Maywood's Historic Homes
Maywood is a community with an eclectic mix of late nineteenth century to early twentieth century homes. Originally designed to have only four homes per block, it was a beacon for people who wanted space. The diversity of the architecture is rare, even compared to many of the surrounding communities. Bungalows, Craftsman, Prairie Style, Queen Anne, Italianate, and Tudor Revival are all represented and 19 of Maywood’s building are on the National Register of Historic Places. Architects John Van Bergen, William Drummond, Spencer and Powers, E.E. Roberts, Talmadge and Watson, William Seyfarth, among others, were all commissioned to design buildings in Maywood over the years resulting in a rich heritage and history worth experiencing.
Each summer the Village of Maywood hosts an “Annual Historic House Walk”. Not limited to only residential buildings, it also includes the Soldiers’ Widows and Orphans Home (circa1924) at 224 North 1st Avenue which was built to house the widows of war, the imposing, Prairie Style Maywood Masonic Temple (circa 1917) at 200 South 5th Avenue and the Dutch Revival style Maywood Fire Department Building (circa 1904) at 511 St. Charles Avenue.
Midsummer also brings the “Maywood Historic Homes Housewalk and Trolley Tour” organized by the Maywood Housewalk Association and the Historic Preservation Commission of Maywood. This highly anticipated event includes guided interior tours of some of the most beautiful and best preserved homes in the community and continual trolley service during the event.