It’s late summer, and things are looking good around the family farm.
I’ve seen this garage a million times, just south of Delmar in University City, and I’ve always been impressed with the beauty of the green terracotta tiles. And coupled with the roof of the main house, it creates a wonderful… Continue Reading
Yes, that’s a statue of Abraham Lincoln in front of the courthouse in Metamorah. The Greek Revival courthouse is in the process of being restored. The beautiful square in front of the courthouse is a perfect setting to view the… Continue Reading
Famous for being one of the venues of the Lincoln-Douglass debates, Metamorah is also a quaint, if relatively small town. Dominated by the original courthouse, where Lincoln practiced law, it looks almost a little like New England; most courthouses in… Continue Reading
Built in the early 20th Century and now listed on the National Register, the Illinois Traction Depot in Mackinaw provided service between Peoria, Danville and St. Louis. The McKinley Bridge originally carried the railroad to St. Louis’s downtown. I like… Continue Reading
One of the best local websites is Bad Mansard, and occasionally I pay tribute to that site and its ingenious idea with a bad mansard of my own.
Update: The building above is now home to Sister Cities, a fantastic Cajun restaurant. Marine Villa is one of those neighborhoods that is forgotten about, often times confused with just being the southern portion of Benton Park, and doesn’t have… Continue Reading
Mineral Springs Park in downtown Pekin is one of the most stunning Victorian era parks I have ever seen. At the center, the elaborate, restored pavillion is a jewel.
One of the busiest intersections in Pekin hosts no fewer than four churches that I could spot. In particular, I was interested in this Modernist church on the southwest corner. Its clean lines contrasted greatly with some of the older… Continue Reading