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've 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's 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...

 This secret grotto in the woods,
is just a short hike away from town.

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

ciao! fabiana

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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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