Joliet’s Cathedral area and the Upper Bluff Historic District is one of my favorite neighborhoods in the Joliet area. My family had the pleasure of living in and renovating a wonderful Tudor Revival from 1999 to 2006. It is a place that takes you back in time and reminds you of days when you knew all your neighbors, their kids, and dogs because you saw them every day, playing in the yard, walking to school, working in the yard or just sitting on the front porch waving as you pass by. The architectural styles vary from Queen Anne, Colonial, Tudor, Art Deco, to Sears and Roebuck Catalog houses. You will see the Queen Anne standing tall with its irregular shape, patterned shingles and decorative trim or maybe the Craftsmen style bungalow with low-pitched roof with overhanging eaves in natural materials such as brick or stone. Whatever style you want it can be found here built between 1870’s and 1950’s.
The Cathedral area neighborhood has a strong advocacy group who has been working with the City of Joliet for more than 29 years to preserve the neighborhood and its unique character. According to the Joliet Cathedral Area Preservation Association’s (CAPA) website www.capajoliet.net , “Founded in 1981, CAPA was formed by concerned neighbors who joined together to address the uncertain future of their neighborhood.” And “In an attempt to preserve and protect the Cathedral Area from further deterioration and decline, neighbors formed CAPA.” They also put on their annual “This Olde Housewalk” in September which allows folks a walking tour of 6 houses picked for their unique style at various levels of renovation and preservation. There are porch luncheons and a plant sale (local perennial gardens are abundant) as well as other attractions that revolve around the tours. Please see the website, www.capajoliet.net for more info.
With all of the work that has been done to preserve the homes here you will still find some which have been lost in a time warp but don’t fret. With any home new or old, it takes loving homeowners who aren’t afraid of the challenges that updating and improving a home can bring to keep any neighborhood viable and a place worth calling home. The Cathedral Area of Joliet is a desirable neighborhood to call Home, and the neighbors still wave as you walk by.