Hundreds of Wilmette residents responded enthusiastically to the Historical Society’s appeal for funds. These funds, together with a generous bequest from Kendall Clampitt, made it possible to begin restoration in 1992. Architects, artisans and craftsmen worked for three years to restore this magnificent structure and to create a public research room, exhibit gallery, administrative office, and storage areas for the collections. On April 8, 1995, the Museum re-opened to the public in its first permanent home.
Restoration efforts in the 1990s had reserved the basement and second floor for administrative purposes. Yet, the Historical Society wanted to open the entire Gross Point Village Hall building to the public. With that goal in mind, they embarked on a $1 million capital campaign to raise funds for an addition on the west side of the historic building. After two years of planning and fundraising, a new addition was opened on September 19, 2004. This endeavor created a remarkable new museum facility with expanded exhibit space, enlarged meeting room facilities, and a new research room, administrative offices and state-of-the art collections storage rooms.