Elwood served as an infantryman in WWI, before becoming a coach at Summit High School. He was head coach of the football, basketball and baseball team for 30 year period between 1926 and 1956, He also served as athletic director, gym teacher and when the car came to suburbia, he taught driver education. During the Depression, Elwood Cornog purchased clothing and coats for Hilltop students whose families were down on their luck. During World War II, Coach Cornog drilled students in infantry tactics, drawing upon his own doughboy experience. He also created the Suburban Conference, a really competitive high school conference that operated up until 1981. Coach Cornog coached many, many successful teams and athletes over his 30-year career. His 1929 basketball team won an outright state championship, a feat that hasn't been repeated since in Summit
Here is the building after the 2015 chimney restoration but before we started work in 2017.
This iconic park structure has been undergoing much needed exterior work during 2017. The original slate roof has been repaired and restored with the contractors just putting the finishing touches on their work and underground drainage has been completed to direct water away from the building.
In this photo, you can see the craftsmanship being done to restore this building. After slate restoration, the gutters and roof ridges have all been re-made out of copper. The second floor dormers have been copper clad as well as new copper on all 3 front door overhangs. On the right hand side, you can see we've removed the overhang and replaced it with a period correct design to match the front door.
Close up of the front, second floor dormers along with the new windows that were installed throughout the building.
This last view shows the rear of the building. One nice feature is that all copper on the building has been chemically treated so it remains just as you see here.
Up next for this building is the grading and paving to make the front entrance ADA accessible followed by new landscaping along with low voltage LED landscape lights.