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Historic Plaque Program

The Historical Society has two plaque programs that recognize historic buildings in Warrenville bounded by Mack Road, Ferry Road, Herrick Road, and Eola Road.

The Bronze Plaque Program was initiated in 1982. Under the direction of a Historic Sites Committee, bronze plaques were placed on buildings which met its criteria:

  • Pre-1866 erection date
  • Well-maintained condition
  • In an appropriate state.

The program was also extended to include historic sites.

By the end of the year, when In and Around Historic Warrenville was published, ten homes had been awarded plaques and were identified in the text with a symbol.  The following year, on May 29, a rock bearing a plaque was placed at the entrance of the Grist Mill site in the Warrenville Grove.

From 1985 to date seven more structures have been plaqued—the last one in 2005—for a total of 17.  Two are no longer standing—the Leonard store was demolished April 2, 2001, and the Dr. Mary Breme home June 20, 2003.  The Colonel’s Tavern was moved to Second Street on October 7, 1992 by the Warren Tavern Preservationists, and a plaque marking the original site was dedicated September 22, 2001.  Existing Plaque Homes

  • 28W310 Main Street – 1834
  • 3S540 Second Street – 1838
  • 3S432 Fourth Street – 1851
  • 3S511 Fourth Street - 1855
  • 3S481 Batavia Road – 1842
  • 28W332 Warrenville Road – 1845
  • 28W261 Main Street – 1858
  • 3S124 Winfield Road – 1852
  • 3S401 Batavia Road – 1849
  • 3S476 Fourth Street – 1851
  • 3S532 Batavia Road – 1849
  • 3S530 Second Street – 1858
  • 3S381 Winfield Road – 1838
  • 3S710 River Road – 1843
  • 27W227 Hoy Road – 1835

The Silver Plaque program was initiated in 2006. Under the direction of a Historic Sites Committee, silver plaques are placed on buildings which meet its criteria:

  • 1867-1899 erection date
  • Well-maintained condition
  • In an appropriate state.

Existing Silver plaques homes are:

  • 3S 457 Jackson Street - 1878
  • 3S 504 Fourth Street - 1868

If you believe your home may qualify for a plaque,  download an application form below.  Once plaqued, it will be noted that by agreement therein the plaque is to remain the property of the Society.

Attachments:
FileDescription
Download this file (Bronze-Plaque-Application.pdf)Bronze-Plaque-Application.pdf 
Download this file (HistoricSiteApplication.pdf)Silver Plaque ApplicationApply for a Silver Plaque