2016 Donnelley Fund Grant Recipients

Pleasant Home Foundation: Preservation in Person program, Oak Park

Pleasant Home, also known as the John Farson House, is a National Historic Landmark designed by George Washington Maher and built in Oak Park in 1897. The Pleasant Home Foundation was established in 1990 to restore the house and oversee the continued use as a public property and historic museum. The Foundation requested funding for Preservation in Person, a public education program to inform and build advocacy for preservation efforts. Academic presentations will be followed by small group visits to historic sites not generally available to the public, culminating in a larger tour of special spaces related to the lecture topics.

City of Princeton - Downtown Feasibility Study

The City of Princeton’s North Main Street Business District contains a collection of largely intact late nineteenth and early twentieth century commercial buildings, as well as a grain elevator, railroad depot and a park. Landmarks Illinois’ Donnelley Fund grant supported the city’s Phase 1 of a feasibility study of the North Main Street Business District, consisting of a one-day assessment and analysis of the historic and cultural resources by a team of preservation professionals and the compilation of an illustrated report.

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