H. Driehaus County Courthouse Initiative
New Film Presentation
new video about Landmarks Illinois'
Richard H. Driehaus County Courthouse Initiative
produced by photographer and architect
Tom Rossiter and made possible in-part through his
own in-kind donation. The County Courthouse Initiative
was envisioned as a catalyst to promote pride in the
historic courthouse and to inspire others to
invest in their downtown courthouse square. After five years, and
18 grants in 17 counties valued over $700,000, we know
that this program has made a difference. Look for our
Courthouse Initiative Economic Impact Study soon.
Brown County Courthouse, Mt. Sterling (credit: Tom Rossiter)
“Most Endangered” Announced
What You Can Do
The 2015 Most Endangered Historic Place list was announced by Landmarks
Illinois at an April 22nd press conference in Springfield.
Now in its 20th year, the statewide endangered list calls attention to
threatened historic resources in need of assistance in the form of responsible
stewardship, creative reuse plans, and advances in public policy. The slow
economic recovery, state budget crisis, and a lack of available financing
continue to challenge historic sites throughout Illinois. Whether it’s a call to Governor Rauner’s office or
spreading the word about properties in need of a new owner--you can help. Please
check each endangered listing’s “What You Can Do” section for ideas.
William H. Coventry House, Harvard (credit: McHenry County
A Bold Move
In the waning
hours of a deadline set by a developer who intended to demolish the 1928
Prairie-style Irving House, designed by noted architect John Van Bergen,
Chris Enck, a project engineer with the firm Klein and Hoffman and
vice-chair of Landmarks Illinois’ young professionals’ Skyline Council,
bought the house for ten dollars and orchestrated a complicated move ... [more]
LI’s Lisa DiChiera, new owner Chris Enck, and Planner, City
of Wilmette Erika Fabisch at the house move on October 10, 2014.
Saved For Future Generations
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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Making Historic Buildings
Accessible to All
Join us Tuesday, September 29 – 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Landmarks
Illinois and AIA Chicago, both program partners of ADA 25 Chicago, present a
panel on adding and improving accessibility in the rehabilitation of
historic buildings. [more]
For Sale: Imperiled Buildings
Use the following link to view listings have been submitted to Landmarks
Illinois and represent buildings for sale of historic interest.
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.
In the News
Check out highlights from the
Recent Past Survey
of Suburban Cook County. Photo: 2400 S. Home Ave., Berwyn.