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Carlos Lattin House: Sycamore, Illinois Part 5 February 1, 2008

Posted by dr. gonzo in Architecture, History, Houses, National Register of Historic Places.
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Carlos Lattin was the first permanent settler in the DeKalb county seat of Sycamore, Illinois. Lattin arrived in Sycamore in 1835 and constructed a log cabin near the site of present-day downtown Sycamore, just north of Downtown Shoes, at 307 S. State St. (Illinois 64). The site is marked by a plaque at that address.


Plaque marking spot of Sycamore’s first cabin

In 1854 Lattin had a new home constructed in the 300 block of Somonauk St. The 1854 Greek Revival house still stands and is considered part of the Sycamore Historic District. The home also exhibits the traits of the Upright and Wing style shown in the Lampert-Wildflower House in Belvidere, Illinois, although it is executed more elegantly here, in the Greek Revival Lattin House.


1854 Carlos Lattin House

Lattin worked as a farmer and lumber dealer, eventually serving as DeKalb County Treasurer. He also worked as a correspondent for the Chicago Democrat.


Another angle

The Sycamore Historic District became part of the National Register of Historic Places in May of 1978.

Other Sycamore Posts
*Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

Online Resources
*Carlos Lattin House: 1970s photograph
*Wikipedia: Carlos Lattin House, Sycamore Historic District (by me – as are the related articles)
*Sycamore Historic District: National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form

Follow the Gonzo trail to Lee County tomorrow, with a quick stop before we hit Dixon. Stay tuned.

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