New Lenox wants home designated as landmark
BY ERIN GALLAGHER Correspondent June 16, 2013 5:38PM
Updated: July 18, 2013 6:09AM
New Lenox officials hope to have the Francis-Walker House designated as a Will County landmark.
The village board last week approved an ordinance designating it a historically significant structure and granting the authority to Will County to designate the residence as a county landmark.
“I always talk about how important it is to remember our past and where we came from,” Mayor Tim Baldermann said.
The house, at 519 E. Francis Road, was built in 1867 and modernized in 2002, according to real estate materials presented to the board. It has just under 3,000 square feet of living space, plus a full basement, a three-car garage and a separate studio.
It was originally built by a farmer, George Francis, who was the 10th child of Abraham and Mary Francis. In 1939, Daniel Walker, from Wilmington, rented the farmland because his was surrendered for the construction of the Joliet Arsenal. Walker was allowed to bring his Quonset hut, a prefabricated structure, to the property.
Architecturally, the front portion of the house and the chimney are original. Additions were built onto the back.