The Pillars of
Auburn Grisham is an 18-minute film to promote the neighborhood of Auburn
Gresham, a community on the south side of Chicago. Through the generous
support of the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Landmarks Illinois and
Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago (NHS) are partners in Cornerstones
for Community, an innovative program that utilizes historic preservation as
a community development tool—working directly within communities to enhance
the ethic for preserving neighborhoods and individual properties. This film
is one of three projects included in this program.
Photo: Senator Jacqueline Collins, State Senator, 16th
District is a featured speaker in the film.
educating communities about the need for a statewide historic tax credit
program, and the benefits of the federal historic tax credit program,
Landmarks Illinois is scheduling eight historic tax credit workshops
throughout the state this summer. The free workshops will highlight the
findings of Landmarks Illinois’ state historic tax credit economic study,
released in October 2013, which concluded that such a program would pay for
itself and create needed jobs.
The state’s existing River’s Edge Historic Tax Credit, available only in 5
cities and due to expire in January, 2017, is not sufficient for attracting
investment and creating jobs statewide. The workshops will also highlight
projects using the federal historic tax credit and the need to protect this
critical program from tax reforms expected to be considered by Congress next
Photo: Metropolitan Hall Lofts, 324-330 East State St.,
Rockford. This $3 million mixed use project, scheduled for completion in
fall, 2014, will contain 8 market rate residential loft apartments and
ground-level retail. The project’s financing includes the federal historic
tax credit and the current state historic tax credit. The property is
located in the River’s Edge district of Rockford.
Endangered Historic Places in Illinois list was announced by Landmarks
Illinois at an April 1st press conference in Springfield. From important
corner commercial buildings to a pre-Civil War marine hospital to a historic
planned manufacturing district to a 19th century “fresh air in the country”
camp designed by noted landscape architect Jens Jensen—the 2014 “Ten Most”
list includes a remarkable variety of structures.
(Clockwise from the top left) McAuley Schoolhouse, West Chicago (credit: Courtesy of Adam B. Gibbons); Uptown Theatre, Chicago (credit: Bob Nick, Friends of the Uptown Theatre); Robertson Building, Virginia (credit: Frank Butterfield, Landmarks Illinois)
to watch this moving video about the work of Landmarks Illinois which
profiles three important projects and the people whose lives they have
touched. Landmarks Illinois sincerely thanks JAQ Corp., architects for the
Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church project, for its donation of the use of project
photos for this video.
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Sullivan in the Loop
Thursday, Sept. 18 12:15 to 1:00 p.m.
At the next Preservation Snapshots lecture, architect Douglas Gilbert will
discuss Louis Sullivan and the Auditorium Building in relation to Sullivan's
other work in Chicago's Loop--both surviving and lost. Prior to starting his own
firm in 2010, Douglas Gilbert, AIA worked at Harboe Architects for three years
and for Gunny Harboe at McClier for nine years ... [more]
(photo) Auditorium Building, Wabash Avenue and Congress
Street, Chicago, c. 1890.
Older, Smaller, Better
New Report Released
All across America, blocks of older, smaller buildings are quietly
contributing to robust local economies and distinctive livable communities.
This groundbreaking study from the National Trust for Historic Preservation
demonstrates the unique and valuable role that older, smaller buildings play
in the development of sustainable cities. [more]
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.
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