Zook Home and
Katherine Legge Memorial Park, 5941 S. County Line
Rd., Hinsdale (DuPage County)
Just two months after being
targeted for demolition, a unique complex of structures designed by
architect R. Harold Zook was saved and relocated by the Hinsdale
Historical Society to a village park two miles south. The complex included
an English Cotswold Cottage-style residence, an architecture studio, and a
garden wall—all of which were designed in 1924 for Zook’s own use.
A Hinsdale resident from
1889 to 1949, Zook was one of the most prolific residential architects
in the western suburbs.
His commercial designs
include the St. Charles City Hall and the Pickwick Theater in Park Ridge. The Zook Home and Studio had
been listed as one of the Ten Most Endangered
Historic Places in March
2005. The resultant publicity helped to generate widespread publicity,
public support, and private donations to save the structures. The project
subsequently received a Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award
for Advocacy in October 2005 from Landmarks Illinois.
house c. 1924, March 2005, Zook main house during move May 2005.