Completed in 1911, the Kickapoo Building was a local tavern associated with Anheuser-Busch, back when breweries were still allowed to own saloons. Designed by Albert Keifer and constructed by John Hartwig, the building has seen new life as a coffee… Continue Reading
There are still several buildings left of the old Peoria State Hospital in Bartonville, which is just southwest of Peoria on the Illinois River. As seems to be common, the grounds have been converted into a TIF backed industrial park,… Continue Reading
Dedicated in 1899, the stunning Civil War Memorial in Peoria is one of the more unique and memorable monuments to the war I have seen, and I can assure you I’ve seen plenty living in Washington, DC. The monument was… Continue Reading
Update: Due to the much appreciated help of a reader, this church has been identified and the title updated. Read more about the church here. Right at the intersection of Main and High Streets, this magnificent church sits in splendid… Continue Reading
Update: I returned to the street in August of 2019 to photograph more houses. The West Bluff Historic District, sitting high up on the bluffs above downtown Peoria and just off of Main Street, is one of the most spectacular… Continue Reading
Peoria is really a cool city; architecturally it reminds me of a lot of mid-sized Illinois cities: lots of four-squares and wood, balloon frame houses with interesting ornamentation. Unlike St. Louis, there was never a building code that required all… Continue Reading
I don’t know much about this building, other than it seems to still be in use as a water treatment facility. It’s a great example of Romanesque Revival architecture.
Amidst the desertion of downtown Peoria on the weekend, we came across this example of Modernist architecture from the 1950’s. Read about it here.