Kenilworth debates seeking historic s...

Kenilworth debates seeking historic status for the whole town

There are 38 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from May 21, 2008, titled Kenilworth debates seeking historic status for the whole town. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Over the objection of some residents, Kenilworth 's Village Board voted 4-1 Tuesday night to ask that the entire town be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Dan - War Zone

Chicago, IL

#1 May 21, 2008
Riverside, Illinois, designed in the mid 1800s by Olmstead & Vaux was also added to the NRHP in 1969. That's three.
joebagadonuts

Chicago, IL

#3 May 21, 2008
the town is extremely historical-its racism and anti-semitism goes way back. so much so that it should be designated a historical town...in kentucky.
Depot Jim

United States

#4 May 21, 2008
This is an extreme reaction to the tear downs and over development by greedy and zealous developers. I am happy to see the Kenilworth Board has the courage to stand up to those developers. Unfortunately in my home town of Northbrook our Village President and some of the Board Members are in bed with them. They are the developers best friend.
Robert

Saint Louis, MO

#5 May 21, 2008
What a Great Idea! it's about time that someone or somebody does something about the destruction of our past. The character of the North Shore needs to be embraced and not destroyed.
juan faneca -- fanequilla

Chicago, IL

#7 May 21, 2008
Argh. Why not give some new architects a chance? Most of those junky old Frank Lloyd Wright projects are crumbling away anyway. Someone gave him a chance in his day, stop worshipping him and let it be someone else's turn.
Naperville Joe

Chicago Heights, IL

#11 May 21, 2008
How about some real reporting?
This has been a problem lately with the Trib.
Instead of just writing up a he-said, she-said, how about finding what the truth is. What does a National Historic designation mean?
Instead, we are left to figure it out for ourselves.
AS for the actual issue, make some restrictions on size, and designate certain areas if residents request it. Outside of that, leave it up to individual property owners as to what they want to do with THEIR property.
Not for this

United States

#12 May 21, 2008
The issue is being ramroded through. Ramrod.
ernest t bass

Chicago, IL

#13 May 21, 2008
Not for this wrote:
The issue is being ramroded through. Ramrod.
Ramrod; Springsteen, The River, 1980. Not the best cut on the album, but better than the ever-so-gay Dancing in the Dark. Thx for the memory.

Oh yeah, historical designations are for those who don't want to buy something but want to tell people who do, what they can do with it.
Depot Jim

United States

#14 May 21, 2008
juan faneca -- fanequilla wrote:
Argh. Why not give some new architects a chance? Most of those junky old Frank Lloyd Wright projects are crumbling away anyway. Someone gave him a chance in his day, stop worshipping him and let it be someone else's turn.
Kenilworth is not full of Frank Lloyd Wright designed houses. Although there are a few Wright houses on the North Shore I suggest you go to Oak Park to see those houses. In fact there are walking tours of the architecture of Oak Park.
Not for this

United States

#15 May 21, 2008
Ramrod is a line from the film Super Troopers.
juan faneca -- fanequilla

Chicago, IL

#16 May 21, 2008
Thank for your invitation but I must decline as I don't like the idea of risking my life while driving through the gross surrounding areas.

By the way, please read more carefully next time before you comment on someone else's posting.
Doug

Highland Park, IL

#17 May 21, 2008
Glad to see Lake Forest doesn't have a monopoly on insane rich people.
pompus pricks

Addison, TX

#18 May 21, 2008
You are all so very special
WestSideTommy

Batavia, OH

#19 May 21, 2008
Nice irony here; a town full of greedy rich people putting down greedy developers. I guess it's OK to be a greedy developer if you live in Kenilworth but leave it alone and develop somewhere else.
Riley

Springfield, IL

#20 May 21, 2008
Depot Jim wrote:
This is an extreme reaction to the tear downs and over development by greedy and zealous developers. I am happy to see the Kenilworth Board has the courage to stand up to those developers. Unfortunately in my home town of Northbrook our Village President and some of the Board Members are in bed with them. They are the developers best friend.
I'm with you Jim, I too grew up in Northbrook and am deeply saddened by the destruction of a once beautiful town. There were still farms, stables, brooks, streams, and open space when I was growing up. I really miss that place.
Fender

Chicago, IL

#21 May 21, 2008
The national register of historic places is a nice deisgnation that really doesn't mean a whole lot. Sheffield neighborhood in Lincoln Park was placed on the register of historic places back in the 1970's I now wonder if that designation should be rescinded based on all the new construction.
CTM

North Royalton, OH

#22 May 21, 2008
I hold an MA in Historic Preservation from Boston University and more than 25 years of experience in preservation, historic designations, historic districts and National Register work - on the East Coast. I have lived on the North Shore for 12 years. This area is about 30 years behind the times. The same issues are being raised that we refuted and invalidated all those years ago - such as "property taxes will go up" - "property values will go down" - "property-owners will lose control of their property". Think of what Boston's Back Bay and Beacon Hill, Nantucket and Annapolis, as examples, would be if informed and more level heads hadn't prevailed in these locations. I served on a board to create a Historic District on Michigan Avenue and there weren't enough contributive buildings left. That was at the time of the Rand-McNally debacle. Things haven't gotten any better. As always, those with the biggest mouths and the most prone to personal gain are the least informed.
enuf

Arlington Heights, IL

#23 May 21, 2008
The Sheffield National Historic District was created
in 1978. It extended from Fullerton south to Wisconsin, and Lincoln Avenue west to Lakewood.
It has been trashed by developers-some blocks are
still good while many are atrocious. There was no
political leadership to stand against teardown mania.

Without legal protection such recognition means little.
Good luck to Keniworth.
bruce-e

Chicago, IL

#24 May 21, 2008
What are these people scared of in kenilworth?!? The Natioanl Register of Historic Places is neither "restrictive" nor "irrevocable" as stated by the opponents. It would only be local statues that place restricitions on the individual for commmon good of the public.
rickster

Darien, IL

#25 May 21, 2008
Howcome Ford Heights or Riverdale isnt added as a historical suburb?

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