About The Berry House
Located at 227 South Third Street, Geneva, Illinois, The Berry House is home to a 14 store shopping area. Now it can be visited on Third Street as a marketplace, but it used to be just a family house when it was first built and owned by Samuel Berry in 1854. Since that time, the property has changed hands many times, now owned by the Vantell Group, LLC. It hosts a unique blend of emporiums that include a hair salon, retail shops, eateries, and a wine shop.
Since 1854, owners have ranged from bank workers to a nurse and at one time a Civil War veteran held the title to the Berry House. The house is also a part of Geneva's history. Around 1905, the current deed owner sold 10 acres of Geneva land to the Fabyan family. On that land, Frank Lloyd Wright designed what is now known as the Fabyan Villa, and Andrew Carnegie partially funded the construction of the first Geneva Library.
The first time the Berry House was used as a retail space was in the 1960s when owners Helen and Lee Miller used the bottom floor as an antique shop and the top floor as their residence. It eventually expanded and in 1987, the house became a shopping center, but it was very important to the owner that each shop could keep their unique identity, a value we hold to the highest importance even 40 years later!
Since the Vantell Group, LLC has owned the Berry house, many renovations have been completed to ensure that while keeping its historical charm, the house will continue to host the best shopping and dining experience possible. Standing and growing since Geneva was first founded, the Berry House is a must stop when visiting the historic downtown.