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Memorial Library

102 E. Wesley St., Wheaton (DuPage County)



This Richardsonian Romanesque structure was designed in 1891 by noted architect Charles Sumner Frost to house Wheatonís first public library. It is located across the street from a city park named in honor of the libraryís founder, John Quincy Adams (a cousin of his presidential namesake.) The second-floor auditorium was the original childrenís reading room and features a barrel-vaulted ceiling and stained glass windows. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of AIA-Illinoisí Top 150 Great Places.


When a new city library was constructed in 1965, the DuPage County Historical Society purchased the building for use as a museum. At the time, the county agreed to hire a curator and pay operational expenses. However, in the past two years the museumís budget has been cut by 50 percent and county officials are contemplating their options, which include liquidating the collections and closing the facility. If the building is closed, its future could be in jeopardy since it is not a locally protected landmark.





To help replenish funding sources for the museum, donations can be made to the DuPage County Historical Museum Association. If you are interested in volunteering for fundraising and special events please contact the associationís president, Veronica Porter, at veronica.porter@sbcglobal.net or call the museum directly at 630-682-7343.








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