Warren Wheaton house History – Currently the office of Bauer Dentistry and Orthodontics
Did you know the building that Bauer Dentistry and Orthodontics is in has a rich local history dating directly back to Warren Wheaton, our town’s founder?!? Check out some cool history about Warren Wheaton and our location.
Warren Wheaton house trivia… Which is NOT true?
- Warren’s house, our current building, is located on the highest elevation in Wheaton.
- Dr. Bryan’s great great great great great grandfather gave Warren Wheaton a job when he came to Wheaton in 1838.
- There is still some of Warren Wheaton’s original exterior wall inside the house.
- Warren’s brother Jessie’s house is still located at 310 W. Evergreen St.
- The area west of Mariano’s was once a swamp and still floods.
Answer at end of post.
History of the Warren Wheaton house @ 623 S Naperville Rd
The house was built in 1847 and 1848 by Warren Wheaton. His house and barn are the first buildings of record in Wheaton still standing. After his passing in 1903, his daughter Lucy Wheaton lived in the house until her death in 1944. The house was vacant in the early 70’s. At some point Thorisen Realty moved in but it wasn’t long until Coldwell Banker bought them out. The transition from Thorisen (sp) Realty to Coldwell Banker was about 1978. Thorisen had a large yellow sign on the corner in the 70’s. They were a local real estate chain.
The original hand-hewn oak plank north wall is still present inside our walls and has been exposed in two small areas for people to see the planks. The planks were likely milled either at Graue Mill in Hinsdale or the now gone Gary’s Mill near the intersection of 59 and Gary’s Mill Rd. Until 1910 the house faced Roosevelt but when the first major remodel was done Lucy had the house face Naperville Rd. Below you can see the areas exposed on the right and left of the television in our reception area.
Jesse Wheaton’s house is also still present at 310 W. Evergreen St. It was constructed in 1858. The city of Wheaton bestowed the Bauers and the owner of Jesse’s house, the Lorentsens, with the first ever Wheaton Preservation Award in 2018.
The Bauer family connection to the area and Warren Wheaton.
In 1838 when Warren Wheaton plowed his claim to 6-700 acres of land the only two smokes in sight were Lyman Butterfield and W Woodward. Warren worked in the spring of 1838, for Lyman Butterfield, Erastus Gary and himself. In June, 1838, he made claim to his land.
At Bauer Dentistry and Orthodontics we have a direct family relationship to the settling of our area. Bryan Bauer is the great, great grandson of Cora Maude Butterfield Carter. Cora is the daughter of Loren Butterfield, the grandson of Lyman Butterfield. Lyman Butterfield, for whom Butterfield Road is named, was one of the first settlers of the area. Lyman came to this area with Joseph Naper, whom Naperville is named for. Lyman arrived before the Wheaton brothers and Warren Wheaton had worked for Lyman on his farm before claiming his own land in present day Wheaton. Lyman Butterfield founded Milton Township. Below is an image of Dr. Bryan as a new born baby on the lap of Cora Maude Butterfield Carter and another photo of his mother pictured with both Cora and Ethel Fisk Butterfield, wife of Lorin Butterfield.
Lyman Butterfield was one of the settlers who threw in his lot with Joseph Naper and came west on the schooner Telegraph in 1831. He was known as a “fearless character” who was “brave to foolhardy” and “particularly skillful with a rifle.” Lyman named one of his sons Andrew Jackson Butterfield after “Old Hickory,” the President very popular with Illinois settlers. Butterfield didn’t stay in Naperville but moved early on to found Milton Township in the present-day Wheaton/Glen Ellyn area.
The future of the site.
Since Warren’s house was torn down by his daughter around or before 1910, the house is not a historical site. It can not be registered as a historical site and protected. Therefore it is likely at some point it will be torn down. It was very close to being torn down and likely would have had we not bought the property in 2017. Starbucks wanted to demo it and take over the corner but the city did not want a busy entrance on Roosevelt street so they backed off. We feel strongly that adding to the building’s value and maintaining a successful business inside of it is the only way it doesn’t get town down. We likely delayed the inevitable for another generation or two.
The first statement is not true. Although it is on a higher elevation than most of Wheaton, there is one neighborhood in North Wheaton that is a few feet higher. For even more details you can check out the following links.