Research has uncovered new information about one of Naperville’s oldest buildings.
The mayor joined curators and other Naper Settlement staff for a ribbon cutting and tour at the newly named Hobson Law Office.
Built in 1842 and formerly known as the Murray House, the office was thought to be the home of Robert Murray, a sheriff, lawyer, and judge.
Evidence now shows that from 1857 to 1867 it was actually the law office of Merritt Hobson, a member of one of Naperville’s pioneer families.
“After 41 years of just sort of interpreting the building based on some research initially, this is an exciting day to change that and say ‘look at all these newspapers ads, look at the census, the tax records.’ What do the records tell us? And they’re telling us this building was a commercial building,” said Brian Ogg, Curator of Research.
The building used to be downtown but was moved to its current location at Naper Settlement in 1971.
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