Open House July 4 at Barrington’s White House

Village of Barrington News
June 28, 2017

Barrington’s White House will host an Open House July 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 145 West Main Street in Barrington.

Docents will be stationed throughout the House to provide historical information on this meticulously renovated 1898 mansion, including details about its original owners, John Robertson, Jr. and his wife Julia, and the home’s classic design inspiration from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exhibition. They will transport you back in time to what it was like to live in Barrington when the house was built.

Immediately following the parade, Barrington resident Tim Dunn will read the Declaration of Independence from the front porch of Barrington’s White House. Tim is former Barrington High School teacher, former Village Trustee and Co-Chair of Barrington’s Sesquicentennial Committee. He is the great-nephew of Arnett C. Lines, Barrington historian and namesake of Lines elementary school in Barrington, whose father, carpenter Fred Lines, built Barrington’s White House.

“Tim’s reading was well received at the Sesquicentennial and serves to remind all of us of the historical importance of the day,” said Jack Schaefer, Barrington White House Advisory Board member and a member of the Barrington Cultural Commission.

Free 8 x 12” flags will be given to the first 200 people who come to hear Tim read. American Legion Post 158, Barrington Memorial VFW Post 7706 and the Signal Hill Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution are generously supplying the flags.

Also in attendance at the House on July 4th will be Joel Oppenheimer, to answer questions on the Barrington’s White House John James Audubon print, as well as a collection of eighteen recently historically archived framed plats, documents, and photos showing the development of Barrington from the mid-1800s through early 1900s. The framed documents are located primarily on the first floor, for easy viewing. Oppenheimer is one of the country’s foremost authorities on Audubon prints, museum-quality framing, and art conservation and state-of-the-art printing. His natural history art galleries are located in Chicago’s Tree Studios and in Charleston, North Carolina.

In the third floor Ballroom, local historian Diane P. Kostick will be selling her books on the historical people, organizations and businesses of Barrington: Voices of Barrington and Chronicles of Barrington, with a forward by Karen Darch and illustrations by Mort Luby. As well, copies of the special issue of Quintessential Barrington:1865-2015 Barrington Celebrates its Sesquicentennial will be available for purchase.

Barrington’s White House is a unique venue located in the heart of downtown Barrington at 145 West Main Street. This meticulously restored 1898 mansion hosts cultural and community events and is also available for rental for weddings, corporate meetings, non-profit fundraisers and family celebrations, such as baby and bridal showers and birthday parties. Visit the website at or call 224-512-4292 for your private tour.