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Lifetime Achievement
Carolyn Oxtoby




Carolyn Oxtoby has spent over three decades saving historic buildings in Springfield, particularly in its downtown, where commercial buildings have often been threatened with demolition and replacement. Oxtoby’s first project was in 1976, when she converted a threatened block of South 6th Street from vacant and underused space to a thriving residential and commercial block. Other Springfield projects undertaken by Oxtoby include buildings on Old Capitol Plaza, the Lincoln-Herndon Law Office, the Fisher-Latham Block, and the Hoogland Center for the Arts. She also founded and serves as the leader of the local Heritage Foundation, which accepts donations of old properties and matches buildings with prospective developers who will restore or rehab them.




Illinois Times
November 4,2010


Photo credits: 1-3, 4 (left), 5 Illinois Historic Preservation Agency; 4 (right) Historic Sites Commission of Springfield






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