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Granite City Fire Museum gets preservation grant

Landmarks Illinois has awarded $24,500 in matching grant funds to eight preservation projects across the state including one in Granite City.

The grants come by way of the Preservation Heritage Fund, the Barbara C. and Thomas E. Donnelley II Preservation Fund for Illinois and the Timuel D. Black Jr. Grant Fund for Chicago’s South Side grant programs.

Some $4,000 is going toward repair of the roof of the Granite City Fire Museum (shown), built in 1904 and used as the city’s first city hall, police station and firehouse. The Old Fire Engine Museum located at 1411 19th St. has on display antique firefighting equipment as well as firefighting memorabilia. Visitors learn the history of firefighting and how and what equipment they used to do their job throughout history.

Preservation Heritage Fund Grant Recipients

A total of $16,000 has been awarded to the four preservation projects through the Preservation Heritage Fund Grant Program. The other three are:

  • PODER Learning Center, Chicago: $5,000 to help with restoration efforts at a former power station that the organization plans to use as its headquarters to offer English education and job training programs to Spanish-speaking adult immigrants.
  • New Holland Area Historical Society, New Holland: $4,000 for masonry repairs to Ryan Hall, a c. 1880 building located in the center of New Holland’s downtown business district that will be used to house historic artifacts and provide a meeting space for the historic society.
  • Winnebago Community Historical Society, Winnebago: $3,000 to conduct a building condition assessment for the historic 1894 former Town Hall, one of the oldest buildings in the village.

Landmarks Illinois’ Preservation Heritage Fund Grant Program provides funding to organizations in Illinois leading historic preservation projects at significant structures that are under threat of demolition, require stabilization and/or reuse or structural evaluation or those that need to be evaluated for landmark eligibility.

Two projects received a total of $3,500 in grant funding through the Barbara C. and Thomas E. Donnelley II Preservation Fund for Illinois:

  • Naperville Preservation, Inc., Naperville: $2,000 to conduct a survey of the community’s first ever constructed full subdivision, East Highlands, which is made up of unique Midcentury Modern homes constructed in the mid-1950s.
  • Friends of Historic Second Church, Chicago: $1,500 to perform an envelope analysis of the church’s historic stained glass Oriel Window to determine the source of water infiltration currently causing damage.

Landmarks Illinois’ Barbara C. and Thomas E. Donnelley II Preservation Fund for Illinois provides monetary assistance to planning activities and education efforts focused on preservation. Visit our website to learn more about the latest grant recipients.

Timuel D. Black, Jr. Grant Fund for Chicago’s South Side Recipients

Two grants totaling $5,000 were awarded to preservation projects through the Landmarks Illinois Timuel D. Black, Jr. Grant Fund for Chicago’s South Side:

  • Inequity for Sale, Englewood: $2,000 to aid social justice artist Tonika Lewis Johnson with her Inequity for Sale project that reveals injustices in real estate and land use practices in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood.
  • Hyde Park Union Church, Hyde Park: $3,000 to conduct a building condition assessment on the historic church’s parish hall and sanctuary, built in 1926 and in need of critical repairs.

The Timuel D. Black, Jr. Grant Fund for Chicago’s South Side provides small planning and capital grants to support organizations and people working to preserve the history, culture and architecture of Chicago’s South Side, where the late Mr. Black, acclaimed civil rights leader, spent the majority of his life living and promoting African American history.

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