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2014 Ten Most Endangered Historic Places

 

The Ten Most 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.  [more
 

(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)

 

State Historic Tax Credit bill introduced in Illinois House of Representatives

 

An 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.  [more
 

Photo: Rendering of the planned rehabilitation, Prairie (Peacock) Brewhouse, Rockford. Credit: Courtesy of Gary Anderson Architects
  

Preservation is Progress

Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards

 

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
      

Saved For Future Generations

Preservation in Action

 

Click Here 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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Lost to Progress
Congress Street, the Auditorium, and the South Loop

Join Dennis McClendon, Chicago geographer and historian, as he discusses Congress Street, the Auditorium, and the South Loop.

When the Auditorium was built, Congress Street was an unimportant side street, not the axis of a new Chicago dreamed by Daniel Burnham, nor the boundary of the business district that it became in the 20th century. Chicago geographer and historian Dennis McClendon, a longtime South Loop resident, will show the big changes that came to the area as a result of the opening of Congress Parkway and the transformation of the South Loop into a residential neighborhood.

(photo)  c. 1940s State Street and Congress, Chicago. Credit: Courtesy of Dennis McClendon

This talk will be held on Thursday, May 15, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at The Auditorium Building, Roosevelt University’s Ganz Hall, 430 S. Michigan Avenue, 7th floor, Chicago.  [more]

 

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Recent Past Survey

 

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.

 

Imperiled Buildings

 

Illinois Restoration Resources

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.  [more

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

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