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HISTORIC HOME | A.W. Wendell & Sons, LLC Becomes Part of Downers Grove History


Last week the home located at 5329 Meadow Lane was designated a Village of Downers Grove historic landmark. Built circa 1965, it is a Mid-Century Modern home, a style which was popular from 1935-1975. Constructed as either ranches or split levels, typical characteristics of the style included the use of brick, stucco, and wood siding, low pitched roofs, and recessed entries. Mid-Century Modern homes were commonly designed with a connection to the outdoors and therefore incorporated large windows and open floor plans.

5329 Meadow Lane is a split level home and consists of a low-sloped cross gabled roof with a deep overhang. The exterior walls are clad with brick and vertical cedar siding, and natural light enters the home through clerestory windows located on the front and rear facades.

The home was built for John and Doris Mochel by architect John Wendell. Mochel was a third generation owner of Mochel’s Hardware, a store located on Downers Grove’s Main Street since 1884 and is still standing.

The Mid-Century Modern style structure (circa 1964) is owned by Louise and Peter Trucano. The home's original owners, John and Doris Mochel were also in attendance. Special thanks to the Friends of the Edwards House for their assistance.

This is the 28th property to have received Historic Landmark status.

To learn more about the Mid-Century Modern style, and for more information about this home and its history please see the link below. (Source document: Village Landmark Resolution

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