Henry Harms Historic Home in Skokie



Oil painting depicts the house owned by Henry Harms, the founder of Skokie in 1854. The 1869 farmhouse, built of hand-made brick, is shown with a porch and tall trees covered with colorful autumn leaves.

This painting was commissioned by the Skokie Public Library Board of Trustees in 2002 to commemorate the third and final home of Henry Harms (1832-1913) who is considered to be Skokie's founder. The house was located at 5319 Oakton Street, just a block west of the Library, and was demolished after local fund-raising efforts to preserve the house, which was suffering from structural problems. The property was purchased by the Skokie Park District Board in 1999.

Eugene J. Paprocki is a Chicago artist and his paintings are exhibited internationally.

Located on the east wall in southeast corner of the Second Floor.
Collection of Skokie Public Library. Commissioned by The Board of Trustees, 2002.


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Physical Dimensions

47 x 59 in.