Bishop Hill site named a Most Endangered Historic Place in Illinois

Bishop Hill site named a Most Endangered Historic Place in Illinois

Landmarks Illinois released its list of the 2024 Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois. The list highlights 10 culturally and architecturally significant sites across the state that desperately need preservation resources.

The Bishop Hill Colony Church in Henry County is among the sites on the list. The church was built in 1848 and is one of the surviving original buildings in the Village of Bishop Hill. The village is one of the earliest settlements for Swedish immigrants in the United States. It’s considered threatened because the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has not received enough state funding to maintain the site.

“This year’s ‘Most Endangered’ sites are not only incredibly important places in their communities, but many are large-scale buildings that sit prominently in highly visible areas near city centers, in historic districts or on state-owned land,” said Bonnie McDonald, president and CEO of Landmarks Illinois. “Their neglect is seen and felt,”

“Despite their current condition, these places tell important stories from our past — stories that should not be erased due to insufficient investment or general disregard for our collective histories. Landmarks Illinois stands ready and willing to help our partners find preservation resources and solutions for these threatened places, which are opportunities for sustainable reuse, job creation and providing spaces needed in their communities.”

To see the other endangered sites in Cook, Gallatin, Johnson, Macon, Madison, Pope and St. Clair counties, click here.

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