Jane Levy of Levy Custom Homes, worked with homeowners of a Victorian home on Elmwood to bring the house back to its historic aesthetic. Much of the interior of the building had been destroyed in a fire in the 1990s, leaving the house structurally unsound. The homeowners asked her to repair the damage and restore or return original details to the structure.
She recalled finding treasures hidden in the walls, including clothing and a bottle from an Oak Park beer bottling company from the late 1880s.
“To me, the pieces of the past are the most fun,” Levy said. “We need to preserve the past but move it forward.”
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