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For Sale: Imperiled Buildings


The following listings have been submitted to Landmarks Illinois and represent buildings for sale of historic interest. Please contact the listing owner and not Landmarks regarding any of the buildings. Owners should email information on properties to mail@lpci.org. Landmarks Illinois disclaims any responsibility for statements made by the sellers.


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Tryon Grove Farm
8914 Tryon Grove Road, Wonder Lake


The residence of Captain Charles Hopkins Tryon until circa 1900 is an outstanding example of cross-gabled bracketed Italianate architecture. Charles Hopkins Tryon was the eldest son of Bela and Harriet Tryon who established the farmstead in 1837. Bela was the first postmaster of Hebron and Harriet named Hebron Township. The Tryon Grove Farm was the first County-designated landmark. The current owners have restored the house and outbuildings. To learn more…


14 Brookdale Lane


Like some other students of Frank Lloyd Wright, architect James Dresser adopted and incorporated the principles of Organic Architecture into many of his designs, using natural materials in the design of his projects, and incorporating them into their sites in ways that convey a sense of one-ness with the surrounding natural landscape. Now, one of Dresser’s homes (1956) is for sale in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, and it needs the love, care and vision of somebody with the passion Mid-Century Modern architecture to ensure that it lives on for years to come. To learn more…


Maywood Home for Soldiers’ Widows
224 N. First Ave., Maywood

The Village of Maywood is seeking a developer/purchaser to rehabilitate and reuse this historic 1924 Georgia Revival style structure on a prime corner for redevelopment. Originally designed for soldiers’ widows of the Civil War but vacant since 2003, this building was included on Landmarks Illinois’ “Ten Most Endangered” list for 2012. Landmarks Illinois recently completed a reuse study for the building that recommends its redevelopment with adjacent village-owned vacant land. For more information, contact assistant village manager David Myers, at (708) 450-6301.


200 S. 18th Avenue


How many homes still have a music room? This 1922 stucco Queen Anne does and it’s going to auction in June. Locals fear the building will be demolished if a preservation-minded new owner is not found. To learn more…



437 Marshman St.
Highland Park


This Keck and Keck-designed mid-century home for sale has no landmark protection and could be targeted as a tear-down. To learn more…



Hotel Belleville 
16 South Illinois St., Belleville


Listed on Landmarks Illinois’ Ten Most Endangered Historic Places in 2014, the Hotel Belleville is a prominent 1931 Art Deco building on Belleville’s Public Square. The hotel, designed by the St. Louis firm of Manske & Bartling, sold in 1962 to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Belleville for use as a retirement home. In 2010, the City of Belleville purchased the building and subsequently accepted a donation to create a memorial garden on the site, requiring its demolition. A local citizens group formed and has temporarily delayed demolition while the City explores rehabilitation options. As a result, the City of Belleville is currently seeking respondents to a Request for Proposals for the Redevelopment of the building. Also, see Project Belleville for information.



U.S. Marine Hospital 
1304 Park Avenue, Galena


Listed on Landmarks Illinois’ 2014 Ten Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois, the U.S. Marine Hospital is for sale as part of eleven acres of land in Galena. Constructed in 1859 as part of a nationally significant federal health care initiative for United States sailors, this is one of only two pre-Civil War marine hospitals remaining on the inland waterway system. The other example is in Kentucky and has been designated a National Historic Landmark. To learn more, visit www.usmarinehospital.com.



Washington School 
839 West Moss Avenue, Peoria


The City of Peoria, through a partnership with Peoria Public School District 150, is seeking proposals for the acquisition and renovation of a publicly-owned school building at 839 West Moss Avenue (also called Washington School). Washington School was built in 1910. The historic structure is 30,000 square feet over three floors. The building sits on a 2 acre lot. The structure, part of both a local and national historic district, represents an amazing opportunity for historically appropriate renovation. Proposals are due by June 13, 2014. RFP: www.peoriagov.org/washington-school-request-for-proprosals/



908 Ridge Street, Galena


This 1840 brick farmhouse in Galena is available for sale. Previously operating as a bed and breakfast, the building was featured in Better Homes and Gardens in 1995. For more information, visit www.908ridge.com.



Old McHenry County Courthouse and Sheriff’s House
101 N. Johnson Street, Woodstock


The City of Woodstock has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the acquisition, restoration, preservation and reuse of the 1857 McHenry County Courthouse and the 1887 Sheriff’s House. The courthouse was designed by John Mills Van Osdel and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Click here for the RFP and additional information about the property. The City is currently restoring the cupola and roof of the courthouse. Additional restoration needs are described in the appendices to the RFP. Proposals are due by May 1, 2014.



Madison Theater
500 Main Street, Peoria


The City of Peoria and the Comfort family, owners of the historic Madison Theater (a LI 2013 Ten Most Endangered Historic Places listing), are issuing a Request for Interest and Qualifications (RFI) for the renovation of the theater and potential new construction on the adjacent, City-owned parking lot. The RFI is the first step of a two step process: The RFI will cast a wide net to discover the interest of the development community in the project. Firms will be asked to provide a project concept, financial framework and the qualifications of the team. A selection committee comprised of the City personnel and the Comfort family will narrow the list of interested parties to two or three finalists who will be invited to submit a full development proposal.

Statements of interest are due to the City by 4:00 PM on Friday, December 20, 2013. Questions should be directed to Christopher Setti at csetti@peoriagov.org or (309) 494-8618.



5640 N Sheridan Rd.


This large brick in Chicago Edgewater neighborhood was built in 1908. The property was purchased in 2006 for teardown and redevelopment. To learn more…  





Blair House
925 N. Sheridan Road, Lake Bluff

This Modernist masterpiece was designed by Keck & Keck, a preeminent firm of the era. The Blair House has been widely published, both from the time of its construction in 1955, as well as in numerous books on the work of Keck & Keck and modern architecture. It was forward-thinking in its use of sustainable technologies, such as double-glazing and radiant heat. With no protection in place the Blair House is highly vulnerable to demolition to make way for new construction. The property is currently list to LI’s Ten Most Endangered Historic Places. To learn more…


Mineola Hotel
91 N. Cora, Fox Lake

The owners listed the hotel and surrounding 17 acres of lakefront property on eBay this week for $2 million. The wood frame building was built in 1884 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. It was a weekend getaway for Al Capone and other gangsters. It is located half way between Chicago & Milwaukee, thirty miles west of Lake Michigan. eBay listing. Press.


Volz Building
933-935 S. State Street, Lockport

This c. 1890 brick building was formerly a fully occupied hotel/rooming house with a sports bar on the main floor. After a 2008 fire, the building’s interior was gutted. The building is one of the largest contributing structures in Lockport’s National Register Historic District and the largest on State Street (IL Rt 171 and Lockport's main north-south street.) If a buyer is not found, the building may likely be demolished. Preservationists fear its loss could have a devastating ripple effect on Lockport historic district. To learn more…


Bresee Tower
4 N Vermilion St., Danville

Downtown Danville, Inc., the City of Danville and Vermilion County are seeking developers interested in reusing this 1918, 12-story building designed by Mundie and Jensen. Bresee Tower is located in a TIF district and in an Enterprise Zone and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Inquiries or proposals may be sent for review to: Dana Schaumburg, Executive Director, Downtown Danville, Inc., 149 N. Vermilion St., Danville, IL 61832, (217) 443-3886; Linda Bolton, Director of Business Dev., Vermilion Advantage, 28 W North St., Danville, IL 61832, (217) 442-6201 or John Dreher, Community Development Mgr., City of Danville, 17 W Main St., Danville, IL 61832, (217) 431-2329.


Bresee Tower

News-Gazette, September 9, 2012



Chicago City-Owned Historic Buildings For Sale


City of Chicago Department of Housing and Economic Development (HED) department listing of city-owned historic properties available for acquisition at www.cityofchicago.org.

For more information, contact: Cindy Roubik at 312-744-3038.




Western Military Academy
2009 Seminary Road, Alton

This former military academy campus in Alton’s Upper Alton Historic District retains the original 1903 Administration Building.  A grassroots group, Save Western, is working to find an appropriate owner and reuse for the campus and its original buildings. To learn more…


Foley-Rice Cadillac Dealership
644 & 711 Madison Street, Oak Park

The building at 644 was listed to the Landmarks Illinois 2007-08 Chicagoland Watch List. This 1923 building, designed by E.E. Roberts with his son Elmer, has no landmark protection.

Originally built as a Packard dealership (Hill Motor Sales Co.), it was the last auto dealership on Oak Park’s “Motor Row.” For sale details, view the pdf.





Old Masonic Temple
220 North Sheridan Road, Waukegan


Listed on the 2007-08 Chicagoland Watch List, this historic property is for sale. The property is a 40,000 sq. ft former Masonic Lodge. It is adjacent to the newly refurbished Genesee Theatre, has large open spaces, high ceilings and views of Lake Michigan. For more information, view the 220 Sheridan Map PDF or contact Kathleen Rice at 847-623-5778.






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