Please enjoy the following virtual tours of Naperville Historic places and interviews with people who work for preservation.
11. The Greenest Building is the One Already Standing!
In this presentation, Naperville Preservation board member Bill Simon of Naperville Preservation Inc. shows how total lifecycle carbon emissions can be reduced by repurposing existing buildings instead of building new from the ground up.
Bill is also with the Naperville Environment & Sustainability Task Force (NEST) community and gave this presentation at their January 16, 2023 meeting.Feb 17, 2023
10. Kreger's...Their Wurst Is the Best
A neighborhood corner grocery in the past, Kreger’s Brat and Sausage Haus is Naperville’s favorite sausage shop. At this store, located on the corner of 6th Avenue and Ellsworth, you can find 20-40 fresh and frozen varieties of sausage. In this video, you’ll learn how this Naperville institution came to be.
This video is brought to you by Naperville Preservation Inc., professionally produced by NCTV17, and paid for with SECA Funding through the City of Naperville.
9. Cool Mid-Century Naperville Home
Get the inside tour of this cool mid-century house in Naperville’s East Highlands subdivision. Jen and Adam have taken a very unique home by builder Don Tosi and made it even more interesting and cozy at the same time.Nov 24, 2022
8. Old Main — One of Naperville's Finest Buildings
North Central College’s Old Main is one of Naperville’s finest buildings. Over the last 150 years, Old Main has had a distinguished history and will continue to have an “unlimited future,” to quote past NCC president Hal Wilde.Jul 16, 2022
7. NCTV17's Spotlight presents Naperville Preservation Inc.
This NCTV17 Spotlight features Becky Simon, President and Jane Ory Burke, Director of Naperville Preservation Inc. They discuss the benefits and importance of historic preservation as well as Naperville Preservation Inc's role regarding historic preservation.Dec 31, 2021
6. Happy Holidays from Naperville Preservation
Please enjoy this holiday tour of a historic home in our very own Naperville Historic District.Dec 19, 2021
5. Virtual tour of Carillon Visitor Center
Check out Naperville’s Millennium Carillon Visitor Center, a repurposed midcentury modern home built by Bud Goetsch in 1948, as we toured it in May, 2021. The Netzleys bought the house in 1964, so most people now know it as the Netzley House. Sometime in the ‘80s or early ‘90s, the Naperville Park District purchased it.
The building illustrates the 3 fundamental elements of a building: the setting, its materials, and the building's scale.
The home’s architect was John Van Bergen, who worked briefly for Frank Lloyd Wright, supervising the construction of the Robie House. Van Bergen had his own practice from 1911 into the 1960s.Jun 26, 2021
3. Preservation at the Local Level
Learn about current historical preservation successes in Illinois! On 4/28/21, Naperville Preservation Inc. talked with Lisa DiChiera of Landmarks Illinois about
Historic preservation victories and losses in Illinois
Most endangered historic places in our state right now
Potential tax and economic benefits
Resources for homeowners
2. What Do You Know About the Historic Preservation Commission?
This webinar is for Naperville residents who want to learn how to work with the Naperville Historic Preservation Commission (HPC). On 2/18/21, Naperville Preservation Inc. talked with the City of Naperville's staff liaison for the Commission.Feb 19, 2021
1. Virtual tour of The Willard Scott House
It is one of those buildings that everyone recognizes! A landmark red brick Italianate built in 1867, it has been home to generations of Naperville’s leading citizens from several families. Congressman Harris Fawell held meetings there to organize formation of Naperville’s school districts and the Naperville Park District.
He also committed to preserving and restoring this beautiful building so well that it still has its original front doors, and the 19th century autographs inside the rooftop cupola have all been carefully preserved.
As another successful example of adaptive reuse, the Willard Scott House is home to several law offices and two generations of Fawell attorneys. Current co-owner, Bob Heap, generously allowed Naperville Preservation to film the interior for our first video.Nov 22, 2020