Living History

Preservation keeps history alive. Please explore some historic buildings fulfilling their original purpose or through adaptive reuse. The address link goes to the location on google maps.

48 E Jefferson Ave: Dr. Truitt practiced medicine for over 50 years and helped establish the city hospital. His Prairie School home was built in 1916.
109 N Washington St: Willard Scott, Jr. operated Scott's General Store and the Naperville Hotel. His 1867 home is now home to professional offices.
151 N Ellsworth St: This 1896 Queen Anne was home to Charles L Schwartz.
232 E Chicago Ave: WONC Radio is an adaptive reuse of the Julian and Theresa Riedy Home.
221 W Jefferson Ave: This c. 1870 Italianate home was home to Philip A. Strubler, a successful businessman and DuPage County sheriff.
750 Aurora Ave: This home is now the Pennywise Resale Shoppe.
126 N Wright St: Circa. 1917, this craftsman home was built for P. E. Kroehler, the head of Kroehler Manufacturing Company and two-time mayor. In the 1950s it became part of North Central College and later part or Little Friends campus. With its sale in 2020, it will be redeveloped as a 2-unit town home.
10 N Brainard St: In 1908 this Georgian Revival structure was buit as a Carnegie Libary to serve as North Central College's library. It is now their technology building.
110 S Washington St: The 1897 Richardsonian Romanasque old Nichols Library was donated to the city by James L Nichols and designed by Mifflin E. Bell. It was landmarked in 2017.
14 S Washington St: The Gothic Revival German Evangelical Church was built in 1899 and is now the Naperville Woman's Club.
5 S Washington St: The Naperville Post Office, built 1939-40, is now the home to Naperville Bank & Trust.
216-218 S Main St: Joseph Naper, the town's founder, built and ran his General Store starting in 1847.
1155 S Washington St: Modaff House is a lovely limestone home that is now the McQuillan Law offices.
443 Aurora Ave: The Bud Goetsch home, c. 1960, is a Midcentury Modern home designed by architect John S. Van Bergen. It is now the Millennium Carillon Visitor Center.
237 W Jefferson Ave: Better known as the 'Middleton House', the Charles E Heydon home, a 1908 Queen Anne style home, is now C'zar Salon Spa.
1025 Aurora Ave: The James Gregson Wright Home was built in 1847, but is better known as "Wil-o-way Manor" after it was purchased by the Polivka family in the 1940s. In 1990 it was renovated into the tapas restaurant, Meson Sabika.
630 N Washington St: Another example of adaptive reuse is the Liposuction and Cosmetic Surgery.
329 E School St: Kiekhofer Hall was buil in1913 in the Collegiate Gothic Revival style. Part of North Central College, this hall was renovated in 2006 and seats 150.
43 E Jefferson: This 1845 Greek Revival home was built for Judd Kendall. Known as the Jefferson Hill shops, it now now houses Quiqley's Irish Pub and Green Basil Vietnamese restaurant.
320 E Chicago Ave: J. L. Nichols House, c. 1890, was the home of J. L. Nichols who donated funds for Naperville's first public library.
245 S Washington St: Charlie Burgess’ Standard Oil Gas Station became Bev Frier's Music Store and went on to become various restaurants.It is now as Jimmy's Grill.
25W463 Hobson Rd: This one room school house built in 1928 is now a cooperative nursery school.
105 N Ellsworth St: This 1870 Italianate home was built for hardware merchant William Hillegas and later purchased by North Central College Professor Harold E. White.
736 N Washington St: This adorable cobblestone craftsman lives on as Handlebars Cycling Gym.
25 E Benton Ave: The first Congregational Church was designed in 1906 by M.J. Morehouse.
19 N Washington St: Once a Gas Station, it is now the lovely Fiamme restaurant.
22 S Ellsworth St: The Adam Metz House is an Italianate built c. 1875.
301 N Washington St: Built in 1962 for Moser Lumber, it reopened in 2001 as the DuPage Children's Museum.
10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd: Clow Farmhouse, c. 1844, was slated for demolition, but was deconstructed, moved, and rebuilt on the Conservation Foundation's McDonald Farm.
29 N Loomis St: Minus the smoke stake, the1907 boiler house was renovated into a coffee shop on the North Central College Campus.
18 W Jefferson Ave: This 1891 Richardsonian Romanesque was 1st the First National Bank and later became the first Naperville City Hall. Now it is the La Sorella Di Francesca restaurant.
610 S Main St: This home built in 1925 is as cute as a button.
475 River Bend Rd: This dairy barn is now an office building.
415 E Benton Ave: In 1880 this building started out as a ticket booth for boat rentals at Burlington Park. In 1927 it was moved, enlarged, and turned into a house.
15 S Sleight St: H. A. Unger built this Queen Anne home is 1883. Its was John A. West.
200 E 5th Ave: The former Kroehler Manufacturing building was built in 1913, renovated in 1988.It is home to businesses and apartments.
31 W Jefferson Ave: Lou Malnati's started life as a Fire Station!
34 S Washington St: In 1909 Naperville residents raised more than $26,000 in 15 days for the construction of the Kroehler YMCA. The cornerstone was set on Memorial Day 1910, and the YMCA opened to the public 10 months later.
Dairy Queen
1002 N Washington St: Sometimes iconic architecture can be found hiding in plain sight - wearing a bright shiny red and blue paint job, like this Dairy Queen on Washington!
320 E School St: Oesterle Library was built in 1954 and designed by Gustave Orth of the Chicago firm Fugard, Burt, Wilkinson, and Orth.
23W171 Hobson Rd: This clapboard farmhouse, Oak Cottage, was built by the Greene Family. Rooms were added as needs determined. The timber frame barn is the largest in DuPage.
1212 S Washington St: Pioneer Park contains a bridge with original limestone abutments, a shelter built by the CCC, and the Hobson Grist Millstone Monument.
Book Rd south of Hassert Blvd: Riverview Farmstead contains a limestone farmhouse and timber frame barn built by the Clow Family.