Growth Over a Century Ago Yields a Wonderful Architectural Heritage
Growth in the mid to late 1800’s and the early 20th century resulted in Wellington having a unique asset, a variety of quality architecture.
Colleges bring classes to our community because of the range of architectural styles that can be found in easy walking distances.
With nearly 200 structures listed in the national historical record, Wellington’s commitment to preserving this architectural heritage is evident.
An excellent walking tour guide can be found by following this link.
Wellington Town Hall
Wellington’s Town Hall is one example of this commitment. Designed by
the architect Oscar Cobb of Chicago at a cost of $40,000 in 1885, the
Town Hall originally housed the bulk of Wellington’s public functions as
well as an Opera House. This structure features an unusual but
attractive blend of Byzantine, Gothic, Greek and Spanish architecture.
Through a levy in 1950 the Town Hall was returned to service and has
benefited from brick work restoration and a major remodeling and update
in 1983. The wisdom of those decisions, along with on-going work to
improve the Town Hall and surrounding village green, provides the
community with a governmental, social and architectural centerpiece.
A walk along Main Street, especially to the south offers a feast of
architecture with residences that have been carefully preserved.
Victorian era architecture abounds, fine homes in the styles of Gothic
Revival, Italianate, Second Empire, Queen Anne, Folk Victorian, Shingle
Style and Colonial Revival can be viewed. Greek Revival and American
Neoclassicism are also present. Be sure to wander to the streets east
and west of Main Street to see other great Victorian era homes.
As you view these homes enjoy the fine architectural features many
offer. An enjoyable afternoon or evening can be spent walking the shady
sidewalks and noting the variety of column orders used and the fine
woodworking details of the designs.