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Show Your Support To Save Keck + Keck's Blair House

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Feb 11, 2015 01:06 AM
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by Eric last modified Feb 09, 2015

I recently received word from Landmarks Illinois that the Lake Bluff Historic Preservation Commission will have a public hearing on February 11, 2015 and if they vote to recommend to the village board landmark designation for the endangered Keck + Keck-designed Blair House, the village board will have its first reading on the matter on February 23, 2015. If the village board votes no on that date, demolition can proceed immediately. More after the jump......




 

 

Screen Shot 2015-02-09 at 7.23.50 AMI recently received word from Landmarks Illinois that the Lake Bluff Historic Preservation Commission will have a public hearing on February 11, 2015 and if they vote to recommend to the village board landmark designation for the endangered Keck + Keck-designed Blair House, the village board will have its first reading on the matter on February 23, 2015. If the village board votes no on that date, demolition can proceed immediately. More after the jump...

With the fate of this important MCM residence at stake, anyone interested in the area should try and make an appearance or have letters prepared for both the Historic Preservation Commission and village board meetings voicing support of preservation. While it is likely the Commission will likely vote "yes" to make the landmark recommendation to the board on February 11, a strong showing of support at this hearing as a matter of public record would be important to show the village board. 

The February 23 village board meeting is the critical one, since it will be “do or die” for the Blair House at that point. If the board votes to accept the Commission’s landmark recommendation on February 23, they still have the ability to deny it at the second reading of the matter at the March 9, 2015 meeting.

The ultimate hope is that the village board accepts the Commission’s landmark recommendation on both February 23 and March 9 so that the Commission can then impose a 120 day demolition delay for the Blair House as a newly designated landmark. Landmark designation does not ultimately protect the house, but does provide further delay of its demolition to search for an alternative solution. A best case scenario would be to delay demolition until September or October so that a purchaser could be found.
   
If you'd like to add your voice to the effort to save this MCM gem, please contact Landmarks Illinois Director of Advocacy, Lisa DiChiera, at DiChieraL@lpci.org or at (312) 922-1742 ext. 229.

Image via Landmarks Illinois


 

 

 
 
 

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