The Healy Chapel features characteristic Prairie style elements, including the emphasis on the horizontal in the exterior design through the use of horizontal banding and changes in materials from brick on the first and second stories to stucco on the third story. Other Prairie style features include the geometrically patterned terra cotta decoration, stained glass windows and hipped roof. The double stained glass entry doors are also surrounded by decorative terra cotta motifs.
The building's plan and design reflect the architect's careful attention
to the details of both the business and personal aspects of the
mortuary business. The vertical piers on the lower portion are
commercial Prairie style features that reflect the business use. This
contrasts with the more residential stucco material on the second floor,
reflecting its corresponding use.
The Healy Undertaking
Company ranks among the oldest of the family firms in Aurora in which
descendants of the founders are still actively engaged. It was the first
mortuary in Kane County to provide a suitable chapel designed
specifically for its particular use. The ornamental medallion over the
entrance was carefully restored from photographs after the original