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 a lot of businesses that are well known outside of the neighborhood. But it… 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
The Tazewell County Courthouse is a fantastic example of Beaux-Arts architecture in the early Twentieth Century, and is also listed on the National Register. The building was designed by the firm of Deal & Ginzel, a partnership between John Deal,… Continue Reading
I love the detailing on the following buildings, most of which are downtown. And finally, the Delavan Library, which is on the National Register; it’s a nice building, small but elegant.
I think there used to be a building here, and the outline of the front door alcove is still preserved in the sidewalk. Sort of depressing.
Inspired by Philadelphia, and similar to downtown St. Louis, the streets of Delavan are named after trees; the main street of the town is Locust Street. What a stunning downtown Delavan has, complete with several National Register storefronts. The level… Continue Reading
The two main churches I found in Delavan are nice examples of Revival architecture in Nineteenth-Century America. The first church is a simple, but elegant Gothic Revival structure on the main street of the town. The church features a wooden… Continue Reading
Finished in 1939, the National Guard Armory in Delavan is a fascinating work of Art Deco architecture. Humming with activity the day I was there, it’s nice to see an armory that’s not sitting empty, like so many across the… Continue Reading