Coles County Historic Preservation Advisory Council Members
Conduct Architectural Reconnaissance Survey
of Mattoon's Lumpkin Heights Subdivision

L-R Joyce St. Michael, Carolyn Cloyd, Lori Henderson, Earl Halbe and Kit Morice in the foreground of 320 Wabash



Members of the CCHPAC began conducting on September 12, 2015 a reconnaissance survey of the architectural styles of residential properties located within Mattoon's Lumpkin Heights subdivision. The Council's primary objective in carrying out this survey was to assess both the the number and variety of styles found in this very attractive area. They are considering how this information may be used in educational programming and in other ways.

The Lumpkin Heights subdivision dates to 1915 and was a real estate development initiative undertaken by Mattoon's Lumpkin family. Located on the east side of Mattoon, the subdivision is generally bounded by Logan and 6th Streets on a north/south axis and Charleston and Lafayette Avenues on the east/west axis.

Council members determined that Lumpkin Heights includes good examples of early/mid-20th century residential architecture. Dominant styles found within the subdivision include craftsman, Tudor, colonial revival, mid-century modern, and ranch. A high percentage of the approximately 100 properties surveyed retain their historic integrity. Several examples of the styles that are found in this interesting subdivision are pictured.

320 Wabash Avenue - Sears Osborn House.
Craftsman Bungalow offered for sale from 1915 to 1929

(picture below).
5 Lafayette Avenue/Curyea House -
Locally rare Second Empire Style, ca. 1870s

(picture below).
221 Wabash Avenue -
Tudor Style, ca. 1930

(picture below).
520 Wabash Avenue/Manor Apartments -
Mid-Century Modern Style multi-family building, 1948

(picture below).
145 Charleston Avenue/Rose House -
Mid-century Modern/Contemporary, ca. 1955

(picture below)
6th Street and Wabash Avenue Gateway
(Urban Furniture) with brick street (Wabash Avenue)
in the background

(pictured below)
Council member Steve Thompson poses on his childhood neighborhood "jungle-gym."