Saturday, March 6, 2010


This rather glum-looking gentleman was an early pioneer settler of Naperville and is frequently called the "Founding Father of DuPage County."

Bailey Hobson and I have something in common.
The old stone building in front of my office was built between 1845 and 1847 as the home for this man's son, John Hobson. I have called the structure behind the old stone building my home away from home for the best part of 20 years. The Hobsons resided in the building somewhere around 49 years.

Besides the Hobsons, various colorful occupants have lived in the old building over the years. From 1894 to 1910 it was used to board both horses and their trainers. Gambling was a favorite past time of the trainers and sometimes there were differences of opinion. The bullet holes found in the original front door are thought to date from this time.

In 1979 the Law Offices of Cellucci and Yacobellis purchased the old stone building and under their ownership the building has flourished. I'm happy to report that although there have been quite a few heated discussions in the building, no additional shots have been fired since the horses and trainers vacated the premises.

In 1988 a red brick addition was built behind the stone house creating an attractive space for professional offices. Next time you're in the office check out the interior design. The fireplace, staircase, doors, bookcases, and moldings were removed from a monastery in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin and masterfully installed throughout the addition.

I'm just speculating, but I think Bailey Hobson would be impressed.