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"Bernie" Sahlins Landmarks Honoree dies at 90

Bernard "Bernie" Sahlins, the co-founder and former owner of Second City and a crucial and essential innovator in the field of American comedy, died peacefully Sunday at his home, his wife, Jane Nicholl Sahlins, said. He was 90 FULL STORY

 
         
   

Illinois Historic Tax Credit Passed Statewide

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - Thanks to the support of many who called your Senator, today the Illinois Senate passed SB336 - the Illinois Rehabilitation and Revitalization Tax Credit - by a strong vote of 46 to 8. The bill … FULL STORY

 
         
  State Law Helps Rehab Historic Schools Statewide  

State Law Helps Rehab Historic Schools Statewide

A new amendment to the state’s school construction law went into effect on August 8, 2012, following Governor Pat Quinn’s signature of SB 639 at a ceremony held at Pershing West Middle School in Chicago. The bill amends … FULL STORY

 
         
  Public Pressure to Save Prentice Growing Chicago  

Public Pressure to Save Prentice Growing Chicago

On August 2, the Save Prentice Coalition delivered a professionally prepared landmark nomination for Prentice to the Commission on Chicago Landmarks, but was told that the topic of Prentice would not be discussed … FULL STORY

 
         
  Landmarks Illinois New President Chicago  

Landmarks Illinois New President Chicago

Landmarks Illinois’ board of directors announced the appointment Bonnie McDonald as the organization’s new president on May 9, 2012. In her new role, McDonald will lead the organization in a period of growth … FULL STORY

 
         
  “Ten Most” List Announced Springfield  

“Ten Most” List Announced Springfield

Landmarks Illinois announced its list of the 2012 “Ten Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois” at a press conference on April 24, 2012 at the State Capitol in Springfield. Interim Executive Director Jean Follett introduced … FULL STORY

 
         
  Pullman Chicago  

Pullman Chicago

This vibrant historic community on Chicago’s far south side continues to struggle with the economic and organizational challenges it must overcome to re-establish a restaurant at the Hotel Florence and to find a use for the long-vacant Pullman factory building – both state-owned historic sites. … FULL STORY

 
         
  Pure Oil Station Saved Geneva  

Pure Oil Station Saved Geneva

On March 26, 2012, the Geneva City Council upheld the Historic Preservation Commission's February decision to deny a demolition permit for the blue-roofed former gas station (1937), which was proposed for demolition … FULL STORY

 
         
  Van Bergen-designed House Wilmette  

Van Bergen-designed House Wilmette

After purchasing a Prairie-style house and cottage on adjoining lots as a tear-down opportunity, a developer agreed to re-sell the house and allow the cottage to be moved in response to concerned preservation organizations … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program Statewide

The Illinois Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program is up and running. The program provides a state income tax credit equal to 25% of a project’s qualified expenditures to owners of certified historic structures located within … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Endangered Theater Purchased Charleston

The Will Rogers Theatre, included on Landmarks Illinois’ 2011 “Ten Most Endangered Historic Places” list, was purchased in November, 2011 by preservation-minded owners who plan to fully restore the building to its former … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Old Main, Barat College Lake Forest

The Lake Forest City Council voted 7-1 on November 7, 2011, to remove the Old Main building on the former Barat College campus from the Lake Forest Historic District. For more information, read Landmarks Illinois … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Show Prentice Some Love Chicago

“Put Your Heart Into It!” t-shirt design by Dan O’Brien was the first place contest winner. Dan says “In order to save a building, people have to LOVE a building. Ironically, LOVE has been part of Prentice from the very start … FULL STORY

 
         
   

President Jim Peters to leave Landmarks Chicago

Jim Peters will leave his post as president and executive director of Landmarks Illinois at the end of October, Board Chairman Shelley Gorson announced today. Peters is leaving to consult and teach in the field of historic preservation … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Save Prentice Rally Chicago

The effort to save this modernist gem (1974) of architect Bertrand Goldberg now has the attention of the nation. On June 15th, “old” Prentice Hospital was named one of the “11 Most Endangered Historic Places” by the National Trust … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Prentice Reuse Study Released Chicago

Landmarks Illinois, in late April 2011, issued a report that shows how the nearly-vacant former Prentice Women’s Hospital building can be reused, rather than demolished. The building’s owner, Northwestern University, recently … FULL STORY

 
         
   

1907 Hospital Building Demolished Michael Reese Campus

In April 2011, the City of Chicago’s Public Building Commission began demolition of the historic Michael Reese Hospital, designed by Schmidt, Garden & Martin in 1907. This Prairie School-style building was one of the city’s most significant … FULL STORY

 
         
   

McCormick Place Redux Chicago

Landmarks Illinois has partnered with the Chicago Architectural Club and AIA Chicago to sponsor an “ideas” competition for the future reuse of McCormick Place East, built in 1971 and designed by C.F. Murphy and Assoc. Since 2009 … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Restoring County Treasures Courthouse Grants

Four counties will receive restoration grants totaling nearly $200,000 this year from Landmarks Illinois, as part of our statewide County Courthouse Initiative. This multi-year, $1 million program, which is funded by … FULL STORY

 
         
   

2011 Aldermanic Run-off Historic Preservation Survey

In advance of the April 5th aldermanic election, Landmarks Illinois requested that the candidates for Chicago Alderman in the 14 ward run-off elections share their views on issues critical to the protection, preservation and economic … FULL STORY

 
         
   

The Results Are In Chicago Mayoral Preservation Survey

In advance of the February 22nd primary election, Landmarks Illinois sent a survey on historic preservation issues to each of the six remaining candidates for Mayor of Chicago. The candidates were given more than two weeks … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Peoria Legend Passes On Leslie H. Kenyon

Architect Leslie Kenyon, who had been “Mr. Historic Preservation” in this central Illinois community for several decades, died on January 14, 2011. He was 88. Kenyon was a longtime chair of the Central Illinois … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Presidential Appointment Former LI Board Member

Bradford J. White, a former Board President of Landmarks Illinois (1994-96), has been appointed by President Barack Obama to be a member of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. The 23-member independent federal agency … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Hope for Iannelli Studio? Park Ridge

The home and studio of famed sculptor Alfonso Iannelli (1888-1965) may have received a stay of execution in January, when a donor offered a challenge grant to help purchase the pair of threatened buildings. The anonymous donor … FULL STORY

 
         
   

“Ten Most” List Announced State Capitol

Landmarks Illinois announced its list of the 2010 “Ten Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois” at a press conference on April 20, 2010 at the State Capitol in Springfield. President Jim Peters introduced each of the threatened sites … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Saved Cook County Hospital

A nine-year advocacy effort to prevent the demolition of Old Cook County Hospital Building may have ended on March 2nd, when the Cook County Board voted to support a rehabilitation proposal to convert the long-vacant structure into … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Reese’s Pieces Razing of Hospital Complex Continues

The saga of historic Michael Reese Hospital took another sad turn in November 2010, when the Public Building Commission of Chicago (PBC) approved a $2.7 million demolition of Reese’s Old Main Building. The century-old structure was … FULL STORY

 
         
   

North/Clybourn Red Line Station Chicago

A $4 million “refurbishment project” funded by Apple Inc. has altered the appearance of this 1943 Art Moderne-style, street-level CTA subway station. The building’s original brick-and-granite cladding has been replaced … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Unity Temple Theft Oak Park

Vandals, in late September 2010, stole most of the bronze lettering above the two entrances to Unity Temple in Oak Park. Landmarks Illinois holds a protective easement on this National Historic Landmark … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Courthouse Projects Awarded First Round of Grants

In 2010, three counties will receive restoration grants from Landmarks Illinois, as part of the first round of the Illinois County Courthouse Initiative. The $1 million multi-year program, which was announced in March 2009 … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Encourage Jobs in Illinois Support a Rehab Tax Credit

In March 2010, the Illinois Senate passed SB 2559, but the bill did not pass out of the House Revenue Committee. The bill is based on the highly successful Missouri tax credit enacted in 1997, which has generated nearly 40,000 jobs … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Federal Historic Preservation Funds Illinois

The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency announced a new round of Certified Local Government Grants (CLG), totaling $103,136, to eleven communities throughout the state, including Chicago, Blue Island, Berwyn, Quincy … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Another Edward Dart Building  Bites the Dust

In early November 2009, the Edward Dart-designed addition to Lorado Taft’s Midway Studio at the University of Chicago (U of C) was demolished to make way for a courtyard for the university’s proposed Reva and David Logan Center … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Lewis Pharmacy Purchased Canton

Six months after the last milkshake was served and the soda fountain closed, the historic 1915 Lewis Pharmacy has found a thoughtful new owner. Canton native and historic preservation supporter, Bill Cook, purchased the former … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Operation of Farnsworth House Transferred Plano

Landmarks Illinois will transfer operation of the Farnsworth House, effective Jan. 1, 2010, to the National Trust, the property’s owner. “This was a difficult decision,” said Jim Peters, president of Landmarks Illinois … FULL STORY

 
         
   

State Supreme Court Rejects Landmarks Plea Chicago

On May 28, 2009, the Illinois Supreme Court rejected the City of Chicago’s petition asking the court to review a January 30th ruling by the Illinois Appellate Court that puts the Chicago Landmarks Ordinance at risk. Landmarks … FULL STORY

 
         
   

New Chairman Elected at Annual Meeting Landmarks

Geoffrey A. Koss was elected the 21st chairman of Landmarks Illinois’ Board of Directors, in conjunction with the organization’s annual meeting on June 23rd at Chicago’s Lake Point Tower, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Threatened Dawes House in Good Hands Evanston

Northwestern University and the Evanston History Center have reached an agreement for the University to transfer the Dawes House, listed on Landmarks Illinois’ 2008-09 Chicagoland Watch List, and more than half of an existing … FULL STORY

 
         
   

IHPA Remains Independent Agency  Illinois

On August 7, Gov. Pat Quinn signed House Bill 88, which canceled his proposal as part of his fiscal year 2009-2010 budget announcement in March, to merge the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA) and … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Court Rules to Protect Landmark Peoria

On March 31, 2009, the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois rejected a church's challenge to the City of Peoria's decision to landmark a historic apartment building it owned, as well as the city's … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Washburne Trade School Demolition Chicago

This Prairie-style industrial building at 31st and Kedzie is in the process of demolition, following a devastating February 15th four-alarm fire. The Nimmons & Fellows-designed building was placed on Landmarks Chicagoland Watch List … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Richard H. Driehaus Commits $1 Million to Landmarks

Philanthropist Richard H. Driehaus has announced a four-year, $1 million commitment to Landmarks Illinois to establish a grant program that assists communities throughout Illinois in restoring their historic county courthouses … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Watch List Property Suffers Damaging Fire Chicago

Sunday, February 15, the Washburne Trade School suffered a four-alarm fire, believed to have been accidentally started by a homeless person taking refuge in the building. The building is located in the Little Village neighborhood … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Saving the Farnsworth House 2003-2008 Plano

On December 12, 2003, representatives from Landmarks Illinois and the National Trust for Historic Preservation sat anxiously in the Sotheby’s New York auction house participating in the historic bidding war for the Farnsworth House … FULL STORY

 
         
   

State Budget Merges IHPA into DNR Illinois

Under the new Illinois state budget released by Gov. Pat Quinn on March 18, state historic sites will remain closed and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA) will end its 24-year-long operation as a stand-alone department … FULL STORY

 
         
   

State Historic Sites Close Illinois

Despite widespread protests by Landmarks Illinois members, state legislators, and the general public, Gov. Rod Blagojevich in November decided not to restore the $2.4 million in budget cuts he had made earlier this year … FULL STORY

 
         
   

2006 Chicagoland Watch List Property Saved Elmhurst

Built in 1868, the Wilder Mansion housed the Elmhurst Public Library from 1922 to 2003. The original, central section of the building was later updated in 1937 to reflect a Neo-Classical style. It was at that time … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Doctors Hospital Chicago

A proposal to demolish the former Illinois Central Hospital—more recently known as Doctors Hospital—has galvanized preservationists and residents in the Hyde Park neighborhood.  on Landmarks 2007-08 “Chicagoland Watch List.”  … FULL STORY

 
         
   

New President Announced Landmarks

Landmarks Illinois Board of Directors Chairman, Rolf Achilles, announced on July 10, 2008 Jim Peters as the new president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Landmarks Illinois, the state’s leading voice for historic preservation … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Gunners’ Mates School North Chicago

On May 1, two official letters from the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) were sent to high-ranking Navy officials telling them to stay the course with finding a preservation/re-use solution … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Central School Mount Prospect

On Thursday, May 29, the Mount Prospect Historical Society relocated this 1896 one-room schoolhouse from the property of St. John’s Episcopal Church, which planned to demolish the school of it was not moved this year … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Viking Ship Geneva

The Viking Ship has been in the news lately with articles, photos, and videos on the Chicago Tribune’s website and the Daily Herald’s website … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Flood Assistance Midwest

Under the Opportunity Illinois: Disaster Recovery Loan Program, the Treasurer’s Office provides low-interest loans to storm victims whose property has sustained weather-related damage. For cultural institutions and individuals affected … FULL STORY

 
         
   

End of an Era: Bahlman Retires Landmarks

After almost ten years as Landmarks Illinois’ president, David Bahlman is retiring. “I’m very pleased to have had the opportunity to work for an organization in a state that contains unparalleled milestones in … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Lakeshore Athletic Club Chicago

In December, 2007, 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly announced Lakeshore Athletic Club would be renovated and converted to luxury senior housing.  A purchase agreement is underway between Northwestern University … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Barat College’s Sacred Heart Chapel Lake Forest

After listening to eloquent testimony from 31 speakers on the importance of preserving Barat College’s Sacred Heart Chapel, the Lake Forest City Council voted 8-0 on Monday, April 16, 2007 in favor of demolition … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Preservation Onions of the Year Announced Chicago

The top five “preservation onions” of the year were announced July 19, 2007 by Landmarks Illinois at its monthly Preservation Snapshots lecture series at the Cultural Center. This was the first such “onions” presentation … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Strawbridge-Shepherd House Springfield

The University of Illinois at Springfield in February agreed to lease this 162-year-old farmhouse—and its two acres—to a local preservation group. The two-story structure, which is one of the oldest surviving frame houses in central Illinois … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Brad Pitt, Kenny Chesney and the Fox River Plano

Not often do you see these well-known names (two celebrities and an Illinois waterway) in the same sentence—let alone in connection with Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House. But all three have made their appearance recently … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Preservation Easement Reform Language Washington

On August 3rd, the Senate passed H.R. 4, an omnibus pension reform bill, which included charitable reform language, and specifically language to address abuses in the area of preservation easement donations … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Farwell Building Chicago

The public celebrations over the fate of this 1927 Beaux Arts-style building were short lived. The Commission on Chicago Landmarks in March approved, by a vote of 8-1, a plan to dismantle the 11-story local landmark … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Save a Landmark Put Down the Blowtorch Illinois

The Illinois Senate passed a resolution to determine the needs of historic barn preservation efforts, their potential impact on tourism and economic development in rural communities, and programs and incentives in other states … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Becker-Segal Estate Highland Park

The Illinois Senate passed a resolution to determine the needs of historic barn preservation efforts, their potential impact on tourism and economic development in rural communities, and programs and incentives in other states … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Illinois Historic Barns Resolution (S.R. 700)

The Illinois Senate passed a resolution to determine the needs of historic barn preservation efforts, their potential impact on tourism and economic development in rural communities, and programs and incentives in other states … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Should Religious Properties Be Landmarked? Chicago

In 1987, the Chicago City Council amended its local preservation ordinance to include an owner-consent requirement for the landmark designation of religious properties. Property-owner consent for other properties, however … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Soldier Field Chicago

The recent $660 million renovation of this 81-year-old structure—which LPCI had strongly opposed—has resulted in its de-listing as a National Historic Landmark (NHL). Former U.S. Interior Secretary Gale Norton had … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Cook County Hospital Chicago

Cook County Commissioner Mike Quigley, on March 8, 2006, submitted a National Register of Historic Places nomination for the Old Cook County Hospital Building, 1400 W. Harrison St., to the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency … FULL STORY

 
         
   

New Dollars/New Partners Church Training Program

In an effort to assist religious congregations with older buildings, Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois (LPCI) is sponsoring a year-long fundraising training program for ten Chicago-area congregations … FULL STORY

 
         
    Skiff House Kenilworth

A week before its scheduled razing—and following a pre-demolition salvage auction — this Daniel Burnham-designed house at 157 Kenilworth Ave. was saved from the wrecking ball in early November. Facing strong local protests … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Berghoff’s Restaurant Chicago

The closing of this historic German restaurant was front page news last December. Lost in the press coverage was that neither of the two buildings housing the restaurant is a protected Chicago Landmark, although they date to 1872 … FULL STORY

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Wrigley Field Landmark Protection Chicago

After more than two years of discussion with the Chicago Cubs baseball team, the city of Chicago is proceeding with plans to designate Wrigley Field as a local landmark. If approved, Wrigley Field would become … FULL STORY

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Streator High School Streator

The LaSalle County Circuit Court in September dismissed a lawsuit brought by LPCI and the National Trust for Historic Preservation to stop the partial demolition of this 1923 high school building … FULL STORY

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Soldier Field Case Lost Chicago

On February 21, 2003 the Supreme Court of Illinois issued a ruling against LPCI’s and the Friends of the Parks’ appeal of the Soldier Field case. In a unanimous opinion, the Supreme Court upheld the lower court’s decision … FULL STORY

 
         
   

Preservation Day A Success Springfield

A list of the state’s Ten Most Endangered Historic Places for the coming year was announced by LPCI at a March 12 press conference that was attended by dozens of community representatives, property owners, state FULL STORY

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

New Preservation Grant and Loan Program Chicago

Two of the most architecturally significant buildings in the Chicago metropolitan area—H.H. Richardson’s Glessner House and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple—have received substantial grants from a new LPCI program … FULL STORY

 
         
   

It’s Time-Again-for Pro-Active Preservation Editorial

The ten projects represented by this year’s Driehaus Preservation Awards are truly inspirational. They represent the best of what Illinois preservationists can accomplish through determined advocacy campaigns FULL STORY

 
     
     

 

 

 

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