Friends of the Maywood Home For Soldiers' Widows

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Civil War Living History Event

The Friends of the Maywood Home for Soldiers’ Widows & The Village of Maywood Invite you to The CIVIL WAR LIVING HISTORY In Celebration & In Honor of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, 150th Anniversary of the end of the Civil War The 10th ILLINOIS VOLUNTEER...

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Juneteenth Celebration!

The Village of Maywood is celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Juneteenth on June 20, 2015 at the Maywood Home for Soldier’s Widows at 1st Avenue and Lake Street. Juneteenth commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the United States. It is widely...

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The Maywood Home for Soldiers’ Widows was built in 1924.  It was sponsored by the Daughters of Union Veterans society to provide maintenance, nursing and care for elderly widows of fallen Union Soldiers of the Civil War and their children. The widows had been housed at the Logan Home, named in honor of the Civil War general from Illinois, John Logan. That building was the former mansion of Maywood founder Colonel William Nichols. The new, larger Maywood Home for Soldiers’ Widows provided 34 individual bedrooms, communal bathrooms, a family gathering room and a large dining room with a kitchen from which daily meals were served for the residents until 1978.


Architect Francis E. Dunlap

The building was designed by prominent Maywood architect Francis E. Dunlap.  Dunlap was born in Maywood and later served as a Maywood Trustee until his death at only 32 years of age in 1927.  He had been a Maywood Library Board member and was also the designer of the grand structure for the Maywood State Bank now standing on the Southeast Corner of 5th Avenue & Lake Street. Dunlap’s stately design for this Maywood Home for Soldiers’ Widows building is a fine example of the Federalist style featuring red brick, arched windows, limestone accents and classical detailing inside and out.  It remains today as a solidly built and highly fire-resistant structure with extraordinary character and great memorial and historical significance. The building is believed to be one of only two such structures still standing nationwide. It has been determined eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. The building has been owned by the Village of Maywood since 2008 and vacant since 2003. Recent efforts to promote commercial adaptive re-uses for this building have led to the restoration of the front portico, a comprehensive re-use study, preparations to inspire redevelopment proposals and the formation of the Friends of the Maywood Home for Soldiers’ Widows.

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Contributors and Supporters

Property Owner and Restoration Funding: Village of Maywood
Portico Restoration Architect: Heitzman Architects
Portico Restoration Contractor: D’Escoto Builders, LLC
Portico Restoration Sub-Contractor: Cornell Capital Partners
Rehabilitation and Re-Use Study: Landmarks Illinois
Volunteer Supporters: Neighbors of Maywood Community Organization (NoMCO)
Volunteer Supporters: Maywood Bataan Day Organization
Volunteer Supporters: Home Depot- Oakbrook Terrace
Board-Up Material Donor: Aetna Plywood of Maywood

For Redevelopment Opportunities Contact:


 David Myers
Village of Maywood


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