The Foundation for the Preservation of Flossmoor History was created to bring the Flossmoor community together, past and present, to celebrate our distinct history and understand how it shapes our promising future. And soon, we will have a home…

The Wagner Building

The Wagner Building is Flossmoor’s oldest commercial building. Located at the corner of Flossmoor Road and Leavitt Avenue, it was built in 1889 and was home to A.L. Wagner & Co. Real Estate. The Wagner’s were one of the “founding families’’ of Flossmoor. They built the Civic Center, which became the hub of downtown Flossmoor and the central business district.

Al Wagner recently donated the building to the Foundation for the Preservation of Flossmoor History with the hopes we can restore it and create a space for the community to learn about our history, gather with neighbors, and promote the arts.

Upcoming Events

Join us at an upcoming event! On Wednesday, June 26 from 5-6 p.m. we are hosting tours of the Wagner building. From 6-7:30 p.m. Flossmoor Station Restaurant owners Carolyn and Dean Armstrong are hosting a reception to celebrate 100 years of Flossmoor history and raise funds for the renovation of our future home, the Wagner Building.

The station was originally constructed in 1912 and served as a full-service station for early commuters and visitors. It was later converted into a mall and in 1996 the Armstrong’s turned it into the Flossmoor Station Restaurant and Brewery. A lot of history will be on display, including original 1910 blueprints of the station.

Get Involved

This is your opportunity to get involved and create a vibrant and unique space for our community, not to mention save a landmark. Be part of Flossmoor history and help bring this project to life!

We’re looking for monetary donations and artifacts that tell the history of Flossmoor. Some of the categories we’re looking to highlight are our Indian roots, inhabitants prior to 1924, historic homes and diverse architectural styles, the importance of education, the influence of golf, the success and strengths of an integrated community, prominent residents, and other ideas you may have!

Monetary donations may be made to the “Foundation for the Preservation of Flossmoor History”:

Via Check mailed to the Foundation at P.O. Box 94, Flossmoor, IL 60422

Via Venmo at @flossmoorhistory

Via PayPal at [email protected]

To donate artifacts or join the effort, please contact us at [email protected]

**The Foundation for the Preservation of Flossmoor History is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 87-4278282.**

We’d love to hear what Flossmoor means to you!

In The News

Jones, Bill. ‘Tremendous collection’ of midcentury architecture focus of tour in Flossmoor, Olympia Fields, Chicago Tribune Daily Southtown, June 19, 2023.

Rodkin, Dennis & Guth, Amy. Chicago home prices stay solid, with one caveat (16:30), Crain’s Daily Gist podcast, EP 875, June 1, 2023.

Rodkin, Dennis. Peek at a dozen midcentury homes on this driving tour, Crain’s Chicago Business, May 30, 2023.

Crump, Eric. Flossmoor historical society acquires Wagner Building to serve as space for history and arts, HF Chronicle, December 25, 2022.

Traut, Lauren. Historic, Cherished Wagner Building Donated to Local Nonprofit, Patch, December 9, 2022.