City of Homes Organization kicks off Berwyn Bungalow Preservation Initiative
Berwyn’s City of Homes Organization (CoHo) is giving bungalows a boost with the launch of the Berwyn Bungalow Preservation Initiative (BBPI) this summer. The initiative, begun by Berwyn residents and bungalow owners Nasri AbiMansour and Richard Bruen, aims to help bungalow owners properly preserve, restore and rehabilitate their historic homes. But, according to Bruen, CoHo’s broader aim is to “protect the unique streetscapes and friendly Berwyn neighborhoods.”
The City of Berwyn has one of the largest concentrations of Chicago-style bungalows outside of the City of Chicago proper and the bungalow stands as Berwyn’s principal housing style. Working in conjunction with Berwyn city officials, the State of Illinois, and with the assistance of the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association, CoHo is developing a program to allow existing and new Berwyn bungalow owners to have their homes designated as historical landmarks and qualify for an eight-year property tax assessment freeze among other financial incentives.