Revivals, Chicago Bungalows, and Mid-Century Modern ranch homes. The survey included the field documentation and evaluation of over 900 properties and the development of a comprehensive context statement serving as a framework for understanding the architectural and historical significance of properties located in these survey areas. The on-site survey work was completed using an iPad and customized survey software.

Two important findings of the survey was the eligibility of two of the residential subdivisions for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. This project was funded by a Certified Local Government Grant from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.