The first opportunity to visit inside the newly
renovated 1846 Blodgett House was on Saturday December 14, 2019. The
Bright event at the Downers Grove Museum this year featured
public tours inside the pioneer home as described on the Park District's website.
Regular monthly tours are now being offered at the Blodgett's pioneer house. Please sign up for your tour in advance on the Park District's registration page.
Interior renovation work is now sufficiently
complete to allow an occupancy permit to be issued for small-sized group tours.
Architects Kirsten Kingsley and Keith Ginnodo
developed plans for the interior renovation that make it possible for
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 was
released in 2019 after having been suspended for four years due
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
presented by Mat Happach of Lovejoy, Inc.