Our guest contributor this week is Pat Barch, the Hoffman Estates Historian.  This column originally appeared in the December 2015 issue of the Hoffman Estates Citizen, the village’s newsletter.  The column appears here, courtesy of the Village of Hoffman Estates.

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In the spring of 2016, the building located at 1070 N. Roselle Rd. will be torn down to make way for a McDonald’s Restaurant. The building has been the home to many different businesses since it was constructed in 1971. It was constructed by Hoffman Homes, previously F & S Construction, the builders of Hoffman Estates. It was built as the first corporate headquarters in the town that had been named for the Hoffman family. They moved into their new headquarters in 1972.

Jack Hoffman, president of Hoffman Homes, didn’t want to build just homes. He wanted to build a complete community. First and foremost, he wanted to build homes that the returning World War II vets could afford. He knew the town would need shopping and office space, apartments and schools and places to have fun.

The homes started going up in 1955 with Parcel A, then across Higgins to Parcel B in 56 & 57. Twinbrook and Fairview Schools were the first of many schools in the newly developed neighborhoods. Conant High School, the first to be built in Schaumburg Township, was built in 1964.

Shopping was needed and Hoffman Plaza at Roselle Rd. between Golf and Higgins, opened in 1959 with a Jewel Food Store, much awaited by the community that had to travel to Roselle or Palatine to shop. A Walgreens Agency Drug Store (Snyder’s) doctor’s offices and other retail stores quickly filled the Plaza.

To continue the plan for a complete community, F & S. Construction built the Golf Rose Shopping Center across from Hoffman Plaza in 1963. Grant’s Department Store, National Tea Grocery Store and the Buttery Bakery were some of the much awaited new additions to the growing town. The Thunderbird Movie Theater came along a few years later. It was in this shopping center that F & S Construction, now known as Hoffman Homes, chose to build its first corporate headquarters in 1971.

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In doing my research, I had the privilege of talking with Harry Buck, the project manager for F & S Construction. He built the Golf Rose Shopping Center and later constructed the 1070 corporate headquarters. Harry is 90 years old and remembered so much about the building. He told me that it was built without any corners. He recalled calling it the castle since it had a ramp entrance with what looked like a moat below. When I talked with Buz & Ed Hoffman, Jack’s sons, about the building, they remembered calling it the submarine. Everyone was sad to hear that it would soon be gone.

Water tower view

Harry reminded me that the Medcoa building & apartments at Higgins & Grand Canyon along with the bowling alley were also built by F & S/Hoffman Homes as part of their plan for a complete community. It was great talking to the man who had actually built the 1070 Roselle building.

Pat Barch
Hoffman Estates Village Historian


  1. Dan Says:

    Great article on an overlooked building with some historical significance.

    Of all the things to replace it with… a McDonald’s. Especially when there is a McDonald’s a couple miles south on Roselle, another one a mile east on Golf and a third store a mile or so west on Golf.

    Shame on Hoffman Estates for not recognizing the historical value of this building and for allowing yet another greasy fast food place to be built when the community is already over-saturated with them.

  2. Dan Says:

    Demolition of 1070 N Roselle is underway this week.

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