Historic Home Program

Featured Historic Home

The Mitchell Heintz House

Mitchell and Catherine Heintz were the original owners of this Folk Victorian home built in 1891. Mitchell owned 80 acres of farmland and in 1882 is indicated to have “gone into harness” with George Evans Downer (grandson of Pierce Downer, founder of Downers Grove).

The Downers Grove Museum and the Downers Grove Historical Society are proud to present the Downers Grove Historic Home Program (HHP). This program aims to preserve the history of Downers Grove homes and educate the community about research and preservation.

Recognition of historic homes in Downers Grove started with the Centennial Home Program in 1984. As the name implies, the focus at that time was on homes over 100 years old. In 2016, the program was recast as the Historic Home Program. The program was expanded to include homes that were over 50 years old and improved guidelines for researching homes. 

The application form mentioned below describes the requirements that need to be met in order for a home to be recognized as a historic home.  After the homeowner completes the application, it is reviewed by Historic Home Program Committee. Upon approval of the application, a plaque for the house is provided free of charge by the Historical Society and Museum.Historic Home Program

The Downers Grove Historic Home Program is separate and distinct from the Village of Downers Grove Historic Preservation Program. The Downers Grove Historic Home Program is strictly honorary and does not limit the homeowner from making external alterations to the home. Additionally, the program does not qualify homeowners for any type of financial incentives such as property tax assessment freezes or tax rebates.

Should your home be recognized as a Historic Home?

Have more questions? Email us: [email protected] or call the Downers Grove Museum at 630-963-1309
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