A 19th-century residence, a seaside park, a clubhouse, a courthouse and a pair of commercial buildings make up this year’s list of Illinois’ most endangered historic places.
The annual Landmarks Illinois list is made up of nominations by “conservationists, community leaders and concerned citizens from across the state,” the organization says.
Each year’s list is meant to focus on sites at risk of deterioration, lack of maintenance, insufficient funds or inappropriate development, according to Landmark Illinois.
Specifically, this year’s list is a “targeted call to action for sites of historical and cultural significance that face a serious risk of demolition and/or suffer from significant neglect due to a lack of maintenance or insufficient funding for repairs,” a press release read.
According to the group, these monuments have historical, cultural and economic value, and “to tear them down or inappropriately redevelop them would deprive current and future generations of the chance to experience them and their unique stories.”
Landmarks in place range from Rockford to Wilmette, Joliet to Chicago. Here’s what’s on this year’s list:
Buildings of the Century and Consumers: 202-220 S. State St., Chicago
According to Landmarks Illinois, the two early 20th-century commercial buildings are in the Nationally Registered Loop Retail Historic District and are at risk of federal demolition. Previous redevelopment plans were halted due to security concerns by adjacent federal courts.
Eugene S. Pike House: 1826 W. 91st St., Chicago
The late 19th century home once used as a ‘gatekeeper’s residence’ for the Cook County Forest Preserve District sits at the south end of Dan Ryan Woods and is part of the Nationally Registered Ridge Historic District , according to Landmark Illinois.
The house is vacant, deteriorating and needs an outside user and an investor.
Will County Courthouse: 100 W.Jefferson St., Joliette
According to Landmarks Illinois, the courthouse was built in 1969 and designed by Otto Stark of CF Murphy Associates in partnership with Krugel, Healy & Moore Architects.
The organization says the Brutalist building is at risk of demolition due to Will County’s current lack of interest in exploring reuse possibilities for the architecturally significant but vacant structure.
Elks Lodge No. 64: 210 W. Jefferson Road, Rockford
The former community meeting space was built in 1912. According to Landmarks Illinois, the architecturally significant but long-vacant structure is at risk of demolition through neglect. The building requires emergency repairs as well as a rehabilitation and reuse plan.
Gilson Park: Lake Ave and Michigan Ave., Wilmette
The 60-acre Prairie-style public park along Lake Michigan is an open space used and loved by locals.
However, according to Landmarks Illinois, the Wilmette Park District is considering modifications to the 107-year-old park that would alter its passive design and remove greenery to add more roads and parking lots.
The list from previous years includes St. Mary’s School in Galena, Klas Restaurant in Cicero, the Hill Motor Sales Building in Oak Park, and various Green Book sites across the state.
According to a press release, once a property is placed on the most endangered species list, Landmarks Illinois remains committed to its preservation efforts.