SPRINGFIELD, Ill., April 25, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Landmarks Illinois today announced its 2018 Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois. Landmarks Illinois President & CEO Bonnie McDonald led a press conference in Springfield to reveal the more than a dozen historic places the statewide historic preservation nonprofit has identified as most threatened by demolition, deterioration or improper development.
For this year's annual list of endangered historic properties, Landmarks Illinois is calling attention to sites throughout the state that represent unique parts of Illinois' 200-year history, in honor of the Illinois Bicentennial. The sites on the 2018 Most Endangered list help tell the story of Illinois' early beginnings to its more recent past. Many of this year's sites have also served as important community gathering spaces where vital social bonds and civic dialogue occurs.
"These endangered places still have value in providing a venue for personal connections, where we can get to know our neighbors and work together to solve problems," said Bonnie McDonald, President & CEO of Landmarks Illinois. "With some creativity, vision and committed investment, these endangered properties can be preserved and reused. Landmarks Illinois is here to help every step of the way."
The 2018 Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois are (in alphabetical order by location):
The Forum, Chicago
James R. Thompson Center, Chicago
Second Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago
Chautauquas & Tabernacles, Des Plaines, Freeport and Shelbyville
State Fairgrounds, Du Quoin and Springfield
Varsity Theater Block, Evanston
The Nite Spot Café, Fairmont City
Central Congregational Church, Galesburg
Early Settlement-era Buildings, Geneva
Kincaid Mounds, Massac and Pope Counties
Old Nichols Library, Naperville
Rock Island County Courthouse, Rock Island County
Stran-Steel House, Wilmette
Full descriptions and photos of each site are available on our website.
More about the Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois Since 1995, Landmarks Illinois' Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois has called attention to threatened historic sites in need of assistance in the form of responsible stewardship, creative reuse plans and/or advances in public policy. You can view past years' Most Endangered lists on our website.
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