MainStreet Libertyville Design Committee Releases Book Featuring 50 Area Historic Homes

  • Lasting Impressions, a book by the MainStreet Libertyville Design Committee, features 50 area historic homes.Photo provided by MainStreet Libertyville.

    Lasting Impressions, a book by the MainStreet Libertyville Design Committee, features 50 area historic homes.Photo provided by MainStreet Libertyville.

Updated 11/9/2021 10:24 AM

After 18 years of hosting Historic Home Tours, the MainStreet Libertyville Design Committee has proudly published Lasting Impressions, the first hardcover coffee table book featuring 50 of Libertyville's historic homes.

Stories of each home are told through the lens of professional photographer Randall Paetzold while taking readers on a journey back in time from the modest beginnings of our early settlers to the beautiful homes that remain today. Readers will take delight in the visually stunning imagery and enjoy stories never told before about each property.


A Book Launch Open House will be held on Sunday, November 21, 2021 at the Libertyville Civic Center from 2 p.m. to 5 pm. The event is free, and books will be available for purchase. Meet the authors, photographer and enjoy refreshments. Please visit the MainStreet Libertyville website,, to RSVP. Pre-ordered books may be picked up at the event or at the MainStreet office beginning November 22.

Local homeowners embraced the project as the committee unveiled the plans for the project in late spring. Committee members also realized how proud residents are of their historic properties.

"Owning a historic home is truly a labor of love, yet exciting, as we continue to enhance and bring back its historical integrity. We couldn't be more thrilled and honored to be included in the Lasting Impressions book, which highlights the exciting work in our community to keep a little piece of history alive in our treasured homes," said homeowners Ed and Gina Furner.

Some homeowners were in the middle of restoration projects when the committee contacted them about including their homes in the book.

"In the spring of 2021, we embarked on an extensive exterior restoration project…our home was a massive work zone. We received a letter from MainStreet Libertyville that our home had been selected for inclusion in Lasting Impressions and our excitement quickly grew. We arranged to have it photographed at the very end of the project and are proud to have it featured in such a historic book," said homeowners Scott and Kay Manion.

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The most common theme among homeowners was gratitude for the project's concept and the amount of research it contains. The committee partnered with the Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society for help with research and vintage photographs.

"Thank you for preserving this history for Libertyville," said homeowners Adriana and Derick Bonewitz.

The 125-page book, Lasting Impressions, is available for purchase online at the MainStreet Libertyville website,, or by calling the MainStreet Libertyville Office at (847) 680-0336. The cost of the book is $50.

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