CAN YOU HELP IDENTIFY THESE BUILDINGS?

While going through some older newspaper clippings, I came across these two buildings that were pictured prominently in the Record. The first one did not have a year but, since all of the clippings appeared to be from the early to mid 1970s, I presume that is the time period. I am trying to determine their location in the township. If you can help out, please leave a comment or send me an email at the address below.

Unlike many farmhouses that sit on a rise, this one is clearly below grade and sits in a lower spot. It is surrounded by a circle of trees and a fence, and has a basement that is as large as the house itself. Other than that, it is difficult to garner any other clues in the background of the photo or in the building itself.

This photo is from the November 15, 1972 paper so we at least know the time frame. The clipping gives us a bit of a clue when it says that it was near the intersection of Schaumburg and Roselle Roads and there is “an adjoining piece of land where a Schaumburg hardware firm is expanding.”

My guess is this would had to have been near the Ace Hardware on the southwest corner of the intersection. If so, was this barn to the south or to the west of the Ace? But, maybe the blog posting I wrote about the hardware store answers the question. It says, “…they added on to the small building around 1974.  They bought the barn to the south and a brown, two-story house to the west, expanding the store in those directions.”

So, for those of you who remember that time period, is this the barn? If it is, I will definitely change the Ace Hardware posting to reflect the fact that the building was added onto in 1972. I’m just waiting for confirmation!

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library
jrozek@stdl.org

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The answer to the barn was solved with the assistance of two readers of the blog. One sent me an aerial of the area and it was easy enough for all three of us to determine that the building in question belonged to the house that was due south of the Ace Hardware. From the aerial, the gray barn sat about 10 feet behind the house. Thank you David and Ed!

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2 Responses to “CAN YOU HELP IDENTIFY THESE BUILDINGS?”

  1. Heidi Kerans Says:

    That house looks like the back side of “Sharge house” Spring Valley hertiage farm vistor center. Ask Sandy Meo what she thinks. As to the barn there used to be a huge barn to the left of ace hardware as you looked at front of store. It was a farm and fleet store, then an exercise place, a boutique store. All before town square was remodeled. I remember it being a dark wood, seemed to be a huge barn. Heidi Kerans

    • jrozek Says:

      Heidi,

      Thank you for your tips! You are correct that there was a barn behind–or to the south of the Ace Hardware. It’s still there. It was originally built as Lake Cook Farm Supply, followed by Women’s Workout World, The Athenaeum and now the Trickster Gallery.

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian
      Schaumburg Township District Library

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