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Richard H. Driehaus County Courthouse Initiative

New Film Presentation


View our new video about Landmarks Illinois' Richard H. Driehaus County Courthouse Initiative produced by photographer and architect Tom Rossiter and made possible in-part through his own in-kind donation. The County Courthouse Initiative was envisioned as a catalyst to promote pride in the historic courthouse and to inspire others to invest in their downtown courthouse square. After five years, and 18 grants in 17 counties valued over $700,000, we know that this program has made a difference. Look for our Courthouse Initiative Economic Impact Study soon. Watch video.

Brown County Courthouse, Mt. Sterling (credit: Tom Rossiter)


“Most Endangered” Announced

What You Can Do


The 2015 Most Endangered Historic Place list was announced by Landmarks Illinois at an April 22nd press conference in Springfield. Now in its 20th year, the statewide endangered list calls attention to threatened historic resources in need of assistance in the form of responsible stewardship, creative reuse plans, and advances in public policy. The slow economic recovery, state budget crisis, and a lack of available financing continue to challenge historic sites throughout Illinois. Whether it’s a call to Governor Rauner’s office or spreading the word about properties in need of a new owner--you can help. Please check each endangered listing’s “What You Can Do” section for ideas.  [more

William H. Coventry House, Harvard (credit: McHenry County Historical Society)


A Bold Move

Wilmette and Evanston


In the waning hours of a deadline set by a developer who intended to demolish the 1928 Prairie-style Irving House, designed by noted architect John Van Bergen, Chris Enck, a project engineer with the firm Klein and Hoffman and vice-chair of Landmarks Illinois’ young professionals’ Skyline Council, bought the house for ten dollars and orchestrated a complicated move ...  [more]

LI’s Lisa DiChiera, new owner Chris Enck, and Planner, City of Wilmette Erika Fabisch at the house move on October 10, 2014.

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.




LI seeks Director of Development & Engagement
Reuse Closed CPS Schools
Impacts of Landmarks Illinois Courthouse Initiative
20 Years | 20 Stories: Most Endangered Historic Places
Courthouse Video
Chicago Suburban Preservation Alliance Meeting
Economic Impact RERZ State HTC Rockford

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Making Historic Buildings Accessible to All

Join us Tuesday, September 29 – 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Landmarks Illinois and AIA Chicago, both program partners of ADA 25 Chicago, present a panel on adding and improving accessibility in the rehabilitation of historic buildings. [more]

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.


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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Check out highlights from the Recent Past Survey of Suburban Cook County. Photo: 2400 S. Home Ave., Berwyn.







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