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Ravinia Neighbors Association Blog

Welcome to RNA’s Blog Page which features articles from Ravinia writers. Although articles are chosen in accordance with topics we feel are relevant to Ravinia and of possible interest to our readers, RNA does not necessarily endorse the opinions put forth in the blog posts. If you would like to comment on any articles put forth in the blogs, please use the comment box that follows each post.

VanBergen Celebrated!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

From The Ravinia Neighbors Association

Who was John VanBergen? The Highland Park Historical Society answers that question this month in their October celebration of this little known architect of the Prairie school. As it turns out, John VanBergen was a prolific architect in Ravinia and the surrounding Highland Park area, designing various smaller homes and schools such as Ravinia (addition) and Braeside. Those interested in "taking the tour" should visit the HPHS website at hphistory.net The following brief glimpse of the local architect was written by Jean Sogin, Chair of the Historic Preservation Commission and Board member of the HP Historical Society. Read More

Open House to be Held for Ravinia Business District Streetscape Design

Friday, August 31, 2012

From The Ravinia Neighbors Association

For years, the RNA has been working with the city to improve the Ravinia business district, establishing the Tax Increment Financing (TIF), securing marketing studies and planning for upgraded streetscapes and necessary infrastructure improvements. The city has now assembled the professional services of Hitchcock Design Group, Nicholas Associates and Strand Associates to create a streetscape design and branding study. Read More

A New Look for an Old House

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

By Lynne Jungman

The Highland Park Historical Preservation Commission selected the house at 501 Burton Avenue for its prestigious award, " best restoration" of an existing home in 2011. Many Ravinia neighbors had watched its transformation from drab to delightful. It presents now an inviting, picture-postcard loveliness. Read More