3 earn Galesburg Landmark awards for historical correctness

 From The Register-Mail:

Preserving history recently earned several Galesburg residents recognition from the Galesburg Landmark Commission.

Robert I.I. Bondi, owner of the Bondi Building at 311 E. Main St., Autumn and Dustin Scott, owners of a home at 1429 Willard St., and Denise and Richard Dechow, owners of the Isaac Burton House at 774 N. Broad St., all recently were given the annual P.A.V.E.R. Awards for their efforts to maintain the historical correctness of their properties.

The GLC has been presenting the awards on an annual basis since 1979. Recipients are selected based upon the quality of degree of difficulty of the project, historical correctness and overall aesthetic contribution…The Isaac Burton House
Denise and Richard Dechow purchased their house at 774 N. Broad St. in January 2002.

“It was in pretty good condition,” Richard said. “The folks before us had done a fair amount of restoration work to the inside of the home.”

But the exterior paint was from the late 1980s or early 1990s, and was in pretty bad need of updating.

The couple selected colors appropriate for the Queen Anne-style home that was designated a local landmark in 1985 and is known as the Isaac Burton House.

“I’ve always had a fond spot for the old Queen Anne homes,” said Richard, a software engineer originally from Abingdon. “My grandma had one in Abingdon and my parents have moved into that now. I’ve just always enjoyed the big old homes.”

The couple met while attending Knox College and eventually left the area as Denise pursued her medical degree and career. They moved back in 2002 to be closer to family. She is a psychiatrist who oversees the inpatient behavioral health program at Galesburg Cottage Hospital.