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Looking for the perfect gift for those who live in or love Geneva? The City’s newest pewter ornament featuring the restored Patten House is now available for purchase.
The 2015 ornament depicts the home on the front and history of the building on the back. The ornament is being sold for $12 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday at City Hall, 22 S. First St. People can also “Shop The Geneva Store" online at the link below.
Built in 1857 by owner George Patten, the home at 124 S. Second St. served as a temporary Kane County Courthouse from 1890 to 1892 after a fire destroyed the original courthouse. Since 1919, the house had been owned by the Nottolini family, and for a time between 1920 and 1930, the building was called the South Park Hotel.
Nancy Luyten purchased the property to start her new Cajun-flaired restaurant venture in 2014. Before the first meal was ever served at the Patten House of Geneva Restaurant and Bar, the 157-year-old home underwent a significant interior and exterior restoration to make this historical gem shine again.
This is the sixth year Geneva has sold its traditional pewter ornament to the community. Previous editions have featured the City logo, City Hall, Pure Oil Building and Loveday House.
The City also sells other Geneva-themed merchandise, including bracelets, picture frames, golf balls with tees, tote bags and more. Quantities are limited. For more information, call Sherri Weitl at 630-232-7494.