Cobblestone Event Press Release and Photo Opportunity
Help celebrate the completion of the first step in renovating the Nancy Kimball Cobblestone House at 302 West Chicago Street on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 1 p.m. Master Mason John Crowe will set the final stone in the new cobblestone wall he built on the north side of the 1846 historic home. This event marks a major milestone for the project to Save the Cobblestone, Build the Neighborhood. The Elgin History Museum along with the City of Elgin and the Near West Neighbors Association started working in 2015 to create a plan to save the cobblestone. In 2016 the north wall and part of the east wall were demolished. A concrete foundation and footing were poured to support a new wall. Working by himself, John Crowe started patching extensive holes on the inside foundation late last year and then in 2017 began building the wall. Next steps on interior renovation begin fall 2017.
Nancy Kimball, as portrayed by Elgin resident Linda Rock, will be on hand to greet people to her home under construction and say a few words as the final stone is set. Supporters will be recognized. Light refreshments will be served and tours of the first floor of the house will be available. Help the community to celebrate achievement in renovating the Nancy Kimball Cobblestone House at 302 West Chicago Street.