History

  • Berwyn Bungalow’s today

    Berwyn Bungalow’s today

    Berwyn has the most significant collection of Chicago-style bungalows in the nation. Traditionally, Berwyn Bungalows are one-story buildings with basement and attic, two to three bedrooms, and a living and dining room. Decorative details included oak woodwork and stained glass windows. The finances of the owner at the time they were built determined the specific […]

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  • South Oak Park

    South Oak Park

    At roughly the same time, still another community was developing on the north side of present day Berwyn, aided by “Honest John” Kelly. Located more than 1-1/2 miles north of the growing communities to its south, this area extended from Roosevelt Road to 16th Street and from Ridgeland to Harlem and was first known as […]

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  • LaVergne

    LaVergne

    LaVergne: Thomas Baldwin Berwyn’s development began in 1856 when Thomas Baldwin purchased 347 acres of land that he subdivided into large, 10-acre lots, hoping to market the idea that he named LaVergne as an all exclusive community for affluent residents. Baldwin invested heavily in this community; he built many roads and imported thousands of maple, […]

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