797 Oakwood Avenue

Year of award: 
2010
Award category: 
Rehabilitation
Year built: 
c. 1895
Restoration architect: 
Lake Forest Landmark Development

This residence, which is sited on property that was captioned as the Devilo Holt subdivision, was built about 1895. The original owner of the home is not known. A comparison of Sanborn fire insurance maps for the years 1917 and 1929 indicate a front porch was added to the home and what appears to be a garage was erected at the rear of the property. The years that followed were not kind. The dwelling fell into disrepair and could have been classed as a “tear down.” The homeowners, however, recognized an opportunity to restore a period residence’s charm and undertook a masterful rehabilitation of the home.