After 18 years of organizing tours of historic homes, the MainStreet Libertyville Design Committee proudly released Lasting Impressions, the first hardcover tabletop book featuring 50 of Libertyville’s historic homes.
The stories of each house are told through the lens of professional photographer Randall Paetzold while taking readers on a journey through time, from the humble beginnings of our first settlers to the beautiful homes that remain today. Readers will be delighted with the visually stunning images and will enjoy never-before-told stories about each property.
A book launch open house will be held on Sunday, November 21, 2021 at the Libertyville Civic Center from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The event is free and books will be available for purchase. Meet the authors, the photographer and enjoy the refreshments. Please visit the MainStreet Libertyville website, www.mainstreetlibertyville.org, to confirm your attendance. Pre-ordered books can be picked up at the event or at the MainStreet office starting November 22.
Local owners embraced the project when the committee unveiled plans for the project in late spring. Committee members also realized how proud residents are of their historic properties.
“Owning a historic home is truly a labor of love, yet exciting, as we continue to improve and restore its historic integrity. We could not be more thrilled and honored to be included in the Lasting Impressions book, which highlights the exciting work in our community to keep a little piece of history alive in our treasured homes, ”said owners Ed and Gina Furner.
Some homeowners were in the midst of restoration projects when the committee contacted them to include their homes in the book.
“In the spring of 2021, we embarked on a huge outdoor restoration project… our house was a huge work area. We received a letter from MainStreet Libertyville stating that our house had been selected for inclusion in Lasting Impressions and our enthusiasm quickly grew. to have it photographed at the very end of the project and we are proud to see it featured in such a historic book, ”said owners Scott and Kay Manion.
The most common theme among owners was gratitude for the concept of the project and the amount of research it contained. The committee has partnered with the Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society to help with research and ancient photographs.
“Thank you for preserving this history for Libertyville,” said owners Adriana and Derick Bonewitz.
The 125-page book, Lasting Impressions, is available for purchase online at the MainStreet Libertyville website, mainstreetlibertyville.org, or by calling the MainStreet Libertyville office at (847) 680-0336. The cost of the book is $ 50.