We cordially invite you to join City of Homes Organization, Inc.’s (“CoHo”) for the our annual fundraiser to benefit Heart of Berwyn Historic Neighborhood Campaign!
For just $50.00, you will be providing valuable support to our Campaign (see details below). Your contribution will be used to help us hire the consultants and pay for the other resources we will need to ultimately identify and nominate historic districts in the Heart of Berwyn to the National Register of Historic Places.
Saturday, October 5, 2013
3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
3414 S. Oak Park Ave., Berwyn, IL. This classic American Queen Ann Victorian Home was built in 1901. The home has all the classic Victorian features: bay windows, leaded glass, dentils, beautiful columns, cornices, portico, wrap-around porch, and turrets. The yard will feature a Victorian pergola, statues, fountain, and beautiful manicured trees and flowers. Jaime and Lizet Flores, key supporters of CoHo and the Berwyn community, are only the third owners of this grand home.
What do you get?
An afternoon and evening of quality entertainment, including:
• A silent auction.
• Open bar with beer and wine.
• Food from Tamale Hut Café.
• An opportunity to learn about the Heart of Berwyn Historic Neighborhood Campaign, the Berwyn Bungalow Preservation Initiative, and other exciting CoHo programs.
• An opportunity to meet fellow enthusiasts of historically significant homes and adaptive reuse.
The fundraiser also will honor Senator Martin Sandoval (11th district), who passed a resolution honoring the Berwyn Bungalow and proclaiming the first week in May as Bungalow Appreciation Week in Illinois.
How do I get there?
The event is easily accessible via public transit and car:
• BNSF Metra to Oak Park Avenue. Walk 0.3 mile south to event.
• CTA Green or Blue Line to Oak Park Avenue, Pace 311 bus (Oak Park Avenue) south to Oak Park/34th Street. Walk 0.1 mile south to event.
• I-290 or I-55 to Harlem Avenue. Harlem to 29th Street. 29th St. east 1 block to Maple Avenue. Street parking available on Maple and 29th Street.
Plenty of parking will be available in the Citizens Bank parking lot located northeast of the event.
Background — Why we need your support?
The Berwyn City Council passed the City’s Comprehensive Plan in October 2012. A cornerstone of this bold plan is to designate the area between Cermak Road and the Depot District as a historic district in order to preserve and protect our City’s most important and attractive asset – its housing stock.
CoHo – a 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to promoting the preservation, redevelopment, adaptive reuse and continued viability of Berwyn’s historic housing stock and in making Berwyn the primary destination in the Chicago area for families and individuals seeking an affordable, walkable, location-efficient and transit orientated community – will partner with the City to make the historic district come to fruition. To do this, CoHo will have to survey and inventory the proposed area, work with the Illinois Historic Preservation Commission, submit nominating materials to the U.S. Department of the Interior, and perform several other steps in order to nominate the area to the National Register of Historic Places. Our Fundraiser will be the official kick-off to this challenging but important endeavor.
The nomination will create one of the largest Historic Districts in the United States. The placement of the area on the National Register will not only help preserve and protect our housing stock, but it will raise awareness of our City’s neighborhoods’ boundaries and historic importance, enhance the Berwyn “brand” which the Berwyn Development Corporation and the “Why Berwyn” advertising campaign have built over the past several years, and pave the way for appropriate and much needed investment in our City’s homes that can be assisted with available historic rehabilitation tax credits!
Pease visit our website at www.cityofhomes.org to learn more about the Heart of Berwyn Historic Neighborhood Campaign!
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City of Homes Organization
The CITY OF HOMES ORGANIZATION (CoHo) is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation that is dedicated to promoting the preservation, redevelopment, adaptive reuse and continued viability of Berwyn’s historic housing stock. Its goal is to make Berwyn the primary destination in the Chicago area for families and individuals seeking an affordable, walkable, location-efficient and transit orientated community.