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219 W. Highland Avenue
212 W Highland Avenue 1
219 W Highland Avenue
 Photo Courtesy of Old Elgin; A Pictorial History
In 1852, William C. Kimball built the Waverly House to serve the growing number of travelers going to and from Chicago and Galena on the newly opened Railroad. The Waverly House had a large dining room, a ballroom that could accommodate 100 dancers and a rather steep daily rate of $2.

Wealthy Chicagoans used the Waverly as a summer resort and special trains brought guest from the city.[i] The Waverly was sold to the city for use as a court and lockup in 1884. In later years, the Waverly was used as a factory producing condensed milk and malted milk. The hotel was razed in 1917.[ii]

The stables were built in 1853. Nestled close to the public sidewalk, the stables offer a close-up view of the stone and mortar work that make cobblestone structures unique. In the photo to the right, the stables are visible on the far right. 

Current Use
Over the years this little building has been home to many shops and restaurants. Currently, Windmill Antiques operates out of this store.

[i] Alft, E.C. Elgin Area Landmarks; A Community Heritage Tour Guide, Elgin Area Historical Society, Elgin IL, 1975 p. 29.
[ii] Alft, EC. Old Elgin: A Pictorial History, G. Bradley Publishing Inc, St Louis MO, 1991 p.14.

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