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Scoville Place - Oak Park, IL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member adgorn
N 41° 53.326 W 087° 47.681
16T E 434071 N 4637730
Quick Description: Better known as Scoville Park, designed by noted Landscape Architect Jens Jensen, is named to the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service.
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 5/29/2013 5:57:24 PM
Waymark Code: WMH6AT
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 2

Long Description:
From wikipedia:
Scoville Park is a public park in Oak Park, Illinois. Contrary to the name, it is not located on Scoville Avenue, but rather the corner of Oak Park Avenue and Lake Street, next to the Oak Park Public Library. The park is home to a small Playground, a large field that is home to concerts during Sundays in summer, a war memorial statue, tennis courts and the Horse Show Fountain.

Scoville Park was originally the site of the Scoville Family Estate. It was purchased by the Village in 1912, making it one of the villages 3 original parks. The Scoville home was demolished a year later. The site was also at one point the home of Joseph Kettlestrings, Oak Park's first white settler.

The memorial statue, located at the top of Scoville Park's hill, was dedicated in 1925. Charles G. Dawes, who was at that time the Vice-President of the United States, attended the dedication. Recently restored, the statue is made out of granite and bronze. See my waymark: (visit link)

Another highlight is a bust of Percy Julian, Oak Park's favorite son and chemist, researcher and civil rights activist. See waymark: (visit link)

The Bock fountain at the southeast corner is another historical feature. See my waymark: (visit link)
Street address:
Jct. of Lake St. and Oak Park Ave.
Oak Park, IL USA

County / Borough / Parish: Cook

Year listed: 2002

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering

Periods of significance: 1925-1949, 1900-1924

Historic function: Landscape, Recreation And Culture

Current function: Landscape, Recreation And Culture

Privately owned?: no

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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