DuPage County Forest Preserve District – Danada House

The Danada House

DuPage County Forest Preserve District
Wheaton, Illinois

November 2024

Total Building Renovation including of the 19room historic Danada House including 4,000 sf Atrium Hal

Project Scope

To sustain the pastoral image and continue its over 40 years history of one of Chicagoland’s most premier wedding venues, major renovation plans led by Allen + Pappa Architects are well underway to the Du Page County Forest Preserve District historic Danada House in Wheaton, Illinois.

Built as part of Dan and Ada Rice’s racehorse training estate in 1939, the 19-room country mansion will continue to serve as a special event facility set within the 800-acre Danada Forest Preserve upon is much needed renovation which is on schedule to begin in April 2024.


The Danada House
DuPage County Forest Preserve District
Wheaton, Illinois


Jessica Ortega
Manager of Strategic Plans & Initiatives
The Danada House
(630) 871-6404

The Featherstone Difference

Featherstone was hired by the Forest Preserve to work with the staff and design team by providing detailed cost information and constructability input during the design phase and then bring our model of publicly bidding each self-preforming trade contractor to assure the best value for the district with the proposed specialty improvements while minimizing the construction duration since the venue is a major revenue generator to the district.

Category: New Projects

Budget: $5,700,000

Featherstone Facts

Average Bid to Build Variance -3.11%,
Average Value for Fee at 145%
Last 5 years – 5 Fabulous Parks
Last 5 years – 5 Fantastic Libraries
Multiple, Decades-Longstanding, Client Relationships – The Morton Arboretum, Chicago Botanic Garden, Brookfield Zoo, the Wauconda Public Library, The Schaumburg Township District Library