Saturday, September 15, 2007

GAR Hall in Aurora, Illinois


I am a Southerner and a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, but when it comes to the Civil War and preservation, we are all brothers. The Grand Army of the Republic Hall in Aurora, Illinois, is in dire need of repairs.

This was built between 1877-1878 and was a meeting place for Union veterans of the Civil War. It was funded by "popular subscription". It is an octagonal Gothic Revival structure constructed of locally-quarried limestone and  features arched stained glass windows and has a Union soldier on guard duty standing on the top.

In the late 1960s, public outcry prevented it from being torn down and turned into a parking lot.

American Express is donating $1 million toward preservation projects in Chicagoland, but only those with the most votes will getbthe dough.

You can vote for it at http://www.partnersinpreservation.com/

I'd Definitely Appreciate Your Vote. --RoadDog

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