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Lambert: A Tiny House with a Huge History, Part 2

More on the little house at Route 59 and Renwick.

The Inquiry

Joan, a Plainfield Patch reader, asked, “What is the history of the little house across from the McDonald’s restaurant, route: {:controller=>"listings", :action=>"show", :id=>"mcdonalds-158"} --> at Renwick Road and Route 59?”  The earliest history of the small house and its association with the settlements of Walkers’ Grove was introduced in a prior column (

Joan Senffner September 21, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Wow what a history from a 'tiny' house. You never know. Thanks, Joan
Joel Craig September 21, 2012 at 03:37 AM
The more you understand about Clybourn's role in the development of this part of the state, his positions in the fur trade as well as local government, and his ability to parlay all that acquired knowledge into successful business ventures, the more you get a true sense of how Walkers Grove and early Plainfield had such a major impact on what would very quickly grow to be the city of Chicago. Another great article, Michael, and on someone usually overlooked but vitally important to our history.
Michael Lambert September 21, 2012 at 02:35 PM
@ Joan: Thanks for asking about this house. While I knoew a significant amount about the house, your inquiry pushed me to dig a bit deeper. @ Joel: Thanks for following. You know as well as I that the enire northeast region was so inter-dependent before 1850 that the history of one town often overlaps with another, That is why, in my opinion, Plainfield's wealth of these pre-1850 buildings is so important because they have been allowed to disappear from the landsape across the region in spite of the tremendous story of regional settlement and interaction that they represent. Throw in the pre-1835 years, and the story becomes that much more fascinating.
S H September 23, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Fascinating! Looking forward to the next installment! Plainfield has lost an incredible amount of history in buildings which have been razed. In particular, I think of Greek Revival style houses lost on Main Street. Your examination of the historical significance of remaining structures will hopefully spare them from the wrecking ball and "progress". Thank you Michael!

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