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Harlan Hall




Since being built in 1872, Harlan Hall has served many roles. Originally, it was an opera house with a stable on the first floor and it later served as a Moose Lodge. After being threatened with demolition for a parking lot, the building attracted the attention of local advocates who pushed for saving it. The City purchased the building in 1999 (with the help of a state grant) in order to turn it into a community center. Marshall has also received a grant from the Illinois National Road Association, with the intention of creating a National Road (U.S. Rte. 40) Welcome Center on the building’s second floor. The project was also largely funded by local fundraising efforts, including a “Buy a Seat” program to purchase new tables and chairs, and one $100,000 donation from a local business. Over 25,000 volunteer hours were put into the building’s preservation. The building now hosts a variety of community organizations and events, from a senior citizen lunch program to the high school prom.


Photo credits: Harlan Hall Committee






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