Ingersoll house is a historic landmark for Plainfield area
By Madhu Mayer Correspondent October 23, 2013 9:56PM
The 11/2-story house on 24010 W Commercial was constructed about 1834 by Chester Ingersoll, one of Plainfield’s founders. | Supplied photo
Updated: November 25, 2013 12:32PM
A house in Plainfield dating to before the Civil War has been declared a historic landmark.
Village trustees on Monday night designated the home, 24010 Commercial St., which is owned by Clayton and Debra Olsen. The 11/2-story house was constructed about 1834 by Chester Ingersoll, one of Plainfield’s founders.
Village planner Michael Garrigan said the house is an “excellent example” of the Greek-revival style and “reflects the period during which it was constructed.”
Garrigan said Ingersoll purchased 160 acres at $1.25 per acre in October 1833, platted a portion of the village and began advertising lots for sale by the following year. The original village layout included 13 blocks bounded by present-day Lockport, Division, Ottawa and Chicago streets.
Garrigan said the Ingersoll house previously did not qualify for landmark designation because it had synthetic siding on its exterior, but that was removed in 2011, making it eligible for such status. Despite its age, little of the house’s original architectural detail has been lost, he said.
“Many of the original windows remain, and the eave details are largely intact,” Garrigan said. “In addition, most of the original architectural details remain, and the exterior has been largely unaltered in more than 175 years.”
On another historical note, Michael Bortel, chairman of the village’s historic preservation commission, said Lockport Street between James Street and Illinois 59 has been included in the National Register of Historic Places.
Bortel said Plainfield is the 15th municipality in the state to be featured in the registry. He said the designation will allow downtown business owners to obtain federal grant money for interior or exterior rehabilitation of their buildings.