The Village of Barrington has the largest residential historic district in the State of Illinois. It’s also well known for it’s diverse architectural styles. More than 350 properties are included in Barrington’s Historic Preservation Overlay district. Prominent styles represented include Victorian, Tudor, Colonial, Folk, and Italianate. Most of Barrington’s historic structures were built between 1885-1935. Each style represents the historical significance of a different period in American history. Barrington architecture is like a history book. Each page could tell a story about the life and times of those who lived here. Plaque and markers can be found throughout the village. They showcase details on each location’s historical significance.
This vibrant community balances new developments and a growing landscape with preserving the beauty and style of the past. The combination of old and new makes Barrington one of the top places to live in Illinois.
Interesting Historical Structures
Some of the more interesting historical structures in Barrington include the Octagon House ,(223 West Main Street, Barrington, IL) Catlow Theater, (116 W. Main Street, Barrington, IL) and Ice House Mall (200 Applebee Street, Barrington, IL). Among the more stunning examples of Barrington architecture can be found on Lake Street. This quiet, tree-lined street contains some of the best examples of Queen Anne homes anywhere in Illinois.
Perhaps the most interesting structure in Barrington was designed by a Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice, Don Erickson. In 1966, Erickson acquired a 10-acre plot of wooded land on the north side of Barrington. He built his house and lived there with his wife and three children. In 1967, a series of tornadoes destroyed 140 homes. Erickson’s was included. In 1969 he rebuilt his home using exposed brick, glass walls and many other elements that made Wright-style homes so interesting. This home is one of the great gems of Barrington.