The owner was the Central Sod Farm (Wilson Nurseries and Landscape Supply today), which the Harmening House sits upon, says the House and land are priced at $2,000,000.
|A family wedding held at the house in 1894.|
The pictures give an idea of the house floor plan. On the second floor, you can see some of the original wallpaper and light fixtures.
Tom told Jim about this baby picture that was discovered in a frame found behind a wall when it was torn down. The identity and story about this baby picture is unknown. Tom was kind enough to email us the baby photo. Also included in the email was the above photograph, taken in 1894, of a large group of people assembled for a Harmening family wedding. Tom also sent along a photo from high up in the cupola, giving a view of U.S. Route 20.
|It's a BAY-BE!|
LIVING HISTORY OF ILLINOIS AND CHICAGO® MEMBERS COMMENTS:
September 16, 2015 - Melissa Luby: I'm actually a descendant of the Harmening's on my mother's side. We've been researching our genealogy for years and may be able to identify the people in the photos. I'll ask my mom to dust off the family tree and report back. Thank you for the photos; I've always wanted to see the inside of the house.
September 18, 2015 - Regina Nerge Dunaway: These are pictures I have of the original owners of the old Harmening House on Route 20. They are my Great Great Grandparents - J H Harmening, born Dec 31, 1827, died Dec 16, 1903, and Dorothea Thiess Harmening, born Jan 11, 1841, died May 8, 1924.
|J. H. Harmening and Dorothea Thiess Harmening|
|This photograph appears to have a backdrop but was shot inside the house during the Wedding in 1894.|
|Interior photo from 1894.|
Compiled by Neil Gale, Ph.D.