Techny: this week's Glenbrook drone photo

  • The 121-year-old Techny Towers, located at 2001 Waukegan Road on the southernmost portion of Northbrook.

      The 121-year-old Techny Towers, located at 2001 Waukegan Road on the southernmost portion of Northbrook. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 6/26/2020 3:18 PM

The majestic Techny Towers Conference and Retreat Center can be seen for miles, though development in the area through the years has obscured some views.

The Roman Catholic seminary and mission, built by the Society of the Divine Word, once was its own community before being annexed by Northbrook in 1989.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

But still today, it has its own post office and ZIP code, 60082.

The land around it once belonged to a German orphanage, and the Netherlands-based society purchased it with an agreement that it would open a school to train the graduates of that orphanage.

The Society of the Divine Word, which had been looking for an American location, liked the area because it was near a large city as well as a railroad line.

It didn't hurt that the area was heavily populated by German Catholics.

Today, the towers operate as an air-conditioned conference and retreat center with a separate 22-room Maria House with its own chapel and meeting room.

The Chapel of the Holy Spirit can handle as many as 600 people for religious services and concerts.

And of course, for a drone photographer, the views it offers are breathtaking.

• What landmarks in Glenview and Northbrook would you like to see from the air? Email Joe at jlewnard@dailyherald.com and he'll see if his drone camera can make it happen.

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