Say one day you are at the downtown Wilmette Chase drive-up ATM's. Look to your right and you'll see two buildings you see all the time....and never really think about.
Let's first talk about that one on the right. This three story building is an old Illinois Bell building I believe that was designed to hold the "new" telephone equipment making calls automatic rather than requiring an operator. I know you know more than I do about this so please comment and let me learn from you.
Photo of page in the 1955 book, "Wilmette and the Suburban Whirl" by Herbert B. Mulford.
Now, let's look at that second building, the one just to the west of the phone building:
So here's the deal - I honestly do not know the story of this one. I see the sailboat up on the roof over the front door. There are fish scenes in the building's decoration. I am guessing this is a pumping station to get the lake water further west in the village but this is a total guess. Again, you know more than I do so please comment so I can learn from you. Thanks!
4/22/2016 11:40:49 pm
The building west of the telephone office is,was a power substation.
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Sarah Rothschild, Realtor & Architectural History Nerd.