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Local home recognized for Landmark status

Madhu Mayer | 5/23/2018, 3:52 p.m.

A home on Main Street in Plainfield has been bestowed the prestigious landmark status.

The Plainfield Village Board granted approval of the property at 24038 W. Main St. as a local historic landmark, citing it is an example of a single-family Greek Revival influence. The house is known as Plainfield House/Halfway House, located on an one-acre lot on Main Street (Route 126) just west of Route 59 in downtown Plainfield.

Associate planner Kendra Kuehlem of the Village of Plainfield said the home was nominated for landmark status with a period of significance from 1834 to 1907. Some of the criteria the Plainfield Historic Preservation Commission considered prior to recommending landmark status to the Village Board was the property's character, interest or value and its contribution to the community's culture and heritage; and having elements of design, detailing, materials or craftsmanship that are of architectural significance. The historic preservation commission is an appointed advisory group that makes recommendations to the elected Plainfield Village Board.

Resident Maribel Contrino, who lives in downtown Plainfield, said she is glad homes like the one in her neighborhood are recognized.

"I moved into Plainfield not for the newer subdivisions, but for the houses that have character and beauty," she said. "I am glad the village takes time to recognize properties like these, which are local treasures."

Getting the landmark status also means that the house is suitable for preservation or restoration and is included in the National Register of Historic Places, according to Kuehlem.

A 2005 Historic Urban Survey also identified the property as a contributing building for a local landmark district, she added.