Gift to the Street Awards

The 2018 Gift to the Street Awards were hosted by the McLean County Museum of History in May. OHS Awards were given to Linda Henry of 307 North Broadway in Hudson and Jason and Jessica Chambers of 1004 Broadway in Normal.

The Town of Normal and City of Bloomington both made awards for preservation as well. Jeff Augspurger and Brian Blomgren were recognized by the Town of Normal. Dawn Peters and Diana Krieg received a landscaping award from the City of Bloomington and Brad Williams and Fred Wollrab were recognized for lifetime achievements in preservation by the City of Bloomington.

2018 Annual Tour of Homes

Do you have an old house you would like to have on the tour in 2019? Contact the Old House Society to discuss having your home on the tour.

2018 Annual Tour of Homes

Thank you to all the owners who opened their homes to old house enthusiasts in 2018!

2018 Annual Tour of Homes

What will you remember about the 2018 Tour of Homes? There were two homes by Arthur L. Pillsbury and one of the very oldest homes in Bloomington on this tour.

Salvage and Swap Meet

October 13, 2018 — Old House Society would like to offer all current members of our organization the opportunity to set up a “Salvage Sale and Swap” table on Saturday, October 13th from 8 am to 5 pm. We will have twenty 10′ by 10′ spots available on the concrete lot west of our warehouse during…

Dimmitt’s Grove Walking Tour

September 22, 2018 — Explore Dimmitt’s Grove with resident Terri Clemens who will give additional information about the historical marker signs recently installed by the Dimmitt’s Grove Neighborhood Association. We will wrap up the tour at the Epiphany Farms restaurant on Front Street with a social hour (drinks and eatables not included in the fee).…

Franklin Park Ice Cream Social and Band Concert

July 12, 2018 — Join the Old House Society and the Bloomington Park District at Franklin Park. Enjoy an ice cream social with baked treats in Franklin Park at 6:00 pm and a Band Concert at 7:00 pm on July 12, 2018. Show your support for the Old House Society and local arts and enjoy…

2018 Annual Tour of Homes

June 9, 2018 — Annual Tour of Homes in the Franklin Park Neighborhood. 10 – 4 pm, ticket sales in the Park.

Mid-Century Architecture in Bloomington

  When: March 15, 6 – 7:30 pm Where: Wesley United Methodist Church (east door), 502 E Front, Bloomington FREE Event Presentation by Todd Bugg In this presentation, we explore the architecture of Bloomington-Normal during this Mid-Century period, beginning in 1950 to around 1975. We discuss the changes that led to the design ethos of…

2018 Annual Members Meeting

Thursday February 8, 2017 5:30 p. Announcing a change of venue! The Old House Society Annual Meeting will be on February 8 at 5:30 at the Living Word Ministry at 411 E. Mulberry Street. Designed by Arthur L. Pillsbury, this church was built as the Second Christian Church in 1902. The church features a stately…

OHS Annual Holiday Party

Thursday, December 7, 2017 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Perhaps you are one of the many who took part in the annual Evergreen Cemetery Walk in October. If so, you met husband and wife Carl and Julia Scott Vrooman, one of Bloomington’s earliest “power couples.” If you would like to learn more about them and how…

OHS Open House

Thursday, November 2, 2017 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. OHS social and holiday gift DIY instructional Where: 601 South Mercer Avenue, Bloomington Please join the Old House Society for a social in a beautiful old home, along with a DIY instructional on how to make wine stoppers from antique doorknobs. This beautiful home was built in…