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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 20, 2001

Governor Ryan Announces 2001 Heritage Grant Awards

SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced the recipients of the 2001 Heritage Grants, a new program designed to help not-for-profit organizations and local governments rehabilitate historic properties.

"Illinois' historic structures are valuable resources that we must preserve and enhance for future generations," said Governor Ryan. "These grant funds will be spent on a variety of planning, rehabilitation and restoration projects across Illinois."

The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA) received $500,000 in its current budget for the new Heritage Grant Program. Beginning last fall, grant applications were sent to IHPA for reimbursements of up to 60 percent of the historic rehabilitation project cost.

To be eligible for the grant, a property had to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, contribute to a National Register historic district, be designated a landmark under a local preservation ordinance, or contribute to a locally designated historic district. Properties must be owned by local governments or not-for-profit organizations.

The applications were reviewed by IHPA staff and representatives from the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois, a private, not-for-profit, historic preservation advocacy group; and a member of the Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council, which helps review other agency grant applications.

"We thank Governor Ryan for supporting this historic preservation initiative in his budget," said Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois (LPCI) President David Bahlman. "LPCI was pleased to help review the grant applications."

A list of the grant recipients follows:

CITY

COUNTY

PROJECT

FUNDING

Bishop Hill

Henry

Bishop Hill Colony School
Install storm windows in Bishop Hill Colony School

$6,739.80

Champaign

Champaign

Cattle Bank
Repair/replace roof, foundation, wood and trim

$19,260.00

Quincy

Adams

Dr. Richard Eells House
Repair/restore kitchen, second floor bedroom and first room addition

$22,000.00

Springfield

Sangamon

Elijah Iles House
Restore roof, chimney and exterior staircase

$25,000.00

Rockford

Winnebago

Erlander Home Museum
Remove/reinstall roof and repair chimney

$10,315.00

Palestine

Crawford

Fife Opera House
Repair damaged walls and tuckpoint front and sides

$12,000.00

Danville

Vermilion

Fischer Theater/Grnad Opera House
Replace boilers and make electrical renovations on the marquee

$25,000.00

Charleston

Coles

Five Mile House
Electric Work; replace windows, doors, woodwork, ceiling, porch, furnace, tuckpointing and attic insulation

$25,000.00

Chicago

Cook

Flat Iron Building
Window restoration

$25,000.00

Galena

JoDaviess

Galena Historical Society Museum
Restore windows, prep and paint building

$16,260.00

Wilmette

Cook

Gross Point Village Hall
Restore existing jail cell for display

$10,230.00

Evanston

Cook

Gross Point Lighthouse
Window, roof and gutter repairs; electrical upgrade; fire/security system

$20,000.00

Atlanta

Logan

J.H. Hawes Elevator
Restore brick foundation, install electrical system

$9,720.00

Chicago

Cook

Charnley-Persky House
North and west fa├žade brick work

$10,740.00

Oak Park

Cook

The John Farson House (Pleasant Home)
Reconstruct clay tile roof

$25,000.00

Bourbonnais

Kankakee

Letourneau Home
Replace roof; repair fascia, windows and plaster

$12,000.00

Aledo

Mercer

Mercer County Courthouse
Replace roof, structural repairs

$$25,000.00

Freeport

Stephenson

Oscar Taylor House
Install air conditioning and humidity control

$8,781.00

Jacksonville

Morgan

Our Savior's Rectory
Meet ADA requirements; expose hidden gothic window; repair ceiling, stairway, porch and floors

$23,100.00

Peoria

Peoria

Pettengill Morron House
Upgrade electrical systems, install air conditioning

$19,800.00

Pinckneyville

Perry

Perry County Jail
Remove ceiling and install sheetrock, install lighting and add stairway

$5,160.00

Carmi

White

Ratcliff Inn
Air conditioning and duct work, replace windows with protective glass

$15,720.00

Riverside

Cook

Riverside Historic Water Tower
Perform historic structures and adaptive reuse reports

$10,800.00

Elsah

Jersey

Riverview Restoration Project
Install furnace, rewire house and repair walls

$24,000.00

Sheffield

Bureau

St. Peter's Danish Ev. Lutheran Church
Replace siding and trim

$18,600.00

Chicago

Cook

Unity Hall (Jerusalem Temple)
Replace porch; masonry work; window repair/replacement; roof reapair; plumbing and electrical work

$25,000.00

Wheaton

DuPage

Grand Theater
Repair joists and deck; stabilize roof; repair and rebuild masonry

$25,000.00

Kenilworth

Cook

Kenilworth Assembly Hall
Feasibility study; conservation easement case study; landscape restoration research

$24,774.20



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