The Pines aka James Breasted House
Location: 4629 Highland Ave, Downers Grove, IL 60515
Date built: 1845
This is a Centennial Home

In 1845 John Marvin spent $2000 on this Centennial Home. Later a dining room and kitchen were added around 1873. In 1873 Charles Breasted moved in. James Henry Breasted, founder of the Oriental Institute at University of Chicago grew up here. He is also known as translator of King Tut’s Tomb, one of the most widely respected authorities on Egyptology in the 20th century. He graduated from Downers Lincoln School in 1879. In 1891 August B. Nourse purchased the home. The daughter, Alice Tisdale Hobart became known for her book “Oil For the Lamps of China” and her auto biography “Gutsy Child.”

Centennial Home submitted by: John and Mary Venning
Approved: 1995


4629 Highland Ave, Downers Grove, IL 60515

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