Tazewell County Courthouse, Pekin, Illinois

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, an experienced builder turned architect, and the more classically trained architect Roland Ginzel. The firm…

More Delavan, Illinois

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.

Footprint, Pekin, Illinois

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.

Downtown Delavan, Illinois

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 of occupancy is high as well, with few empty buildings. This street has some of…

Delavan, Illinois Churches

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 belfry I often see in rural churches; I wonder whether it would have originally been…

National Guard Armory, Delavan, Illinois

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 country.

Delavan, Illinois

The historic Third Street Bridge is on the National Register, and was the reason I visited Delavan, Illinois late in August. As I soon discovered, the town is really wonderful, full of beautiful buildings and some unique businesses. The bridge itself spans a now abandoned rail line that led through the middle of town.

September 11th

Update: I revisited September 11th on its twentieth anniversary when I visited Washington, DC in a three part post. You can see those  three parts here, here and here. On September 11, 2001, I was living in Washington, DC, attending grad school at George Washington University. My apartment was in Foggy Bottom, six blocks from…