The 2012 List of Most Endangered Historical Places in Illinois

May 07, 2012

Landmark Illinois has announced this year’s list of Ten Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois.

Illinois Historic PlacesThe list, which has been running since 1995, has resulted in more than a third of the Chicagoland listed properties featured being saved, less than a quarter have been demolished, and the rest remain threatened or are being rehabilitated according to Landmarks Illinois.

The list is as follows:

  1. Bresee Tower in Danville: Designed by Chicago firm Mundie & Jensen in 1917 as the First National Bank, the tallest building in Danville is owned by  Kentucky-based company unable to foot the bill for a renovation. The local community is trying to find a way to salvage the decaying property.
  2. Bruch- Guertler House in Alton: This limestone Gothic Revival property built in 1854 is intact but rapidly declining under the care of its current owner.
  3. Fox Rive Country Day School in Elgin: This foreclosed  53-acre property built in 1923 closed in 2011 due to low enrollment. The stucco, stone and tile details of the building could be erased if developers target the site.
  4. Blair House in Lake Bluff: Designed by Keck & Keck in 1955 sits on a lakefront lot. The property has been featured prominently throughout the years, but currently sits for sale and is endangered of being demolished.
  5. Freeport City Hall in Freeport: A study group is searching for ways to renovate this red sandstone city hall built in 1899. Serous concerns over the building’s structural stability caused the municipal officers to move to a rented location.
  6. Marbold Farmstead in Greenview: Local residents long to use the site as an educational center. The community is eager to raise money to renovate the decaying building.
  7. Maywood Home for Soldiers’ Widows in Maywood:  This brick building built in 1924 to offer shelter to the widows of Civil War soldiers is owned by the Village and needs a pragmatic approach to restore its usefulness.
  8. Prentice Women’s Hospital in Chicago: This concrete, clover-leafed structure designed by Bertrand Goldber has been vacant since 2011. Northwestern University is eager to demolish the building for a new medical research facility.
  9. Hotel Guyon in Chicago: This West Garfield Park landmark, built in 1928 as a residential hotel, has been vacant for nearly a decade.Currently in court for multiple code violations, the property is a nightmare for developers due to the economic factors of the neighborhood and the current lending market.
  10. Historic Neighborhood Schools: Throughout the state, historic schools in the towns of El Paso, Harrisburg, Jacksonville, Pekin and Springfield are all threatened with or proposed for demolition.

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What do you hope to see accomplished in order to have these historical Illinois landmarks avoid demolition?

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