Bloomington house on endangered landmark list

2011-04-06T10:18:00Z 2011-04-13T13:57:47Z Bloomington house on endangered landmark listThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 06, 2011 10:18 am  • 

SPRINGFIELD -- An eastern Illinois movie theater, three Catholic churches in Streator and a nearly vacant Chicago hospital are among the 10 locations the state has added to its list of endangered historical sites.

The group Landmarks Illinois released its annual list Wednesday.

It includes the Will Rogers Theatre in Charleston, which was built in 1938 but closed this year. Also on the list are three late-19th Century churches in Streator and the Prentice Women's Hospital building in Chicago.

The Soper-Burr House in Bloomington also made the list.

Jim Peters, president of Landmarks Illinois, calls the sites on the list "exceptionally important structures." Peters says his group hopes to call attention to them and "generate solutions for their preservation."

List of endangered Ill. landmarks

Landmarks Illinois released its annual list of Illinois' 10 most threatened historic sites. This year's list:

• Belleville Turner Hall, Belleville, St. Clair County. A brick and limestone building built in the early 1920s as a community center. Now vacant and owned by the city.

• Bolivia Road Bridge, North Fork of the Sangamon River in Bolivia, Christian and Sangamon counties. Built in 1901 and still in use. Scheduled for demolition and replacement for 10 years.

• Iannelli Home and Studio, Park Ridge, Cook County. A pair of late 19th and early 20th century buildings that were the home and studio of sculptor Alfonso Iannelli, who died in 1965. Now for sale.

• New Regal Theater, Chicago, Cook County. Opened in 1927 as the Avalon in 1927; designed in Middle Eastern/Moorish-style by noted architect John Eberson. In foreclosure and expected to be sold through judicial sale.

• Prentice Women's Hospital, Chicago, Cook County. Built in 1975 but mostly vacant since Northwestern Women's Hospital relocated in 2007.

• Sheriff's home and jail, Paxton, Ford County. An Italianate-style brick house built in 1871 to serve as a sheriff's residence, with an attached stone jail. Owned by the county but vacant for several years and discussed as a target for demolition.

• Soper-Burr House, Bloomington, McLean County. Built in three phases from 1859 to 1890 but vacant since June 2009.

• Immaculate Conception, St. Anthony's Church and St. Stephen's Church, Streator, LaSalle County. Built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Closed by the Diocese of Peoria in 2010 though that move is being challenged by church members.

• West End Settlement House, Rock Island, Rock Island County. Built in 1909 to provide social services and educational training for the city's poor. The Prairie/Craftsman-inspired building is used an an Elk's lodge.

• Will Rogers Theatre, Charleston, Coles County. Opened in 1938 with Art Deco design. Closed this year. Local preservationists hope to find a buyer.

Source: Landmark Illinois

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