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Federal Historic Tax Credit
Call to Action

Is the Federal Historic Tax Credit at Risk? Possibly. Please ask your U.S. Rep to defend the Historic Tax Credit and help make it better! On June 24th, 2016, the Republican tax reform task force in the U.S. House of Representatives released a proposal for tax reform that could threaten the Federal Historic Tax Credit program, as the focus is to eliminate millions of dollars in tax credits and deductions. ... To learn more…

Cook County Hospital Rehab Announced
Most Endangered Update

Yesterday Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced a redevelopment team proposal for Old Cook County Hospital. Landmarks Illinois (LI) has advocated for the preservation of this building for 18 years, when, at the groundbreaking in 1998 for the new Stroger Hospital, we urged the county to explore reuse alternatives for the existing hospital. LI first placed it on our statewide endangered list in 2001, as well as in three additional years ... To learn more…

In Memoriam: John G. Thorpe (1944-2016)
Oak Park

Oak Park-based architect and preservationist John Thorpe died on Monday, January 25. Thorpe was a passionate and dedicated advocate for the preservation of the built legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright and Prairie School design. He was a board member of the Pleasant Home Foundation, the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy and in the 1970s led the effort to restore the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio in Oak Park. The staff of Landmarks Illinois had ... To learn more…

Judge Taylor Home

A transformation is taking place on Springfield’s east side. The Springfield Project, a neighborhood-based organization, recently completed the first phase of repairs to the pre-Civil War era Judge Taylor House for a future community center. The removal of asbestos siding and stabilization of the foundation was funded in part by an Landmarks Illinois Heritage Fund grant. The House, previously on Landmarks Illinois’ 2004 Most Endangered Historic Places ... To learn more…

Losing Chicago’s Modern … and Post-Modern … Heritage

As Chicago hosts its first Architecture Biennial, news and opinions about the future demolition of buildings by some of Chicago’s greatest architects – Gene Summers and Helmut Jahn – was announced and opined last week. Gene Summers’ Malcolm X College, designed in 1971, is planned for replacement as the City has issued an RFP for its demolition. To learn more…

Photo: Holy Family Church, Cahokia