ST. CHARLES – A historic building in downtown St. Charles will have a new home by the end of this summer, said Peter Suhr, public works director for St. Charles. The Jones Law Office, located behind the Dunham-Hunt House at 304 Cedar Ave. in St. Charles, will be moved the week of Aug. 25, about one mile south to Langum Park, Suhr said.
The 14-foot-by-14-foot, single-room law office building was originally attached to a home that Ira Minard built in 1842 at 504 E. Main St., according to the St. Charles Historical Museum. It was later purchased by Steven Sandborn Jones in 1843, and the office was moved to the Dunham-Hunt House property in 1988, according to an executive summary of the proposed move.
The city had an option to relocate the building as part of its sale contract for the Dunham-Hunt House property, which was sold in 2013, the executive summary said. The St. Charles City Council approved the law office’s relocation earlier this year.
The city has hired Wheaton-based Muehlfelt Enterprises to transport the office down Third Avenue to Riverside Avenue, and from there to its future location at the south end of Langum Park, closer to Route 25 and Devereaux Way, Suhr said.
Suhr said the city will work out logistics with the contractor, including moving or lifting overhead utility lines and crossing busy traffic on Main Street. The total cost for the project is an estimated $73,000, which includes the relocation of the building, utility line movement and installing a sidewalk to the office at the park, he said.
The City Council approved the use of funds from the city’s reserves to pay for the project. The Camp Kane Heritage Foundation will work with the Daughters of the American Revolution and the St. Charles Heritage Center to maintain the office, said Kim Malay, who represented the foundation at a City Council committee meeting on Monday.
Malay said a rededication ceremony for the office is being planned for late September.
For more information on the Jones Law Office, or to volunteer at its future site in Langum Park, call the St. Charles Public Works Department at 630-377-4405.