5. Simpson House, 1906

Le Roy and Bessie Simpson purchased this lot from their friend, Ira C. Copley, and began construction in 1906. they hired architect Ben E Holden who designed the house in the Craftsman style. Ben and his brother Frank grew up in Aurora, attended MIT and then the E'Cole Des Beaux Arts in Paris. The features of the Craftsman style incorporated in this house include the use of the natural, textured materials, simplicity in design, flared gable roofs and recessed porches.


523 W Downer Place
Aurora, IL 60506