Iconic Kenilworth pylon damaged in collision

Kenilworth police had not laid charges Wednesday morning in the single-car crash that significantly damaged one of the village's two Sheridan Road entry pylons. The incident took place about 9:30 p.m. Aug. 5. | Village of Kenilworth
Kenilworth police had not laid charges Wednesday morning in the single-car crash that significantly damaged one of the village's two Sheridan Road entry pylons. The incident took place about 9:30 p.m. Aug. 5. | Village of Kenilworth

“It’s a sad morning,” Kenilworth Village Manager Patrick Brennan said Wednesday, after one of Kenilworth’s historic entry pylons was badly damaged in a car crash Tuesday on Sheridan Road.

Police are investigating the single-car collision, which took place just before 9:30 p.m., Chief David Miller said Wednesday.

A 71-year-old man driving north on Sheridan veered off the road and into one of two stone pylons sitting just north of 10th Street in Wilmette and marking the entry into Kenilworth.

The man was not injured in the collision, but was taken to Evanston Hospital after complaining of medical problems, Miller said: “it is not clear if the driver fell asleep or had a medical condition.”

The pylon, which stood on the east side of Sheridan, sustained significant damage. There was no word Wednesday on damage estimates, or how long it would take to repair the monument.

According to information on the village’s website, architect George W. Maher, an early resident who designed the Kenilworth Assembly Hall, also was responsible for civic sculpture in town, including bridges and entry pylons, in the early part of the 20th century.

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