Lampert-Wildflower House – Belvidere, Illinois – National Register of Historic Places

The 1838 Lampert-Wildflower House in Belvidere, Illinois, while not as architecturally impressive as, say, Frank Lloyd Wright’s work, is still a fine example of the building style known as “upright and wing”. The fairly common style refers to the nature of the building, which consists of a 2 story “upright” section and wing, or “ell” (wiki). The upright portion of this house was 1838 original, the ell was added during the 1860s.

As I approached the house for photographs, I was greeted by the homeowner, a local artist who operated a gallery/cafe in Belvidere. He invited me to his establishment with promises of a house tour if I showed, but I haven’t been able to get back to Belvidere since. Drats! Oh well, he was a nice person and told me that the home was the oldest extant house in Belvidere, one which he had obviously put much heart and soul into.

The house stands on a block of Lincoln Avenue that is dotted with architecturally significant homes, across the street a stately (it was practically monumental – almost overwhelming) and meticulously restored Queen Anne style house. Down the block is the large 1912 Prairie-influenced J.C. Foote Residence, and the 1842 house that was Belvidere’s first brick home. But it doesn’t seem to matter, because, though small and unassuming, the Lampert House is obvious for other reasons.

The Lampert-Wildflower House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in August 2005 (a distinction not yet afforded the surrounding homes above), included in the listing was the surrounding yard. The yard, which maintains its historic appearance, contains 32 trees and 36 other species of plants, five of those are considered “rare”. The grounds essentially form a sanctuary in the middle of an urban area; the Lamperts were naturalists who maintained the yard for wildlife and plant life alike. Today, the yard is considered “semiwooded”.

I provided information in far greater detail over at the Wikipedia entry for the Lampert-Wildflower House, venture there, or, get it straight from the horse’s mouth: I compiled most of the Wikipedia entry from the National Register nomination form I have below.

Online Resources

*Lampert-Wildflower House: National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form

Illinois Health Insurance Quotes

There are several options for health insurance in the state of Illinois. There are public as well as private plans that are designed to suit all kinds of people. There are many insurance agents and brokerage firms that deal exclusively with Illinois health insurance plans.

These have access to several insurance companies and plans, such as Assurant, BCBS Illinois, UniCare, Blue Cross/ Blue Shield of Illinois, Humana One, Fortis Short-Term Medical, Celtic, American Medical Security, MedPlan Access, Genesis Health System, GE Long Term Care Insurance, and Fortis Student Select Health Insurance. These companies can generate insurance quotes for different kinds of insurance plans, such as individual and family, short term health insurance, dental plans, Illinois HSA Qualified High Deductible Insurance Quotes Individual and Family, small group health insurance plans, senior health insurance, employer-based group health insurance plans, international travel health insurance plans, student health insurance plans, disability insurance, kids’ health insurance, and even CHIP (comprehensive health insurance program) quotes.

Most companies now have online forms for quotes. Basic information such as contact information; personal statistics such as age, sex, height, weight and smoker/non smoker status; details about current health insurance plans; medical condition information and any other additional information has to be filled in. The company would process the data and determine the most suitable plan. There would be rates from different kinds of plans, and different companies to choose from.

Some insurance companies and agents provide different kinds of quote options, such as the instant quote and the custom quote. The instant quote is the fastest kind of application, that provides general information about the eligible plans and their benefits. However, it does not consider the detailed medical history of the applicant, or other insurance underwriting issues. It does not include maternity benefits, or other benefit options. The custom quote, on the other hand, is a more detailed application that considers specific queries and preferences of customers. It covers more insurance plans. Both these quotes can be generated online over the Internet.

Illinois Lemon Laws – What Are the 8 Lemon Law Acts of Illinois

Lemon laws are the laws which grant a solution for purchasers of cars that continuously fall short to meet up the standard quality and performance. Basically these types of car are known as lemons. Illinois lemon laws provide compensation to the customers of defective automobiles and light trucks and vans which are less than 8000 pounds and for other vehicles as well within Illinois.

Here are the 8 Illinois Lemon Law Acts which are illustrated as below :

1) Act 815.380.1 – This law is applicable for the purchaser of a new vehicle.

2) Act 815.380.2 Definitions – Under these law, the following words are described below for the rationale of these acts –

a)”Consumer” refers to a particular person who buys or leases a new vehicle for a certain amount of time; at least one year for personal use and for household or family purposes.

b)”Express warranty” means the same for this act as it is for the purpose of Uniform Commercial Code.

c)”New vehicle” is considered as a passenger car under this act.

d)”Nonconformity” means the failure of a new vehicle which obeys the rules to all express warranties and is valid for the vehicle.

e)”Seller” refers to the manufacturer of the new vehicle or distributor or authorized dealer.

f)”Statutory warranty period” represents a certain period of time; approximately 1 year otherwise 12000 miles of travel since the delivery date of the car to the customer.

g)”Lease cost” means the rent of a new vehicle to the customer which includes fees, down payments taxes and any amount that is paid to the seller.

3) Act 815.380.3 – This act deals with the failure of the vehicle and its remedies and presumption.

4) Act 815.380.4 – This act deals with the various procedures established by the manufacturer and the claims made by the customer.

5) Act Lemon Law 815.380.5 – Persons deciding to continue and reconcile under this Act shall be excluded from a separate reason of action under the Uniform Commercial Code.

6) Act Lemon Law 815.380.6 – If any claim comes under this act then it will be initiating within 18 months of the delivery date of the vehicle.

7) Act Lemon Law 815.380.7 – The seller provides a written statement about the details of the customer rights to the consumer.

8) Act Lemon Law 815.380.8 – This act is applied in case of motor cars commencement with the model year which is pursued by the applicable date of this act.