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Statewide Endangered

2012 Ten Most Endangered Historic Places 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maywood Home for Soldiers’ Widows

224 N. First Ave., Maywood
(Cook County)
 

This handsome Georgian Revival building was constructed by the Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic in 1924. It was designed by Francis E. Dunlap and exhibits simple red brick, 2-story facades with Classical detailing and a screened portico facing the Des Plaines River. Vacant since a minor fire in 2003, it has been owned by the Village since 2008. Although the village accepted a redevelopment proposal in 2010 there has been no progress since that time. The Maywood Historic Preservation Commission is now concerned that the building may be demolished to make way for new development rather than incorporating this piece of Maywood’s history into the revitalization of an important intersection at 1st Avenue and Lake Street.

Maywood has a long history of caring for veterans and their families. It was the community that felt the largest impact from the fatalities of the Bataan Death March during World War II. The Hines Veterans Administration Hospital is an important presence on Maywood’s western border. The Maywood Soldiers’ Widows Home was founded in 1912 and was first located in a large house before moving to this building in 1924. The Home was sold to private owners in the 1970s who used it to house adults with mental illness. A small kitchen fire in 2003 closed the facility down.

Although the Village would like to see the Home become part of a new development it has been difficult to attract imaginative proposals that will be financially successful. The vacant land next door is currently being marketed separately from the Home, making it more difficult to attract developers to the Home’s restricted site. As the owner of numerous historically significant buildings, the Village should partner with its Historic Preservation Commission to plan for the future of these important community assets.
 

What You Can Do

 

Urge Maywood officials to put together a viable plan for the entire site, including the Maywood Home for Soldiers’ Widows.

 

Additional Links

 

Chicago Tribune
April 24, 2012

 

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

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