Illinois' 10 most endangered historic places announced - – Rockford’s News Leader

Illinois' 10 most endangered historic places announced

Beecher Mausoleum (source: Beecher Mausoleum (source:

Landmarks Illinois has released its list of the ten most endangered historic places for 2013.

"The sites named to the list are all exceptionally important to not only local residents, but
the local economy," Bonnie McDonald, President of Landmarks Illinois, said. "By calling attention
to the potential for their reuse and revitalization, we are encouraging job creation and economic
development across Illinois – something everyone can support."

The properties range from a wood-frame former resort hotel to bascule bridges. Each site is in need of stewardship, reuse plans, and/or public policy changes.

The list was created in 1995 and over a third of the properties mentioned have been saved, with only less than a quarter demolished. The rest of the properties are in stages between threatened and rehabilitation.

This year's list includes:

  • Chicago Bascule Bridges - Citywide, Cook County
  • Community Mausoleums - Statewide
  • Gage House - 1175 Whitebridge Hill Road, Winnetka, Cook County
  • Lincoln Colored Home - 427 South 12th Street, Springfield, Sangamon County
  • Madison Theater - 500 Main Street, Peoria, Peoria County
  • Mineola Hotel - 91 Cora Avenue, Fox Lake, Lake County
  • Miner's Institute - 204 West Main Street, Collinsville, Madison County
  • Muddy Waters Residence - 4339 South Lake Park Avenue, Chicago, Cook County
  • Newcomb Hotel - 400 Maine Street, Quincy, Adams County
  • Joel Wiant House - 151 West Washington Street, West Chicago, DuPage County

More information and pictures of the sites can be found at


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