City of Homes Brings it Home with Historic District Ribbon Cutting and Annual Fundraiser Thursday, October 1, 2015

Join the City of Homes Organization (CoHo) on Thursday, October 1, 2015 for a ribbon cutting ceremony and annual fundraiser to celebrate  the new Central Berwyn Bungalow Historic District.

The ribbon cutting ceremony will start at 4:00 PM with city and state officials at Grove Avenue and Riverside Drive, Berwyn Illinois.  All  are welcome to attend.

The annual fundraiser will immediately follow the ceremony at the Big Hurt Brew House, 6801 West Cermak Road, Berwyn,  Illinois.  The evening will include great music, delicious food and open bar.  You may purchase tickets here.

This year we are pleased to recognize the following organization and Berwyn residents for their advocacy and commitment to the preservation of Berwyn’s historic housing stock:

CoHo Advocacy Award–Illinois Preservation Agency, Preservation Division

CoHo Stewardship Award–David Olson and Rick Torres.

Your ticket purchase and donations help support CoHo’s continuing work in preserving Berwyn’s historic housing stock, and its efforts in promoting Berwyn as the primary destination in the Chicagoland area for families and individuals seeking affordable, walkable, location-efficient and transit orientated community.

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Happy Bungalow Appreciation Week

May is National Preservation Month, and in Berwyn and the rest of Illinois, during the first week of May, we celebrate a historical building type that provides Berwyn its unique character and sense of place; the Chicago Style Bungalow. 

In March of this year, the City of Homes Organization worked with State Senator Sandoval to declare the first week of May Bungalow Appreciation Week in Illinois.  This declaration will further our mission to promote the preservation, redevelopment, adaptive reuse and continued viability of Berwyn’s historic housing stock and recognize the bungalow as an integral part of our community.

Our efforts to celebrate Bungalow Appreciation Week this year are humble, we’re planning a Berwyn Bikes and Bungalows ride on Saturday May 5 to highlight our bungalows and livable streets (May is also National Bike Month).  However, we are working with American Bungalow Magazine to reach out to other communities and start an effort for a National Bungalow Appreciation Week; we hope that by this time next year there will be bungalow appreciation events from coast to coast, and as Svengoolie says, “it came from Berwyn.”

Bungalow Appreciation Week

FIRST WEEK OF MAY DECLARED BUNGALOW APPRECIATION WEEK IN ILLINOIS:

Berwyn, IL – It’s no secret that the bungalow has played a significant role in the City of Berwyn’s history with hundreds built in Berwyn between 1920 and 1930. For over a century, the bungalow has provided Berwyn residents with many benefits including home ownership, walkable neighborhoods and convenient access to Chicago.

The City of Berwyn continues to encourage its bungalow owners by providing resources to help with the restoration of their homes. Berwyn’s bungalows have been honored in several publications including American Bungalow Magazine and This Old House Magazine.

In order to celebrate the bungalow, a state senate resolution was read in the 97th General Assembly of the State of Illinois on March 8, 2012 proclaiming the first week in May as Bungalow Appreciation Week in the State of Illinois.

Berwyn resident and Chairman of the board of the City of Homes Organization (COHO) Nasri AbiMansour stated “The declaration of Bungalow Appreciation week serves to remind us how central this particular style of housing is to providing Berwyn with its character and sense of place. For almost 100 years, these houses have served us as spacious, efficient and affordable homes. We hope that this declaration will encourage and promote their use for the next 100 years.”

Berwyn City Councilman Cesar Santoy who helped advance the legislation stated, “I am grateful and appreciative to work with State Senator Martin Sandoval to advance the adoption of the proclamation. Berwyn’s stock of bungalow houses are an integral part of our community. This initiative furthers our effort to recognize, maintain, and preserve our quality housing stock.”

Best Wishes from the City of Homes Organization

2011 has been a great year for the City of Homes Organization. What started as a grass roots effort to preserve and promote our bungalows quickly became a full-fledged 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting the preservation, redevelopment, adaptive reuse and continued viability of Berwyn’s historic housing stock.

So what have we done so far?

  1. We spearheaded Berwyn’s first ever presence at the Historic Chicago Bungalow and Green Home Expo at the Merchandise Mart.
  2. We supported the Why Berwyn outreach at Halsted Market Days
  3. We promoted Berwyn bungalows to a group of local real estate professionals and the Chicago Association of Realtor
  4. We received extensive media coverage (radio and print) of our efforts, including an article on the first page of the Chicago Tribune real estate section
  5. We received a Healthy People 2020 community innovations grant
  6. We presented three Bungalows on Tap seminars at Fitzgerald’s Nightclub
  7. We presented at a ward meeting, city council meetings, and an All Berwyn Committee meeting.
  8. We partnered with the Berwyn Historical Society at Oktoberfest
  9. We mapped all Berwyn blocks that are predominantly bungalow blocks
  10. We worked with the Berwyn Historic Preservation Commission to make it easier for homeowners to nominate their properties as local historic landmark, which in turn will allow them to take advantage of the Historic Property Tax Assessment Freeze.  
  11. We developed bungalow design guidelines with the assistance of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency

All of this would not have been possible without the support of our Board of Directors, our volunteers, and the businesses and organizations that support us. We would particularly like to thank the Berwyn Development Corporation, Fitzgerald’s Nightclub, Autre Monde Café and Spirits, Tamale Hut Café, the Community Bank of Oak Park and River Forest, Jack’s Rental and the Illinois Historical Preservation Agency, as well as our great volunteers for all their support.

City of Homes on Mighty House Radio Show

In case you missed it, there was a great interview by Rich Bruen on Mighty House about BBPI and the Bungalows on Tap event this past Saturday, June 25. 

A link to the interview is on the Mighty House Radio Show website: http://tinyurl.com/BBPIMightyhouse
It is about 2/3 into the segment.

Welcome

Mission: To promote the preservation, redevelopment, adaptive reuse and continued viability of Berwyn’s historic housing stock.

Vision: Berwyn will become the primary destination in the Chicago area for families and individuals seeking an affordable, livable, walkable, location-efficient and transit-oriented community.