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33rd Annual Spring Housewalk

Sunday, May 17, 2020

This year’s housewalk, "Turn of the Century to the Roaring 20's" features four beautiful historic homes in east Wilmette that exemplify the range of historic architectural styles in the village. Housewalk highlights include antique light fixtures, an original organ, beautiful gardens, family heirlooms, fabulous artwork, and fascinating stories about the development of the neighborhood and the families who have lived in these homes.

Housewalk ticket-holders will be able to tour inside a spectacular 1920s house designed by Philip Maher, a lovely Colonial Revival home from the early 1900s, an elegant Arts & Crafts home, and a recently renovated home. Restoration and preservation of older homes help retain the community’s cultural and visual diversity and reuse existing resources, supporting the goal of creating a sustainable future for the village.

Guides will be on hand to enhance the interior tours with details about the history and beautiful, architectural elements that give each home its unique character.  An informative brochure about the history, architecture, and early owners of the four homes is included in the ticket price. The housewalk is a great event for history buffs, home remodelers, and for those who are just curious and would enjoy an afternoon stroll and a fun outing.

The Spring Housewalk is held each year to support the work of the Wilmette Historical Museum in preserving our village’s past. Tickets purchased by Monday, May 11th at 5:00 p.m. receive a discount and are $40 for Museum members; $50 for non-members; and $25 for students in grades 3 or above.  (This event is not appropriate for younger children.)  Starting on Tuesday, May 12th, tickets are $50 for Museum members, $60 for non-members and $25 for students. For further information or to purchase tickets, please visit, call (847) 853-7666, or stop by the Museum, 609 Ridge Road, Sunday through Thursday, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.  In the event this event is cancelled, all money will be refunded.

The Museum appreciates the generous support of Cook Architectural Design Studio; Craig Bergmann Landscape Design, Inc; de Giulio kitchen design; Hanson Roofing, Inc.; Morgante Wilson Architects; Nature’s Perspective Landscaping; North Shore Community Bank and Trust; Plaza del Lago; and R.H. Witt Heating Cooling Electric; all sponsors of this year’s housewalk.