One of the many benefits of living in the Chicago area is the diverse architecture you’ll find as you pass from neighborhood to neighborhood. It’s no secret my favorite places to walk are historic districts with their magnificent homes. I love the details you find on these old and charming beauties. Today’s walking tour features historic homes in Wheaton, Illinois – home of Wheaton College and the famed Billy Graham Center.
This lovely home features gingerbread trim that lends feminine romance, along with a few hanging baskets on the wrap around porch. I just hung hanging baskets of impatiens on my own porch – I need to take some photos.
I love blue houses and this one swept me off my feet with its patriotic bunting.
My parents lived in Wheaton when they were first married. They both attended Wheaton College, although my mom dropped out when dad asked her to be his bride. The college is just a couple blocks east of this Victorian beauty.
This charming front porch reminds me of a house straight out of Mayberry. I love the old fashioned street light and white picket fence.
I love the color on this old gal, along with the oval-shaped window. I wonder if the third floor is finished or left as an attic.
There are so many streets in Wheaton with historic homes. It’s worth a second trip here to get more photos. Lucky for me, the train from my town runs straight to Wheaton before heading into Chicago.
Architectural details on Victorian houses always look so much better when painted with contrasting colors. The only problem is … having to paint the house! I remember when hubby and I painted our old house a couple years ago. It’s a lot of work, but so worth it when it’s done.
This yellow house has been given a contemporary look. I love its deep porch!
Check out the middle window on the second floor of this Victorian home. I’ve always wanted a house where the windows open from the bottom like this.
Even the smaller cottages in town are quaint and charming.
I want one of these charming arbors in my yard! Beautiful, rambling clematis is like the icing on the cake. Roses would be pretty too. Although I’ve never been successful keeping black spot off my roses.
Another beautiful painted lady – this one in softer tones.
Have you ever been to Wheaton, Illinois and viewed its historic homes?
If there’s an area in Chicago you’d like to see, just let me know and I’ll try to go and take photos to post here on my blog!