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Old August 16th, 2011, 06:26 AM   #1
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Northern Illinois

I have a few photos of Sycamore, DeKalb, and some surrounding areas to share with you.

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Old August 17th, 2011, 02:43 AM   #2
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Most of my residential photos were obscured by trees, so it will take me some time to sort through and crop them. I will start with the churches of Sycamore, population 17,519 (2010).



The Old Congregational Church, also known as The Sycamore Baptist Church. It was built in 1884. I had to edit the brightness, so that is why the sky is so bright.






St. Peter's Episcopal Church. Built in 1878, it is said to be the oldest church in DeKalb county.


You can see the Sycamore Baptist Church behind the trees.
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Old August 17th, 2011, 07:04 AM   #3
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Nice snaps!
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Old August 21st, 2011, 03:00 AM   #4
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Sorry for the delay, I've been busy.


While I was looking up photos and information on these buildings, I wondered why everyone took pictures of them during the winter. Well, I certainly found out, there is about a .5 second window while driving in which the houses are not obscured by trees!

Sycamore has a very nice residential historic district, and I do not believe I scratched the surface very deeply with my photos. What they did capture, though, was great nonetheless.



I don't think this is part of the 'historic district', but it is clearly an older building. It is now a dirty apartment, I believe.




Dr. Orlando M. Bryan House.




Chauncey Ellwood House.


David DeGraff House. It has been in the process of being repainted for the past few years, and it looks like it still is (note the ladders on the right).




Most of the old homes are along Somonauk Street.








Stephens House.




James Ellwood House. This is one of the more interesting homes.


Charles Kellum House.
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Old August 27th, 2011, 09:35 PM   #5
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Just a few more houses after this and I will begin to post the downtown.



George P. Wild House. It is also being repainted, note the white area in the top left.


The J.H. Rogers House.


The Bettis House, also known as the John Gathercoal House.


This is the David Syme House. It is definitely the nicest home in the entire city. (And the only one that didn't have hundreds of trees and tall bushes in the front lawn! )


The colors were much more vivid in real life. There appears to have been a cloud overhead when these pictures were taken.






Captain R.A. Smith House.

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Old August 31st, 2011, 03:00 AM   #6
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Got any more photos? Some really beautiful buildings youve captured. Would love to see more!
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Old August 31st, 2011, 03:49 AM   #7
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Got any more photos? Some really beautiful buildings youve captured. Would love to see more!
I have about 70 more (not including the following photos), although I do not know how many of these turned out well enough to post.




I really liked this house.


Henry Garbutt House.






Charles O. Boynton House.






William Robinson House.






Side of the above.


Adolphus W. Brower House.

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Old August 31st, 2011, 03:52 AM   #8
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They have beautiful homes there.
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Old August 31st, 2011, 09:50 AM   #9
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very nice photos .... waiting for more ;]
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Old August 31st, 2011, 10:27 AM   #10
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Great, very nice photos from those areas and towns in northern Illinois
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Old September 1st, 2011, 03:48 AM   #11
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Stratford Inn. The Fargo Hotel was built in 1926 around an 1882 mansion. The current Stratford Inn re-opened in 1983 after a 1 million dollar renovation.[1]




The colorful bricks are very nice.






The building on the left is the Citizens National Bank Building.












State Street Theatre. Originally opened as the Fargo Theatre in 1925, it was re-opened as a theater once again in the late-80's.[2]




The old Chicago and Northwestern Depot. It is currently being restored.[3]




The building on the right is the Daniel Pierce Building. You can see the bright red building from the fourth picture in the bottom right.




The building on the right is the Townsend Building.






Sycamore Public Library. Built in 1905, it is still serves its original purpose.[4]


Old Sycamore Hospital.


DeKalb County Courthouse. They are making an ugly add-on in the rear of the building.






Civil War monument; erected 1896.

To the memory of the men who fought to preserve the Union: "That the nation shall under God, have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from the Earth."

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Old September 1st, 2011, 11:52 AM   #12
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Nice photos.....interesting thread, thanks.
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Old September 2nd, 2011, 11:35 PM   #13
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DeKalb, population 43,862 (2010).

DeKalb has some nice historic buildings, including homes, the 1928 Egyptian Theatre, as well as Northern Illinois University. Unfortunately, the day was slipping away and we had to return home, leaving little time to explore the city.

Here are some pictures of homes to keep you occupied while I prepare the photos of the downtown.







This Romanesque Revival Mansion is now a commercial building that houses multiple small businesses.

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Just lovely. Why was it named DeKalb ?
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Old September 3rd, 2011, 01:35 AM   #15
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Why was it named DeKalb ?



Johann von Robais, Baron de Kalb (1721–1780) was a German who served as a Major General in the American Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. He died from wounds sustained in the Battle of Camden.
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Interesting. Thank you!
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Old September 4th, 2011, 12:21 AM   #17
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What must have been a fine building at one time...
















An old Masonic building.


















Another old Fargo Theatre.








Chicago & Northwestern Railroad Depot.


What were once thriving businesses...


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Old September 4th, 2011, 02:55 PM   #18
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This thread COULD be interesting. The pictures are just too blurry though. It's usually not good to take pics from a moving car. Choose just the good quality ones and post them.
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fascinating stuff, love americana, thanks for posting
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Old September 18th, 2011, 09:57 PM   #20
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Anyway, these next photos are between DeKalb and Creston, population 662 (2010).

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