Award for Restoration

E. M. West House and Grounds


This Italianate house was constructed in 1858 for E.M. West, a delegate to the 1848 Illinois Constitutional Convention who was instrumental in securing Edwardsville as the county seat. In 1940 the house was converted into a funeral home. In 2004, the owners of a neighboring Walter Burley Griffin-designed residence purchased the house and over the next two-and-a-half years, returned the structure to its 1860s appearance by rebuilding and recasting ornamental elements on both the interior and exterior, and replacing the large parking lot with natural landscaping.

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