Endangered Historical Sites in Illinois
April 01, 2014
A preservation group has released its list of the ten most endangered historic places in Illinois. Landmarks Illinois announced its list this morning. It includes Chicago's Uptown Theatre and a U.S. Marine hospital in Galena that the U.S. Treasury Department built in 1859.
The hospital is one of only two pre-Civil War marine hospitals remaining along a waterway. It was used during the Civil War, but by 1868, it was sold and became the German English Normal School, and later was used by Nash and Nash Medical Company and then to a series of private owners.
The group has released its annual list since 1995 hoping to call attention to the threatened sites. Landmarks Illinois officials say that since it started the list designation, more than a third of the places have been saved. The list also includes Hotel Belleville, a 1931 art deco building on the public square in the southern Illinois city. It also lists the Old Millstadt Water Tower. This year there's a special 11th item, the Federal Historic Tax Credit Program.
(Photo of the U.S. Marine Hospital in Galena courtesy of Kelly Naus of Landmarks Illinois.)