But after a movement by local preservationists to save the landmark-status home, the building, and its historic parquet, will remain in place, according to The Highland Park Landmark.
The historic William Walter Witten home in Highland Park, Ill., was purchased in August by a developer who planned to construct an assisted living facility at the site, according to the Chicago Tribune. Witten was the hardwood flooring professional responsible for a parquet dance floor used at the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. Following the fair, Witten installed pieces of the stunning parquet throughout his Highland Park home. (See more photos of the floor at the William Witten Home Facebook page.)
The developer had planned to remove the parquet and have it installed elsewhere. Local preservationists moved to stop the relocation of the home, which is protected under the city’s historic preservation ordinance, and after a large showing of opposition, the Highland Park’s Historic Preservation Commission denied the developer’s request to relocate the Victorian building.