Last updated: 3/30/2010
Saint Charles, IL 60174
PO Box 903
Saint Charles, IL 60174
For over three decades, members of Preservation Partners have been vital supporters of our fundamental mission: ensuring that our vintage buildings, our heirloom neighborhoods, our streetscapes with splendid architectural diversity are recognized for their economic and historic significance. Furthermore, these members have provided essential support for our museum operations, enabling us to reach over 100,000 school children at our historic museum sites, providing them with a very tangible connection to their roots.
The Beith House was rescued from years of neglect in 1980 and authentically restored to operate as a Preservation Study House, illustrating mid-19th-Century decorative arts, as well as the both interior and exterior restoration and conservation techniques. The outdoor Archeology Box, architecture gallery, games, and "old house mysteries" are just a few of Beith House's many features. Our exhibits and programs are designed for persons of all ages.
The Durant House is fondly recognized as Kane County's own "Little House on the Prairie." The Museum functions as a "house for all seasons," with special programs designed to highlight a prairie family's routines of work and play throughout the year. Each season exerts its unique charm; with heirloom apples offered in October, and the comforting aromas of hearth cooking a February attraction.
The Fabyan Villa was home to Colonel George and Nelle Fabyan from 1905-1939. Riverbank, the name they bestowed upon their property, was initially their summer escape from Chicago. They hired Frank Lloyd Wright in 1907 to enlarge and re-model their house and shortly thereafter, took up permanent residence at Riverbank. The estate soon became a lavish showplace complete with fountains, extensive gardens, swimming pools, a windmill, private zoo, tennis courts, and more.
The Fabyans' Japanese Garden: Installed c. 1910, the Japanese Garden is a tranquil oasis where history melds with nature and theory. This enchanting site affords the rare opportunity to savor and enjoy a moment of harmony with nature. Learn how to add a touch of beauty to your own backyard while strolling along the winding paths of the 100 year-old garden
Architectural Walking Tours: Each spring and fall, expert guides offer walking tours in older Geneva neighborhoods, primarily in the designated Historic Districts. These walks are open to the public at little to no charge.
- Invitations to special museum events, including Japanese Garden concerts, Summer & Fall Frolics, Apple Fest, Winter Walks, Candle-Light Open Houses, Treasures of the Tri-Cities, and our annual Star Dinner
Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members
Appointment required: Yes
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