CoHo's 3rd Annual Fundraiser



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We cordially invite you to join City of Homes Organization, Inc’s (“CoHo”) for our annual fundraiser to benefit the Heart of Berwyn Historic Neighborhood Campaign!

For just $50.00, you will be supporting continued progress toward listing the Heart of Berwyn Historic Neighborhood on the National Register of Historic Places (see details below). Since last year’s fundraiser, the City of Berwyn has secured funding through a matching grant from the Illinois Preservation Agency (IHPA) with 70% reimbursement and 30% local match provided by CoHo. In addition, the city has selected a consultant to prepare the application. The initial draft is scheduled for submission to the IHPA March 2015.

Annual Honors
At this event, CoHo will honor Beverly and Trent Weable with the “CoHo Award” for their outstanding commitment to Berwyn’s historic housing stock.

An integral part of the Berwyn Bungalow Preservation Initiative team, Beverly and Trent surveyed Berwyn’s bungalow neighborhoods and conducted initial research that led to the development of a simplified process to nominate homes for local landmark designation. Their hard work provided the building blocks for the Heart of Berwyn Historic Neighborhood Campaign.

Thursday, October 16, 2014
6 pm. to 9 pm

Fitzgerald’s Side Bar
6615 Roosevelt Road Berwyn, IL

A great evening of quality entertainment, including:

  • Open bar with wine and Fitzgerald’s excellent beer selection
  • Food from Tamale Hut Café
  • Live entertainment by Lady T Jazz Quintet
  • Raffle drawings
  • An opportunity to learn about the Heart of Berwyn Historic Neighborhood Campaign
  • An opportunity to meet fellow enthusiasts of historically significant homes and adaptive reuse

A Commitment to CoHo is a Commitment to Community
Founded in 2011, CoHo, a 501(c)(3) corporation, is dedicated to promoting the preservation, redevelopment, adaptive reuse and continued viability of Berwyn’s historic housing stock. Its goal is to make Berwyn the primary destination in the Chicago area for families and individuals seeking an affordable, walkable, location-efficient and transit orientated community.

With donor support and volunteer commitment, CoHo spearheaded the Berwyn Bungalow Preservation Initiative and completed the initial survey of Berwyn’s housing stock which served as a catalyst to pursue National Register of Historic Places designation. CoHo has partnered with the City of Berwyn to make the historic district come to fruition. In October 2012, the Berwyn City Council passed the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) Comprehensive Plan.

A cornerstone of this bold plan is to designate the area between Cermak Road and the Depot as a historic district in order to preserve and protect Berwyn’s most important and attractive asset – its housing stock. Subsequently, CoHo worked with the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA) to identify a district within the area proposed in the CMAP Comprehensive Plan that would meet the criteria for National Register Nomination. Based on the IHPA recommendation, the area between Cermak Road (north), 26th Street (South), Ridgeland Ave. (east) and Maple Ave. (west) was selected for nomination to the National Register.

CoHo worked with the City of Berwyn to secure a grant from the IHPA to hire a consultant to survey and research homes within the proposed historic district and prepare the application to be submitted for nomination. The nomination will create one of the largest Bungalow Historic Districts in the United States.

Placement of the area on the National Register will help preserve and protect Berwyn’s housing stock, raise awareness of its neighborhood boundaries and historic importance. Such acknowledgement paves the way for appropriate and much needed homeowner investment in Berwyn’s homes that can be assisted with available historic property tax assessment freeze. In addition, National Register designation enhances the Berwyn “brand” promoted by the Berwyn Development Corporation’s “Why Berwyn” and “Berwyn Style” campaigns.