June 25, 2014

weekend visit to Geneva, Illinois

My husband was fortunate enough to have been brought up in the charming little town of Geneva, Illinois.  Last weekend, he had an opportunity to visit his childhood town and friends for a few days.  I have been there several times, but this time I stayed home to be a part of the end-of-the-school-year festivities here in California.  He knows how much I love the architecture, history and curb appeal of Geneva, so he photographed some of his favorite sites for me, and now I get to share them with all of you!  This first home is called Elizabeth Place and was built at the turn of the last century by Henry Bond Fargo, who was a a prominent figure in Geneva, and also served as mayor.  Isn't the Mission Revival style intriguing?   


the coach house 
this creek runs through the property

This Victorian  house is in town and has a colonial style entrance.
It's right next door to the Garrison's home, where they hosted this fun summer party. 
here is a peek at the inside of Mary's eclectic home... 
This is the home where "Mr.Ciao" lived his first five years...
and this is his childhood home, filled with so many fun memories and adventures.  His mother grew up in this same house and then bought it from her parents when she got married! 
here's another gorgeous black and white home...
a nearby place to hike to is this secret grotto in the woods.

Secret Shrine
Thanks for the inspiration, honey.  
I can't wait to visit Geneva again!

ciao! Fabiana

sharing with:    coastal charm

1 comment:

  1. I loved seeing these homes. I live in Seattle now, but spent 11 years in Naperville, IL, not far from Geneva. I feel I gained so much from our years there. Love the people, the history, the architecture, the way of life!


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