1827 S. Prairie
John W. Doane’s residence at 1827 S. Prairie was among the largest on the street. It featured such amenities as stained-glass windows designed by John LaForge. The Theodore V. Wadskier designed house was built in 1882.
Mr. Doane was one of the founders of the Western Edison Light Company, which is now part of ComEd.
When the home opened officially in November 1882, it was Mr. and Mrs. Doane’s 25th wedding anniversary. Guests were treated to the first use of electric lights in a residence, powered by a generator in the coach house.
By 1913 the house was converted into offices for the Radford Architectural Company until a fire in 1927 seriously damaged the building.
Interior of 1827 S. Prairie showing an electric light fixtrure