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Future in doubt for historic West Chicago house

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A June 4 public hearing has been scheduled to help the West Chicago Historical Commission decide if it will give the city permission to demolish the Joel Wiant House.

Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer

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The Joel Wiant House in West Chicago has been named one the state's 10 most endangered historic places by the preservationist group Landmarks Illinois. The house, located at 151 W. Washington St., was built around 1869 for Joel Wiant, one of DuPage County's earliest settlers.

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West Chicago, which owns the Joel Wiant House, is seeking a developer to rehabilitate the historic structure. But if one isn't found, the house could be demolished.

Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer

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Time appears to be running out for the Joel Wiant House. After being a fixture in downtown West Chicago for more than 143 years, the redbrick building at 151 W. Washington St. has been vacant for years and fallen into disrepair. The city, which owns the house, is trying to sell it for a dollar. But officials say they've been unable to find a buyer capable of rehabilitating the historic structure for retail, restaurant, office, commercial or cultural uses.
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    • A June 4 public hearing has been scheduled to help the West Chicago Historical Commission decide if it will give the city permission to demolish the Joel Wiant House.
    • The Joel Wiant House in West Chicago has been named one the stateís 10 most endangered historic places by the preservationist group Landmarks Illinois. The house, located at 151 W. Washington St., was built around 1869 for Joel Wiant, one of DuPage Countyís earliest settlers.
    • West Chicago, which owns the Joel Wiant House, is seeking a developer to rehabilitate the historic structure. But if one isnít found, the house could be demolished.
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