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State Agency Asks for Landmark Commission’s Thoughts on School Demolition

WGIL Newsroom . Local News 162

Architects working on the new Silas Willard Elementary School sent information to the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency informing them of their plans to demolish and build new.

IHPA responded with a letter asking the Galesburg Landmark commission to comment on their thoughts on the demolition of the building.

During yesterday’s Landmark Commission meeting, Commission Chair Paul Stewart told members he’d toured the building back in May of 2013 and agrees something needs to be done, but doesn’t see why it can’t be done without destroying the current school.

“When I addressed the school board, I mentioned the fact that I thought they should have been commended for renovating Lombard School, built in 1939,” Stewart said.  “I thought they did a great job of preserving that building, and they  modernized it.  All reports I hear from people…it’s functioning extremely well.”

Stewart told the commission he’d written a letter to the IHPA expressing their feelings and concerns as well as explaining what other options there are.

The architects scheduled to address the Landmark commission at their September meeting in an effort to show commissioners their plans for the school and how parts of the existing building will be incorporated in with the new.