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2014 Ten Most Endangered Historic Places


The Ten Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois list was announced by Landmarks Illinois at an April 1st press conference in Springfield. From important corner commercial buildings to a pre-Civil War marine hospital to a historic planned manufacturing district to a 19th century “fresh air in the country” camp designed by noted landscape architect Jens Jensen—the 2014 “Ten Most” list includes a remarkable variety of structures.  [more

(Clockwise from the top left) McAuley Schoolhouse, West Chicago (credit: Courtesy of Adam B. Gibbons); Uptown Theatre, Chicago (credit: Bob Nick, Friends of the Uptown Theatre); Robertson Building, Virginia (credit: Frank Butterfield, Landmarks Illinois)


State Historic Tax Credit bill introduced in Illinois House of Representatives


An economic study prepared by the University of Illinois Springfield for Landmarks Illinois demonstrates that a statewide historic tax credit would help rehabilitate dozens of historic buildings, pay for itself without a hit to the state budget, and create hundreds of jobs across the state. The study prompted the introduction of HB4533 by Representative Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley) on February 4, 2014, to support the creation of a statewide historic tax credit. Its counterpart, SB336, sponsored by Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), passed the State Senate on April 24, 2013, with a resounding vote of 46-8.  [more

Photo: Rendering of the planned rehabilitation, Prairie (Peacock) Brewhouse, Rockford. Credit: Courtesy of Gary Anderson Architects

Preservation is Progress

Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards


This year’s nine award winners exemplify successful adaptive use and restoration projects as well as outstanding advocacy and education efforts. From an historic trail to a soaring 1920s skyscraper, each project demonstrates a commitment to excellence and the transformative impact of historic preservation. The 19th annual Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards will be presented on October 26 at a reception at the landmark InterContinental Chicago.

(clockwise from top left) Pure Oil Building, Geneva; Harper Theater, Chicago; Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail; Pomeroy Apartments, Chicago


Special thanks to our awards jury: Andrew Ahitow, Chicago Apartment Finders, Chicago (a Landmarks Illinois board member); Dennis Garlick, W.E. O’Neil Construction, Chicago; Bonnie McDonald, Landmarks Illinois; Corlis Moody, Quinn Chapel A.M.E Church, Chicago; Amy Munro, City of Elgin; and Rachel Will, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Chicago. [more

Saved For Future Generations

Preservation in Action


Click Here to watch this moving video about the work of Landmarks Illinois which profiles three important projects and the people whose lives they have touched. Landmarks Illinois sincerely thanks JAQ Corp., architects for the Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church project, for its donation of the use of project photos for this video.




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Tracking the Lost Treasures of the Auditorium

Join Bart Swindall, historian, The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, as he discusses the Auditorium Building.

Over the course of 125 years, a lot has gone missing from the Auditorium Building: windows, mosaics, furniture. Some things, like the Auditorium Bar or the Theatre's box seat arches, are long gone. But not everything that's missing is truly lost. A mosaic fireplace removed in the 1930s turned up in a dirty garage, and a Gorham Silver centerpiece from the hotel's banquet service was discovered holding geraniums on a suburban patio.

Tracking the Lost Treasures of the Auditorium

(photo) Recovered mosaic fireplace, The Auditorium Building, Chicago. Credit: Bart Swindall

This talk will be held on Thursday, April 17, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Auditorium Building, Roosevelt University’s Murray-Green Library, 430 S. Michigan Avenue, 10th floor, Chicago.  [more]


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Recent Past Survey


WBEZ radio recently featured the “Recent Past Survey of Suburban Cook County”, read about it here or check out the survey highlights here.


Buildings For Sale
Of Historic Interest

Use the following link to view listings have been submitted to Landmarks Illinois and represent buildings for sale of historic interest.


Imperiled Buildings


Illinois Restoration Resources

Click Here to view the Landmarks Illinois Restoration Resources guide. This on-line guide provides property owners and design professionals with access to professional services, products, craftspeople, and other experts related to the maintenance, restoration, and rehabilitation of older structures.  [more







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