Harold Ramis Legendary
Landmarks 2010 Honoree, dies at 69
State Historic Tax Credit bill introduced in Illinois House of Representatives
economic study prepared by the University of Illinois Springfield for Landmarks Illinois demonstrates that a statewide historic tax credit would help rehabilitate dozens of historic buildings, pay for itself without a hit to the state budget, and create hundreds of jobs across the state. The study prompted the introduction of HB4533 by Representative Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley) on February 4, 2014, to support the creation of a statewide historic tax credit. Its counterpart, SB336, sponsored by Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), passed the State Senate on April 24, 2013, with a resounding vote of 46-8.
Photo: Rendering of the planned rehabilitation, Prairie (Peacock) Brewhouse, Rockford. Credit: Courtesy of Gary Anderson Architects
Preservation is Progress
Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
This year’s nine award winners exemplify successful adaptive use and
restoration projects as well as outstanding advocacy and education efforts.
From an historic trail to a soaring 1920s skyscraper, each project
demonstrates a commitment to excellence and the transformative impact of
historic preservation. The 19th annual Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
Preservation Awards will be presented on October 26 at a reception at the
landmark InterContinental Chicago.
(clockwise from top left) Pure Oil Building, Geneva; Harper Theater, Chicago; Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail; Pomeroy Apartments, Chicago
Special thanks to our awards jury: Andrew Ahitow, Chicago Apartment Finders,
Chicago (a Landmarks Illinois board member); Dennis Garlick, W.E. O’Neil
Construction, Chicago; Bonnie McDonald, Landmarks Illinois; Corlis Moody,
Quinn Chapel A.M.E Church, Chicago; Amy Munro, City of Elgin; and Rachel
Will, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Chicago. [more]
Lighting the Way
Driehaus Courthouse Grants
As we enter our fourth—and final year—of the Landmarks Illinois’ Richard H.
Driehaus Courthouse Initiative, we can look back at wondrous successes and
celebrate the start of new projects. In March 2009, the Richard H. Driehaus
Charitable Lead Trust made a four-year, $1 million commitment to Landmarks
Illinois establishing a grant program to assist communities throughout the
state in restoring their historic county courthouses. These grants were to
fund the restoration of critical features of the courthouse, such as clocks,
bell towers, cupolas, and ornament, as well as support energy efficient
exterior lighting. [more]
Out of the Rubble
Tribute to 40 Years
of Historic Preservation
Click Here to watch this short and lively tribute to 40 years of historic preservation in
Illinois. Many thanks to
Optimus, which is a Chicago visual media company, for its pro bono help
in preparing this anniversary video for Landmarks Illinois. [more]
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Restoring The Auditorium Building
The Earliest Years
Join John Vinci, Vinci Hamp Architects, as he discusses restoring The
Even before Harry Weese’s large-scale restoration project of 1967, preservation
architect John Vinci, FAIA, led several restoration efforts that included work
in the library, lobby and Ganz Hall. Partially in collaboration with architect
and Sullivan-advocate Crombie Taylor and photographer Richard Nickel, Vinci’s
work in the building from the early 1960s was critical and yet, by Vinci’s own
admission, included some methods that would not be used today. Hear Mr. Vinci
discuss the restoration challenges of these earliest years.
This talk will be held on Thursday, March 20, from 12:15 p.m. to
1:00 p.m. at the Auditorium Building, Roosevelt University’s Murray-Green
Library, 430 S. Michigan Avenue, 10th floor, Chicago. [more]
In the News
WBEZ radio recently featured the “Recent Past Survey of Suburban Cook County”, read about it here or check out the
survey highlights here.
Buildings For Sale
Of Historic Interest
Use the following link to view listings have been submitted to Landmarks
Illinois and represent buildings for sale of historic interest.
Click Here to view the Landmarks
Illinois Restoration Resources guide. This on-line guide provides property
owners and design professionals with access to professional services,
products, craftspeople, and other experts related to the maintenance,
restoration, and rehabilitation of older structures.