Why do I love living in West Wilmette?
With my degree in Architectural History and my general history nerdiness, I find a great interest in west Wilmette’s past. Some might now consider the 1950’s development of the area as architecturally significant but I do. I have done quite a bit of research in this area and love to share what I have found. This community has solid, well-made homes that give you an incredibly good value for your dollar.
1/5/2015 07:22:11 am
Is that the Hoffman Florists sign at the top? I grew up in the house that borders the east side of the florist and the owners home (Jim and Shirley Higgens). The Higgens' and their family were one of the first families in the area (when it was Gross Point) and my house and my neighbors' (Isabella St. and Sterling Lane) were build on their former farm property in the 40s. Technically, it's not West Wilmette. I always call it Central Wilmette (east of Ridge and West of Green Bay)
1/5/2015 01:05:14 pm
Hi. Thank you for commenting. Yes, that is indeed the Hoffman sign. I went over there in the summer and took a bunch of photos. I am really interested in your memories. What was your address behind the Higgens home? I will send you whatever information about it I can find. I always wondered why Sterling Lane is so different than any other Wilmette Street. Thank you!
1/5/2015 01:08:15 pm
1/5/2015 02:02:24 pm
I saw you posted it on the Growing up in Wilmette FB page.....our address is 1838 Isabella St. My mom still lives there and she is friends with the Higgens'. I actually grew up afraid of them and only met him in recent years....they are returning the florist back to original IL prairie...
1/6/2015 02:10:47 am
1/6/2015 06:19:17 am
yes, word is that when they pass away, St. Joseph's church will get it....I can't imagine what they might do with it!
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Sarah Rothschild, Realtor & Architectural History Nerd.