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Shawneetown Bank
280 Washington St.
Old Shawneetown
(Gallatin Co.)

 

This three-story building, which is considered one of Illinois’s best examples of Greek Revival architecture, was constructed in 1839 for the Bank of Illinois at Shawneetown. It is the oldest bank building in the state. Although the original bank suspended operations in 1843, it housed numerous financial institutions over the years.

 

After the Flood of 1937, Shawneetown residents were forced to relocate the entire city. When the last bank occupant left in 1942, the property was deeded to the State of Illinois. The building was restored as a state historic site in the 1970s, but it has been closed to the public much of that time. Budgetary concerns place this property, and numerous other shuttered state historic sites, in continued danger of neglect. 

 
 

 

Photo 4 (top): Courtesy of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency

 

     
 

  HOW CAN I HELP?

 

To encourage the necessary maintenance of the state historic site and its re-opening to the public, please contact:

 

 
 

The Honorable Pat Quinn
Governor
State of Illinois
207 State House
Springfield, IL 62706
Phone: 217-782-0244
E-mail directly at: www.illinois.gov/gov/contactthegovernor.cfm

 

Justin Blandford, Director
Historic Sites Division
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
313 South Sixth Street
Springfield, IL 62701
 

 
     
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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