The Frederick Graue House, standing adjacent to Graue Mill and Museum, is located within Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve in Oak Brook. The house was built for the Graue family between 1858 and 1859 and is a fine example of early Victorian “Italianate” architecture, which was prevalent in American home construction between 1850 and 1890. It was the family home until 1945, when the house was sold and subsequently remodeled into a “modern” post World War II residence. The remodeling compromised many of the architectural details as well as the building’s structure. The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County acquired the building and grounds in 1988 and the house stood empty for several years. In 1999, the Forest Preserve District began a $1-million project funded with two $500,000 grants from the State of Illinois administered through the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency to completely renovate the building and surrounding grounds. In order that the restoration would be as historically accurate as possible, any original components that could be salvaged were restored and reinstalled. Particular attention was paid to both exterior and interior paint colors and finishes so they could be accurately reproduced. Today, the exterior of the house represents a historically accurate restoration. The interior has been tastefully renovated to be an adaptive reuse of the space. Wallpaper and paint colors from the William Morris Designer Collection were used throughout the interior to preserve the Victorian character of the interior. The first floor has three large rooms and a service area that are available for public use on a rental basis. The second floor houses the offices of the Museum.


The Frederick Graue House may be rented from 8 A.M. daily.  The event must end NO LATER than 11 P.M.  Reservations are accepted 18 months in advance.

Delivery and set up of equipment or food may begin 2 hours before the event and clean up should be completed by 2 hours after the end of the event.

Occupancy of the House is limited to 70, including serving staff and hosts.  For a sit down luncheon or dinner, the maximum number is 50.  Maximum occupancy of the grounds is 150 and access to the House must be limited to 70 at one time.  For groups of 100 or  more we suggest that you provide addition portable rest room facilities.

All food must be provided by a licensed food vender.  No “pot luck” or “home made” foods may be served.  A list of approved full service caterers and bartenders is available for your consideration. 
If tents are used they can be set up 24 hours before the event and must be removed within 24 hours after the event. 

Grills are permitted on the grounds.

No smoking is allowed on the premises.

Contact (630) 920-9720 x12 for other questions or to book a date.
Delivery and set up of equipment or food may begin 1 hour before the event and clean up should be completed by 1 hour after the end of the event.


The rental fee for the use of the Graue House and Grounds is $750.00 (four hour minimum) for catered events.  Additional hours are available at $85.00 per hour. 

A deposit of $500.00 is due with the signed Rental Agreement.  Reservations will not be confirmed until the Corporation receives the signed Agreement and required deposit.

The balance of the rental fee is due and payable 30 days prior to the event.

There will be a processing charge of $100.00 if the sponsor cancels the event.

In addition to the rental deposit, a damage deposit of $500.00 must also be submitted with the signed Agreement.  The full amount will be returned within 7 business days following the event less any damage amount or costs incurred.

Please email Elissa Fink- Efink@@grauemill.com for a list of preferred caterers or more information about renting the Graue House for meetings or other events of that type.

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