2023 Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award for Rehabilitation
Marion resident Jeff Mayer purchased the historic former hotel building at 204 Tower Square Plaza in 2020 and led the remarkable rehabilitation of the structure that has sparked reinvestment across the city’s downtown commercial area. Tobacconist Francis Goodall built the original structure that stood on the lot in 1873. Following a fire in 1898 that destroyed it, the building was reconstructed in 1900. Mayer, an automotive retailer, grew up in Marion and undertook the meticulous rehabilitation of the historic Goodall Building, focusing on quality craftsmanship and materials that would enable the building to survive another 100+ years. Today, the building provides retail, residential and rental space. A successful bakery operates on the ground floor. Second-story, luxury one-bedroom condos have been created where the Goodall family once resided. The rehabilitation of the Goodall Building is a catalyst for development in downtown Marion. Additionally, the Marion Chamber of Commerce nominated Mayer as the Citizen of the Year in 2021.
(Photo credit: Rachel Stroud)