Landmarks Illinois, one of the state's most prominent preservation groups, has just unveiled its latest list of buildings which they deem to be Illinois' most endangered. The group, which has been working to protect historic buildings over the last 45 years, hopes to raise awareness for the buildings highlighted in this year's list. Several are located in the greater Chicagoland area, but three are close to home.
Cornell Store and Flats
Designed by Walter Burley Griffin and built in 1908, Landmarks Illinois notes that the Cornell Store and Flats building at 1230-32 E. 75th Street in Chicago is a very "rare example of commercial Prairie School architecture." The style was popular in the area at the turn of the century, and primarily utilized for residential architecture, particularly in Oak Park and its neighboring communities. Landmarks Illinois indicates that this building is currently in "demolition court" and could be lost if the building's owner is unable to come up with a plan for it.
St. Adalbert Church and Chicago's Historic Catholic Churches
Like many notable Chicago churches, St. Adalbert could be facing demolition sometime in the near future if the Archdiocese does not seek protection or redevelopment. Landmarks Illinois points to St. Adalbert as a shining example of Chicago's religious architecture that is worth saving, but highlights the fact that there are likely to be many more churches that will need protection in order to survive.
Harley Clarke Mansion
Located near the Lake Michigan shoreline in Evanston, the Harley Clarke Mansion is a fine example of the gilded age architecture that was constructed in the area during the first few decades of the twentieth century. The mansion is a designated city landmark and is owned by the City of Evanston, however the building has remained vacant since last summer when the Evanston Art Center's lease expired. Evanston has decided to table the debate on what to do with the mansion until the state's current budget impasse is resolved, but Landmarks Illinois is concerned that the city may consider demolition as a possible option.
- 2016 Most Endangered Historic Places [Landmarks Illinois]