A Brief History
In 1921, the Ulen Contracting Company signed a $10 million agreement with the Bolivian government to construct a railroad, including stations and terminals throughout the country. To fulfill this agreement, Ulen organized Ulen & Company in New York City. He retained ownership of Ulen Contracting Company and was the president of both companies. He also served as vice president of the Shandaken Tunnel Corporation of New York, which would construct the Shandaken Tunnel through the Catskill Mountains and provide drinking water to New York City. At the time, it was the longest tunnel in the world. Ulen’s company also completed massive public works projects in Greece and other countries. Ulen was also moving in the circles of other important American businessmen. He was a member of the Banker’s Club in New York, a lifetime member of the Hamilton Club in Chicago, a member of the South Shore Club in Chicago and a member of the Evanston Country Club in Evanston, Illinois. The latter memberships reflected his love for golf and the social life found in country clubs.
It was a love that he would soon fulfill in his hometown.
Building the Town of Ulen
Construction of houses began during the late 1920s, and the original historic homes were completed by the mid-1930s. Henry and Mary Ulen’s brick Mediterranean style home at 118 Ulen Boulevard was completed in 1929. Other historic houses in the town feature mostly Tudor Revival and Mediterranean architectural designs. Homes constructed in Ulen during later decades include Colonial and modern Ranch designs.
Many of the homes are located along Ulen Boulevard with some back yards overlooking the third and ninth holes. The town includes four streets: Ulen Boulevard, East Drive, Artman Boulevard, and Country Club Drive, which is the primary entrance to the town and Country Club.