HYDE PARK — A Hyde Park couple is being honored by the Hyde Park Historical Society for restoring a home in the neighborhood’s first planned community.
The society will present Lauren Moltz and John Clement with the Marian and Leon Despres Preservation Award for restoring their home at 5735 S. Harper Ave.
Though the Queen Anne-style house is too altered to be considered historic by the city, it lies on a two-block stretch of Harper crammed with ornate and meticulously preserved homes from Hyde Park’s first planned community, the Rosalie Villas District.
When Moltz and Clement bought the home in 2008, the neighboring trees were beginning to obscure patches were the tarpaper had come loose from the roof and were slowly growing towards a broken attic window.
Charles Fill Architects and contractor Two Weeks have transformed the house into a trim home studded with patterned trim in a spectrum of grays.
Moltz and Clement will be presented with the award at a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St.
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