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News from the Road



While LPCI is based in Chicago, as a statewide advocacy organization LPCI is committed to visiting and giving assistance to communities throughout the state.


Southern Illinois
(Pulaski, Union and Williamson Counties)


LPCI Advocacy Director Lisa DiChiera recently traveled to Southern Illinois to attend the annual Illinois Barn Alliance (IBA) Conference held at Shawnee Community College in Ullin (Pulaski County) and to meet with preservation advocates and city officials in Marion (Williamson County).


IBA’s third annual conference focused on the challenges of barn preservation and featured a day long tour of historic barns and farmsteads in Pulaski and Union Counties. IBA secretary Jacquie Eddleman welcomed everyone to the farm her family has owned since 1848 in rural Dongola. The house dates to 1857 and in 1917 an innovative “bank” barn replaced a nineteenth century barn.

Other historic barns toured included a mule barn in downtown Dongola, (currently for sale, go to landmarks.org/how_for_sale.htm for more information), and a turn of the century former potato barn, now housing a store and restaurant, in Anna. Further information on barn preservation efforts in Illinois and a survey done by Nick Hayward, a former LPCI intern, can be found at landmarks.org/surveys.htm.


In Marion, DiChiera met with Mayor Robert Butler (at 43 years in office one of the state’s longest serving mayors), members of Marion’s new preservation commission, and Marion Main Street director Bob Stein (www.marionmainstreet.org) about downtown main street preservation issues and goals. Also, DiChiera met with an official from First Baptist Church, a 1913 Classical-Revival church that has been recently vacated by its congregation to relocate to a new building.

Preservation architect Russel Francois of Bloomington joined the meeting and site visit of the church to offer assistance toward finding a re-use solution for the building, rather than to consider demolition. To date, the congregation has not made a decision as to how to proceed.







1917 “Bank” Barn, Dongola

1857 farm house, Dongola

Former potato barn, Anna

Downtown office building, Marion

First Baptist Church, Marion

Downtown streetscape, Marion







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