Galesburg, IL. The single-family residence at 1547 Florence Avenue in Galesburg has been selected to receive the Community Blue-Ribbon Award for the month of January. The home is currently owned by Amy Morris and is in the city’s First Ward. The Blue-Ribbon Award, facilitated by the Stewardship Team of Galesburg on Track and the City’s Community Development Department, recognizes exterior improvements to residential properties that reflect a positive town image. The nomination was submitted by Gary Nelson of Galesburg and announced by First Ward Alderman Bradley Hix at Monday’s city council meeting.
The 1937 home was purchased by Terry and Susan Woolsey of Woolsey Home Improvements in 2013. They completely renovated the deteriorating structure. New windows, doors, and siding were installed under a rebuilt roof, a deck was constructed on the back, and a remodeled front porch and landscaping added to the curb appeal from the street. A freshly tuckpointed foundation provides functional and aesthetic value.
After award selection, it was learned that extensive improvements were also done on the inside of the home. This included new electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems. Hardwood flooring harvested from a local farmhouse demolition and a repurposed door from the old Silas Willard School give the property a sense of Galesburg history.
Galesburg on Track is seeking nominations from the city’s second ward for the month of February. Nomination forms can be completed through the city’s website or by contacting a Galesburg on Track member.