The Rhoderic Dhu Parker House
Location: 1131 Gilbert Ave, Downers Grove, IL 60515
Building style/form: Queen Anne
Date built: 1892
This home was one of five homes on the west side of Downers Grove that were recognized under the Downers Grove Historical Society Centennial Home Program, that were demolished and replaced by the Georgian Courts condominium community in 2003. This home was a Queen Anne style home. This home was accepted into the Historic Home Program under the name The Roderick Dhu Parker House. Roderick Dhu Parker, was a civil war drummer boy who saw his captain father killed in action.  As a boy of 13, and an employee of the old Western Newspaper Union, Mr. Parker helped to report Lincoln’s nomination in Chicago in 1860. In 1861 he answered the first call for volunteers as a drummer boy in the 42d Illinois Infantry, He was transferred to the 64th New York Volunteers in which his father, Frederick Parker, was a captain. Young Parker beating a drum at his father’s side when the latter fell at Fredericksburg. After the war Mr. Parker became a newspaper correspondent and a charter member of the first Chicago Press Club. He regularly attended G. A. R. encampments from 1879 until In 1936 he was the drum leader of the G.A.R. parade in Washington, D. C. He lived in Downers Grove for more than sixty years. Dr. Floyd and Shirley Mizener also lived in the building from 1955 to 1960. Dr. Floyd Mizener was a well known optometrist who was recognized as the Montrew Dunham Award Recipient in 2020.
Historic Home submitted by: Betsy Gurlacz
Approved: 1999


1131 Gilbert Ave, Downers Grove, IL 60515

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