S.135 – Avery Coonley Residence, 281 Bloomingbank Road, Riverside, Illinois
The Coonley Residence is part of a complex of four buildings completed over a five-year period, which also includes the Coonley Gardener’s Cottage (S.136), the Coonley Carriage House (S.137), and the Coonley Playhouse (S.174).
By 2014 the Coonley Residence had gone unsold, its multi-million dollar pricetag hardly attracting buyers during the economic downturn. As a result, the house sat vacant and attracted human vermin. While the outside shows ravages of weather and time, the interior was subjected to more deliberate damage as the house became a local party site. Local and national historic designations served as a restraint upon owners and developers, not upon teenagers.
It was sold in 2015 and the new owners are engaged in restoration (chronicled on a Facebook account).
Photographed on August 6, 2014 and in April 1994.
Examples of damage
The marker starts to look more like a gravestone