2017 Landmarks Illinois Grant Recipients: Press Release

Landmarks Illinois awards $31,500 in funding during first half of 2017 through annual grant programs

June 28, 2017

Media Contact:
Kaitlyn McAvoy
Communications Manager, Landmarks Illinois

CHICAGO – Landmarks Illinois today announced $31,500 in grant funding for a dozen historic preservation projects in Illinois through its Preservation Heritage Fund and Barbara C. and Thomas E. Donnelley II Preservation Fund grant programs.

The grants were awarded between January and June of 2017 and range from $1,000 – $5,000 each. Grant recipients will use the funding for restoration and repair projects at historic sites and buildings across the state, including a nationally recognized historic carpenter shop in Bishop Hill, a garden designed by renowned landscape architect Jens Jensen in Chicago, and iconic Route 66 signage in Lincoln.

“Landmarks Illinois’ grant recipients during the first half of the year show the diverse range of creative reuse and rehabilitation projects happening in Illinois,” said Bonnie McDonald, President & CEO of Landmarks Illinois. “Community members across the state are taking action to save special places, and Landmarks Illinois is proud to provide the funding that, in many cases, kick starts these local preservation efforts.”

Landmarks Illinois’ Preservation Heritage Fund grant recipients during the first six months of 2017 are (in alphabetical order by project location):

  • Belleville Historical Society: Creating ADA accessible restroom at Blazier House in Belleville
  • Bishop Hill Heritage Association: Phase 1 of the restoration of the Carpenter Shop in Bishop Hill
  • Bolingbrook Historic Preservation Commission: Ground Penetrating Radar of Boardman Cemetery in Bolingbrook
  • Urban Juncture Foundation: Structural repairs to the Forum in Chicago
  • Music Institute: Masonry Repairs at the Music Institute of Chicago building in Evanston
  • Forest Preserve District of Cook County: Structural repairs to the Sagawau Farmhouse in Lemont
  • City of Lincoln: Restoration of the Tropics Route 66 neon sign in Lincoln
  • Maeystown Preservation Society: Repairs to the Maeystown Stone Bridge in Maeystown
  • Save the Massac: Structural repairs to the west wall of the Massac Theatre in Metropolis
  • Central Illinois Landmarks Foundation: Relocation of the LeTourneau House in Peoria
  • City of Wilmington: Reroof of Old City Hall in Wilmington

Read more about our 2017 Preservation Heritage Fund grant recipients at our website.

In addition, Landmarks Illinois awarded a Donnelley Preservation Fund grant in the first six months of 2017 to:

  • Chicago Parks Foundation: Jens Jensen Formal Garden Restoration Project in Humboldt Park, Chicago

Read more about our 2017 Donnelley Preservation Fund grant recipient at our website.

About our grant programs

Landmarks Illinois’ Preservation Heritage Fund and Donnelley Preservation Fund grant programs provide monetary assistance to significant structures or sites in Illinois that are under threat of demolition, in imminent deterioration, in need of stabilization, in need of structural or reuse evaluation, or need to be evaluated for landmark eligibility.

Established in 2004, the Preservation Heritage Fund grant program targets projects focusing on engineering, architectural and feasibility studies, stabilization, legal services, survey and National Register Nominations and preservation ordinance support. Preservation Heritage Fund grants are awarded four times a year. The Donnelley Preservation Fund grant program was created in 2o14 and is awarded twice a year to planning activities and education efforts focused on preservation. Learn more about our grant programs and eligible projects by clicking on “Financial Resources” under the “Resources” tab on our website, www.Landmarks.org.

About Landmarks Illinois

Landmarks Illinois is a membership-based nonprofit organization serving the people of Illinois. We inspire and empower stakeholders to save places that matter to them by providing free guidance, practical and financial resources and access to strategic partnerships. For more information, visit www.Landmarks.org.

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