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Housewalk: "Preserving Our Past"

Sunday, May 17, 2015
1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
$40 in advance for museum members, $50 in advance for non-members


The Wilmette Historical Society is pleased to announce its 28th annual Spring Housewalk. This year’s housewalk, “Preserving Our Past,” celebrates four homes whose current owners’ preservation and restoration efforts show great respect for the architecture, history and character of the home and the community.

Each of the featured homes is at least a century old and tells a unique story. The earliest home is an elegant, Colonial Revival house built by an early settler who served on the first village board in 1872.  The second home features beautiful Arts and Crafts elements and has been sensitively restored by the current owners. Not to be missed is the third home by the noted Prairie School firm of Tallmadge and Watson whose grounds include the remains of a Jens Jensen landscape design. The final home was a probable teardown that has been transformed by a young architect into a jewel of a modern family residence.

The housewalk is a fun event for history buffs, home remodelers, and for those who are just curious and enjoy a good story.  Participants will receive an informative booklet about the history of the homes and neighborhoods. Guides will be on hand to provide interior tours detailing the interesting histories and beautiful, architectural elements that give each home its unique character.

Ticket Information

"Preserving our Past" is the Wilmette Historical Society’s annual fundraiser to support the work of the Museum in preserving our village's past. Advance ticket sales online are no longer available.  You may still buy tickets at the Museum on Sunday, May 17th, 12:30-2:30 pm.  Ticket prices are now $50 for Museum members, $60 for non-members, and $25 for students.

Tickets are not mailed in advance. Tickets will be available for purchase and pickup at the Museum on Sunday, May 17 from 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Thank you to our Housewalk Sponsors:


AAA Rodriguez Plumbing, Chalet Landscape & Garden Center, de Giulio Kitchen Design,

Don Olson Insurance Agency, and Nature's Perspective Landscaping