Members of Naperville's East Central Homeowners Organization say they're having cordial discussions with Chris Cobb and Susan Wilke, a couple who last year bought the historic 1890s Hammerschmidt mansion at 432 E. Chicago Ave. The owners - who live next door - are aware of the home's historic character. But preservationists say that while the house may be structurally sound, it's neglected and may need up to $500,000 to fix it up. For now, the owners say they just don't know what they'll do with the property, but that they'd be willing to sell it for what they paid for it -- an estimated $770,000.
How do you think this story will turn out? Will someone step forward, buy the home and invest in the repairs? The home isn't protected as a local landmark, and the city says it can't get involved in preservation efforts, so it's possible the home's days could be numbered. Teardowns are common in this town, no need to tell you that.
In general, how well do you think Naperville is preserving parts of its 176-year history?