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Operations to be Reduced at Illinois Historic Sites


Pillars of Auburn Gresham Cornerstone for Community


The Pillars of Auburn Grisham is an 18-minute film to promote the neighborhood of Auburn Gresham, a community on the south side of Chicago. Through the generous support of the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Landmarks Illinois and Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago (NHS) are partners in Cornerstones for Community, an innovative program that utilizes historic preservation as a community development tool—working directly within communities to enhance the ethic for preserving neighborhoods and individual properties. This film is one of three projects included in this program.  [more

Photo: Senator Jacqueline Collins, State Senator, 16th District is a featured speaker in the film.


Historic Tax Credit Workshops


To continue educating communities about the need for a statewide historic tax credit program, and the benefits of the federal historic tax credit program, Landmarks Illinois is scheduling eight historic tax credit workshops throughout the state this summer. The free workshops will highlight the findings of Landmarks Illinois’ state historic tax credit economic study, released in October 2013, which concluded that such a program would pay for itself and create needed jobs.

The state’s existing River’s Edge Historic Tax Credit, available only in 5 cities and due to expire in January, 2017, is not sufficient for attracting investment and creating jobs statewide. The workshops will also highlight projects using the federal historic tax credit and the need to protect this critical program from tax reforms expected to be considered by Congress next year. [more

Photo: Metropolitan Hall Lofts, 324-330 East State St., Rockford. This $3 million mixed use project, scheduled for completion in fall, 2014, will contain 8 market rate residential loft apartments and ground-level retail. The project’s financing includes the federal historic tax credit and the current state historic tax credit. The property is located in the River’s Edge district of Rockford.

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)


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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Sullivan in the Loop
Thursday, Sept. 18
12:15 to 1:00 p.m.

At the next Preservation Snapshots lecture, architect Douglas Gilbert will discuss Louis Sullivan and the Auditorium Building in relation to Sullivan's other work in Chicago's Loop--both surviving and lost. Prior to starting his own firm in 2010, Douglas Gilbert, AIA worked at Harboe Architects for three years and for Gunny Harboe at McClier for nine years ... [more]

(photo)  Auditorium Building, Wabash Avenue and Congress Street, Chicago, c. 1890.

Older, Smaller, Better
New Report Released

All across America, blocks of older, smaller buildings are quietly contributing to robust local economies and distinctive livable communities. This groundbreaking study from the National Trust for Historic Preservation demonstrates the unique and valuable role that older, smaller buildings play in the development of sustainable cities. [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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