Historic Preservation

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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - A brighter and more colorful Abraham Lincoln is returning to the Peoria Historical Society early next year.

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Developers, historic preservationists and city council members are crying foul on House Republicans' proposed federal tax plan that includes eliminating the Historic Tax Credit.

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The owners of Peoria’s Cooperage 214 building on Pecan Street in the Warehouse District are being recognized for the historic preservation practices carried out in rehabbing the building.

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Patrons of several Peoria establishments this month might encounter a brightly-colored cardboard box, accompanied by a small paper replica of a church.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois soon will give visitors a chance to donate online to free-admission historic sites such as Abraham Lincoln's Tomb and the Old State Capitol.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency added 25 significant properties to the National Register of Historic Places in 2016.  The list includes a historic apartment building on Main St. in Peoria. 

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A peculiar steel structure designed by the late inventor Robert Gilmore LeTourneau is getting a facelift and a new permanent home. 

Year-End Progress Report: WCBU Checks In On Zion Coffee

Dec 23, 2016
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In 2016, WCBU interviewed a husband-and-wife entrepreneur team aspiring to open a shop in the Warehouse District. Banu and Mike Hatfield planned to open Zion Coffee this summer. But the building, once the Union Depot Hotel, is still under construction. 

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The River Edge Redevelopment Zone Program is being extended for a year.

Historic Peoria Heights Building Attracts New Commerce

Nov 23, 2016
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A Peoria Heights building originally constructed in the 1860s to manufacture bicycles has found yet another life.

The Rouse Hazard building at 4416 North Prospect Rd. previously housed auto pioneer Charles Duryea, a boxing ring, and most recently, a motorcycle maintenance shop.

Katie Kim, CEO of The Kim Group that renovated the building, sees value inside its old walls.

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North Dakota regulators are proposing a fine of at least $15,000 against the company building the four-state Dakota Access pipeline.  The Public Service Commission says that a subsidiary of Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners didn't get regulators' approval to proceed with construction after artifacts, including stone cairns, were found last month.

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A new converted residential space is opening its doors for potential tenants in Peoria’s Warehouse District. The Winkler Loft building was built in the 1926 to house Roszell’s Dairy. It later became home to Winkler Meats, which operated in the building until last year. 

The industrial building stayed in the family and is now being marketed as a 28-unit urban loft complex, with with 10,000 square feet of commercial space on the first floor. 

Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis praised the development during a ribbon cutting ceremony Mon.


This week, we're speaking with two local artists and preservationists who are turning a historic Peoria church into an international art destination. 

Natalia Villanueva and Earl Power Murphy purchased the aging Hale Memorial Church on High St., with hopes of converting it into an interactive art space and destination for artists around the world to do residencies. Their non-profit Yaku, which means "water" in Quechua, aims to serve as a bridge that connects people of different cultures through art. 

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Federal money will pay for restoration work at Abraham Lincoln's law office in Springfield.  Illinois Historic Preservation Agency officials say the site's exterior has visible deterioration and the $166,000 grant will fund facade work, window repairs and new doors, among other improvements.

Microbrewery On Tap to Open Sept. 26

Sep 20, 2016
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A Springfield-based restaurant and craft brewery is opening its second location in Peoria next week. Obed & Isaac’s Microbrewery and Eatery announced it's set to open Mon., with a ceremony that includes comments from Mayor Jim Ardis and Gov. Bruce Rauner. 

Obed & Isaac's first location is just a few blocks away from the Governor's Mansion in the capital city. A spokesperson for the parent company, Conn's Hospitality Group, says Gov. Rauner is a regular, and he typically orders the brewery’s black IPA.

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The Murray Building in Peoria’s Warehouse District has been approved by the National Parks Service for its design and construction methods as they relate to the Historic Tax Credit program.   

The CEO of the property management team heading up the redevelopment of the building says the Historic Tax Credits are significant to the feasibility of the Murray Place project.   

He says the approval of Tax Credits lays the groundwork going forward.

The Murray Building renovations are turning the old retail outlet into a mixed-use building.

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Efforts are underway to digitally preserve a central Illinois courthouse where President Abraham Lincoln defended a man against a murder charge.

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An initial phase of repairs to the run-down governor's mansion in Springfield is just about complete.

Architect Jeff Evans, who's coordinating the project as a volunteer says it was in bad shape.

"The roof has been replaced. We've got about a week's worth of work to finish up odds and ends. The leaks have stopped. There's no more water infiltration. The next thing will be just to complete the rest of the rehabilitation," Evans said.

That later rehab will include fixing stairs, making an elevator usable, and applying fresh coats of paint.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Officials say they're seeing an uptick in historic renovation projects in the Springfield area thanks to low interest rates, federal historic tax credits and more awareness of the significance of historic buildings.

Springfield Historic Sites Commission vice chairman Steve Myers says he believes there are more projects going on amid an "increased appreciation for history."

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CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) - Another effort is being made to save the Will Rogers Theater in the central Illinois city of Charleston. 


Dave Stevens is a member of the Will Rogers Project. He says the theater should be auctioned at a sheriff's sale in December. 

 Another of the group's members, Earl Halbe, expects the price to be about $100,000.  Members hope the price will be lower if it goes to a buyer willing to restore it. A previous restoration attempt failed.  

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MOLINE, Ill. (AP) - Archival records from the city of Moline show that problems with parking go back to the early 1900s, when people complained about where riders parked their horses. In the 1920s, residents worried about streetcar safety.

It's the sort of history that will be available online to researchers and trivia buffs as the northwestern Illinois city continues to upload its trove of City Council minutes.

A preservation group is weighing in on a battle over a state agency's future.  Landmarks Illinois says it’s concerned about Governor Bruce Rauner's plan to get rid of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. 

Mayors from five Illinois cities say they plan to tell state lawmakers that dozens of historic structure renovation projects could be at risk if a key tax break isn't preserved.

Capitol Renovations Nearly Complete

Aug 26, 2013
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In Springfield, the west wing of Illinois' Capitol building is nearing the end of a 50 million dollarrenovation. IPR's Brian Mackey reports on the end of the two-year project.