Much Needed Repairs

Repairs have begun on a building almost as old as Naperville itself. After many years of chipping paint and disrepair, the Greene Family Barn is finally getting some attention. But before construction began, Forest Preserve commissioners surveyed the public to make sure they would support the project, which would cost nearly $1.5 million.

“A vast majority of the people were interested in not only saving it but using the barn,” said Carl Schultz, District 5 Commissioner to the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County.

Commissioner Carl Schultz pushed for the project to happen.

“It’s just a big, beautiful old building and it’s just a history of barn building walking through it,” said Schultz.

For years Schultz has worked with Naperville resident Herb Nadelhoffer to gain public support to fix the barn. Nadelhoffer grew up down the street from the Greenes.

“I had gotten to know Bill Greene later in his life and I thought he was a very honorable and wonderful person,” said Nadelhoffer. “His idea was at some time was to have this house and barn used by the public.”

And he wanted his family’s barn to be used long after he was gone, which is why he donated the land and the building to the forest preserve. 40 years after the deal with the forest preserve the barn is finally being stabilized.

“We’re basically working on fixing any rotted or deteriorated timber frames inside the barn,” said Jessica Ortega, Landscape Architect Supervisor for the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County.

The construction workers will then move to the outside of the barn, substituting pieces of siding that have been damaged and replacing the cupolas on top of the building.

Forest preserve staff say the stabilization project should be done by mid-June.

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