Librarians and Houses – Polo, Illinois – Historical Architecture and the NRHP

Polo, Illinois is a little city of around 2,500 in Ogle County, a district whose biggest settlement has under 10,000 individuals. The country networks in Ogle County are shocking and loaded up with history, workmanship and design, in the event that you realize where to look. Outfitted with a rundown of destinations in Polo from the National Register of Historic Places, I began taking a gander at the Polo Public Library – a building that is one of five in Polo that share that status. 2019 house trends

The Polo Library is a Carnegie Library that was built in 1903-04. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1995. The administrators were cordial, giving me contact data for Polo nationals partnered with noteworthy safeguarding, and, in particular, furnishing me with bearings to a subtle lime furnace adjacent. The lady I talked with pursued me down exposed to the harsh elements of January a few squares from the library since she had given me the wrong email address accidentally. Exceptionally kind. 

Additionally in Polo is a group of compositionally imperative houses, all close to one another, and all recorded on the National Register, two of them crafted by Joseph Lyman Silsbee (wiki) one of which helps me to remember the essential, prior Frank Lloyd Wright-structured Winslow House.

Silsbee was a powerful and imperative American planner. He filled in as an early tutor to Frank Lloyd Wright and was extremely compelling on the youthful designer and different planners of the Prairie School. While the house is pretty clearly Classically impacted, a portion of the trademarks of Prairie style that Frank Lloyd Wright would later make renowned are unmistakably noticeable, including leaded workmanship glass and a low pitched rooftop. The building was developed from 1899-1901 and added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in 1993.

Behind the Bryant and Lucie Barber House is another Silsbee work, this one more seasoned. The 1891 Henry D. Hairdresser House is more Classically evident than its neighbor yet at the same time not what I would call a high-style case of Classical Revival. It’s an essential work by an imperative draftsman, one that can be thoroughly analyzed with his other work, nearby, from eight years after the fact. The Henry Barber House was recorded on the NRHP in 1974.

The other house recorded on the National Register in Polo is crosswise over Mason Street from the two Silsbee works. It’s a fancy Queen Anne style manor known as the John McGrath House. The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA) hasn’t made the NRHP designation frames accessible on the web (regardless of their confirmation to me that they were accessible) for any of the recorded structures in Polo so I don’t think a lot about the McGrath House. I presented a demand to the National Park Service, and the IHPA yet haven’t heard again from both of them.

What I do think about the McGrath House is that it was structured by somebody named George W. McBride. Tragically, the main George W. McBride I am aware of filled in as a United States Senator from Oregon. In spite of the fact that the congressperson was alive in 1896 when the house was constructed, he was not a designer and had no connection with Illinois anyplace I can discover. I can just presume that it is somebody unique. The McGrath House was recorded on the NRHP in 1996.

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