September 2020 PHF Grant Recipients: PRESS RELEASE


September 15, 2020

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Kaitlyn McAvoy
Communications Manager, Landmarks Illinois

Landmarks Illinois’ Preservation Heritage Fund Grant Program provides funding to restoration projects in four Illinois communities

CHICAGO – Landmarks Illinois has awarded a total of $10,000 in grant funding to historic preservation projects in Chicago, Havana, Peoria and Plainfield, Illinois, through the Landmarks Illinois Preservation Heritage Fund Grant Program.

Each Preservation Heritage Fund grant recipient has been awarded a $2,500 matching grant, which requires the grant recipient to raise funds equal or greater to the Landmarks Illinois grant amount. Preservation Heritage Fund Grants, awarded four times a year, provide funding to people and organizations in Illinois leading historic preservation projects at significant structures that are under threat of demolition, require stabilization and/or reuse or structural evaluation or those that need to be evaluated for landmark eligibility.

Congratulations to our four latest Preservation Heritage Fund Grant Recipients. Learn more about each grant recipient at our website.

  • Pentecostal Church of Holiness, Chicago: $2,500 to help with priority restoration needs at the church located in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood. Landmarks Illinois will work with the church’s congregation to determine the necessary first steps in the planned overall restoration of the historic church, which was built in 1931 as the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.
  • City of Havana: $2,500 to conduct a condition assessment on the city’s historic water tower. Constructed in 1887, the Havana Water Tower is the fourth oldest water tower still in use in Illinois and is a cherished local landmark. However, the brick structure has suffered from deterioration and is in need of repair.
  • Peoria Historical Society, Peoria: $2,500 to use toward priority repairs on the historic Pettengill-Morron Historic House Museum, including repairs to the soffit, roof, windows, chimney and porch caused by water damage. The National Register-listed Pettengill-Morron House was built in 1868 by the abolitionist Moses Pettengill, whose previous home in downtown Peoria served as a stop along the Underground Railroad in Illinois.*
  • Plainfield Historical Society, Plainfield: $2,500 to help pay for a new roof and gutters on the Turner Mottinger House, a historic home originally constructed beginning in the 1830s by one of the founders of Plainfield, Illinois. The Plainfield Historical Society purchased the home, which has been enlarged twice between 1838 and 1866, to prevent demolition.

More about the Preservation Heritage Fund Grand Program

The Preservation Heritage Fund Grant Program was created in 2004 and provides funding to the following historic preservation project types: Engineering, architectural and feasibility studies; Stabilization; Legal services; Surveys and National Register nominations; Preservation ordinance support.

Grant applications are accepted four times a year in January, April, July and October. The next grant application deadline for funding through the grant program is October, 15, 2020. Please visit to apply for a grant and to learn more about the grant program.

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*This sentence has been corrected. A previous version of this press release incorrectly stated the Pettengill-Morron House was a stop along the Underground Railroad. We have since learned it was a different home previously owned by Pettengill that served as an Underground Railroad stop, not the Pettengill-Morron House.

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Grant Recipients

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