225 VILLA STREET
225 Villa Street was built in 1905 for widow Angeline M. Corbey and her son Leon, her daughter Louise and her son-in-law John Christie. Angeline was living at 137 N. Porter Street until her husband, Edward S. Corby passed in 1899. Angeline worked in the dial room of the Elgin National Watch Company. She later became a "blocker" at the company. Her son-in-law worked as a building contractor and her daughter as a buyer for a department store.
225 Villa Street was built in the Shingle Style as shown by the wood shingles in the exterior siding cut into interlocking and repeated shapes. This house was designed by notable Elgin Architect, William Wright Abell and was built by George F. Bernard.
Sources: 2013 Heritage Plaque Application; Audio: TextAloud