In May 1917, the building at 127 South First Street was constructed for the Chicago Telephone Company in an effort to unify exchanges and standardize equipment. It was reported that the first long-distance phone call west of Chicago was made through this telephone office.
Eventually, the building housed administrative offices of the Kane County government, then served as headquarters for the DuPage Library System (DLS) beginning in 1973. DLS was one of nine multi-type regional library systems in Illinois, serving parts of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, and Will counties. In July, 2011 DLS merged with four other systems to form the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS). Most recently, the building has been renovated into rental office space by BEI Properties.
To celebrate “May is Membership Month” and the telephone building’s 100-year anniversary, the Geneva History Museum is hosting an Open House in partnership with BEI Properties. Come explore 127 South First Street on Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to noon. Donate $100+ to the Museum during this event and receive a limited edition gift and a free membership.