SAVE THE PATTEN HOUSE
: Cultivating The Patten House's Future
Historic preservation isn't always uppermost in the
minds of voters as elections approach, but on this
year's spring ballot a referendum question about a
vintage home will appear. Yes, the Patten House, located
on the corner of Benton and Wood Streets in Palatine
and recently listed on the prestigious National Register
of Historic Places, will be there.
Thanks to the efforts
of Palatine Village Councilman Jim Wilson, on April
17, 2007 Palatine residents were asked to advise
their Village Council regarding the purchase of the
private Patten House for public use.
the text of the referendum.
question then facing voters is whether the Village
of Palatine should buy the historic Patten House. Councilman
Wilson believes that it is up to the voters to decide.
This is an opportunity for the Village to strike a
balance between the old and the new. Palatine has seen
significant development recently which has revitalized
the community, but it is important to recognize that
we have so much to preserve.
Thanks again to Councilman
Wilson for getting this important community issue on
the April ballot, and thanks to the residents voting
on that ballot to support the referendum advising the
Village of Palatine to do the right thing by purchasing
an important part of our local heritage, the historic