Our next project goal is to provide public access
inside the 1846 Blodgett House.
Architects Kirsten Kingsley and Keith Ginnodo have developed specific plans for interior renovation work that
visitors to appreciate unique construction features of this mid-19th
Century home, as well as the Blodgett Family’s role in the
Conceptual plans for interior
renovation of the 1846 Blodgett House are explained on the Project Plan page of this site.
engineering study showed that reinforcements for the floor supports
were needed to ensure the safety of members of the public who visit the
House. The required structural work was completed in March 2014 under a
contract let by the Park District.
In June 2014 the Park District was notified that
it received a state
museum grant of $135,500 for help with interior restoration and
interpretative exhibits. This grant is now in the process of being
released after having been suspended for four years due to state
In 2016, Lovejoy, Inc., a Timken brand, opened
their world headquarters on Wisconsin Ave. and became a member of the
Downers Grove community.
In October 2018 Park District received $50,000 from the Timken
Foundation to support work on the 1846 Blodgett House. This award was
presented by Mat Happach of Lovejoy, Inc.
The interior renovation schedule envisions that
construction could start sometime early next year, leading to an
occupancy permit for the 1846
Blodgett House and a
grand opening of the House for the general public in 2019.