Naperville’s Oak Cottage added to endangered historic places list


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Naperville’s Oak Cottage, a significant piece of DuPage County’s agricultural history, has been added to the 2023 list of most endangered historic places in Illinois by Landmarks Illinois. 

The forest preserve district, which owns the property, is considering demolishing the cottage for open space if a third party doesn’t propose a viable reuse for it. 

The cottage was built in 1850 as a family home for early settler William Briggs Greene, and it’s one of the oldest surviving farmhouses in Naperville. 

Naperville Preservation’s president, Becky Simon, said Oak Cottage’s preservation is essential to keep the area’s cultural heritage alive.

You can sign a petition and check out other local landmarks in danger here.


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