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1pm-3pm Cobblestone Construction Celebration

November 9, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CST

Save the Cobblestone–Build the Neighborhood.

Tour the Nancy Kimball Cobblestone at 302 West Chicago St. in Elgin and view the latest upgrades to the 1846 building. The new furnace and radiant heat are installed. Plumbing and electric are roughed in. The south facade is finished! Enjoy hot cider, and donuts while you learn about the work that has been done and what is left on the punchlist. Special awards for contractors and volunteers. Renovations are expected to be completed by 2020 and the space will be used as a community education space for nearby schools as well as adult learners, a gallery to feature local history, and a meeting/office space.

Why is this building important? The Nancy Kimball house is the oldest cobblestone building in Elgin, and one of the last ones left standing. It was built for the widow of one of Elgin’s founders, Joseph Kimball by her sons, William and Samuel. The Kimball brothers later served as mayors of the city. This building is unique and important to Elgin as one of the last old architectural styles left in Elgin, with 16 inch thick cobblestone walls.

The Illinois State Archaeological Survey excavated the cistern at the Nancy Kimball Cobblestone House in March 2018. The archaeologists found a number of interesting items.  Interesting items include early manufactured shell buttons, a complete Elgin Eagle Brewery bottle, container glass and ceramic sheets. Hardware pieces and animal bones were also found. The cistern items will be on exhibit at the Cobblestone Construction Celebration.

The Nancy Kimball Cobblestone will be a source of neighborhood pride and a project that promotes architectural preservation and adaptive re-use.


November 9, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Nancy Kimball Cobblestone House
302 W. Chicago
Elgin, IL 60120 United States
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