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David Syme House is the Cat's Meow

SYCAMORE -- The David Syme House is the newest custom piece replicated by Cat's Meow for Made Just For You Gifts. It is one of the grandest of the Victorian homes in Sycamore's historic district. David Syme, an Irishman who arrived in Sycamore in 1868, was one of the organizers of the Sycamore Preserve Works and also was president of the Sycamore National Bank. During his time in Sycamore, he served as mayor and president of the board of education. He donated money and time to the Sycamore Public Library. Syme died in 1911. The house, at 420 Somonauk St., was built around 1880 for about $8,000. George Garnsey of Chicago designed it in the Queen Anne style. It features two turrets and stained glass windows. The house has served as a home for a doctor, a photographer, an art dealer and, presently, for an architect and his family. Cat's Meow has previously produced three custom designs for Made Just for You: the DeKalb County Courthouse, the Ellwood House (also available at the Ellwood House Museum), and the Egyptian Theatre (also available at the Egyptian Theatre). The Cat's Meow Village, inspired by Faline Fry Jones, creates replicas of actual buildings and historic landmarks. It also provides custom-designed collectibles for its retailers, such as Made Just for You. Each wooden replica carries Faline's signature and Casper, the trademark black cat. Made Just for You is located at 338 W. State St. Call (815) 895-8122 to reserve a piece.

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