On October 7, 2014, charrette presentations addressing Cook County’s request
of several civic groups to “unlock the future” of Old Cook County Hospital
were given at the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Landmarks Illinois was
one of four civic groups who participated. See the entire evening’s public
LI President Bonnie McDonald’s presentation can be seen from 44:30-52:40.
All of the civic groups' submittals can be seen on the
Old Cook County Hospital, 1900 W. Harrison Street, Chicago.
Credit: Lisa DiChiera, Landmarks Illinois
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 scheduled eight historic tax credit workshops
throughout the state this summer and fall. The free workshops 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. [more]
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.
(left to right) McAuley Schoolhouse, West Chicago (credit: Courtesy of Adam B. Gibbons); Uptown Theatre, Chicago (credit: Bob Nick, Friends of the Uptown Theatre)
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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The Auditorium in Context: Chicago in the
late 1880s Thursday, October 16 12:15 to 1:00 p.m.
At the next Preservation Snapshots lecture, William Tyre, executive director and
curator of Glessner House Museum
will discuss the time frame in which the Auditorium was planned and built which
was a period of dynamic and explosive growth in the city of Chicago. In
this lecture, William Tyre will look at other buildings being constructed in and
around downtown, the growth of cultural and philanthropic organizations, the
business leaders who were shaping the destiny of the city, and the political and
social issues that defined the era ... [more]
(photo) Michigan Avenue, Chicago, c. 1880s.
For Sale: Imperiled Buildings
Use the following link to view listings have been submitted to Landmarks
Illinois and represent buildings for sale of historic interest.
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.