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2012 Illinois Ten Most Endangered

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by Eric last modified Apr 24, 2012

Landmarks Illinois announced their "10 Most Endangered" sites and some significant buildings of concern to PrairieMod readers (specifically the John Van Bergen-designed Fox Valley Country Day School) made the list. Find out the details after the jump... As stated in the press release: Landmarks Illinois announces Ten Most Endangered Historic Places for 2012 A list of the state’s Ten Most Endangered Historic Places was announced today at a press conference in Springfield. Now in its...




 

 

Screen shot 2012-04-24 at 11.45.26 AMLandmarks Illinois announced their "10 Most Endangered" sites and some significant buildings of concern to PrairieMod readers (specifically the John Van Bergen-designed Fox Valley Country Day School) made the list. Find out the details after the jump...

As stated in the press release:

Landmarks Illinois announces Ten Most Endangered Historic Places for 2012

A list of the state’s Ten Most Endangered Historic Places was announced today at a press conference in Springfield.
Now in its 18th year, this statewide list calls attention to threatened historic resources in need of assistance in the form of responsible stewardship and/or creative reuse plans. The economic downturn, public deficits and a lack of available financing continue to challenge historic sites throughout Illinois.

“The sites named to the list are all exceptionally important,” said Jean Follett, Interim Executive Director of Landmarks Illinois. “By calling attention to them we hope to encourage solutions for their preservation.”

The properties on this year’s list are: an 1854 limestone house, a twelve-story terracotta clad office tower, a turn-of-the-century city hall, a Georgian Revival building that housed the widows of Civil War soldiers, a 1928 former residential hotel, a former day school designed by noted Prairie School architect John Van Bergen, a 19th-century farmstead, a Bertrand Goldberg-designed modern hospital, an exceptional residential design by the mid-20th-century architecture firm of Keck & Keck and a grouping of five “historic neighborhood schools.”

Since the inception of Landmarks Illinois’ Ten Most list in 1995, more than a third of the listed properties have been saved, less than a quarter have been demolished, and the rest remain threatened or are being rehabilitated. Landmarks Illinois has been working to protect historic places throughout Illinois for over 40 years. The not-for-profit works with citizens and communities to preserve historic places and promote awareness about them through education and advocacy. In Landmarks Illinois Ten Most Endangered announced to the Ten Most Endangered list, the organization also sponsors an annual awards
program, a heritage preservation grant program and a matching grant program for County Courthouses.

The hope is that the attention raised to the plight of these sites can help save them. See the complete list here.

Image via Landmarks Illinois



 

 

 
 
 

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