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  • The detailed Lego replica of the DuPage County Historical Museum building was erected by Matt de Lanoy of the Northern Illinois Lego Train Club and is on display at the museum.

      The detailed Lego replica of the DuPage County Historical Museum building was erected by Matt de Lanoy of the Northern Illinois Lego Train Club and is on display at the museum.
    Courtesy of the DuPage County Historical Museum

  • The DuPage County Historical Museum building was erected in 1891 at 102 E. Wesley St. in Wheaton and served as the community's library before the museum opened in 1967.

      The DuPage County Historical Museum building was erected in 1891 at 102 E. Wesley St. in Wheaton and served as the community's library before the museum opened in 1967.
    Daily Herald File Photo

 
By Bonnie McMaken
Wheaton Park District

The DuPage County Historical Museum houses some of DuPage County's historical treasures that teach us about our past and present. And now the museum offers something a little more modern: a Lego model of the building.

The model, built by Matt de Lanoy of the Northern Illinois Lego Train Club, is a detailed version of the museum, complete with the interior layout and ivy and flowers on the exterior.

"We're very pleased and impressed with this model," museum Curator Sara Arnas said. "Matt has done an amazing job capturing the detail of the museum's building. We hope it will appeal to adults and children of all ages."

Museum admission is free to visitors interested in this model and other exhibits. Museum hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

The DuPage County Historical Museum is housed in what was formerly known as the Adams Memorial Library. The building was erected in 1891, commissioned by John Quincy Adams (a relative of the Adams presidents) as a gift to the community of Wheaton in memory of his late wife, Marilla Phipps Adams. Designed by Charles Sumner Frost in the Richardsonion Romanesque style, the building was added to the National Register in 1981.

In the 1960s the DuPage County Historical Society recognized the availability of the building as a new and more spacious library was being erected. In 1967, the building opened as the DuPage County Historical Museum. For information, visit dupagemuseum.org.

The Northern Illinois Lego Train Club is an adult Lego enthusiast group of 20 active members who enjoy building, designing and displaying Lego creations for the public. The club is unusual in the Lego train club universe in that all members are encouraged to create in what ever genre they love: town, space, city, castle, Star Wars, Harry Potter, etc.

The train is used to connect all the different areas together into a cohesive train display with characters from one often bleeding into other areas in a humorous manner. To learn more, visit niltc.org.

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